Front panel switches - what did they do?

Dave Wade dave.g4ugm at
Wed May 25 15:23:10 CDT 2016

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> On 05/25/2016 12:35 PM, Dave Wade wrote:
> > According to Wikip around 10,000 1130's were sold.
> >
> >
> >
> > one salesman claims to have sold 1,000.  They were dotted about all
> > over the place, so when I was a Student in the UK Newcastle University
> > had a 360/67. The Polytechnic where I studied had an 1130 as an RJE
> > station, as did Durham University, the "Gas Board", and the British
> > Ship Research Council.
> I had no idea!   I've programmed an 1130, but it seemed to be rather
> limited, but maybe that was what contributed to its popularity and low cost.

They were rather limited in computing terms, but it was easy to add custom i/o to them. There were lots of application packages, so I believe that many were used for specialist tasks. 
I bet both the Ship Research and the Gas Board used them with CSMP for solving differential equations. There was ECAP a circuit modelling program.  It really was sold as a departmental or personal computer.

> Does that number also include the 1800?

I don't think so. According to  about 2,000 IBM 1800's were sold..

> --Chuck


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