vintage computers in active use

Rik Bos hp-fix at
Thu May 26 12:30:53 CDT 2016

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> Van: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at] Namens Fred Cisin
> Verzonden: donderdag 26 mei 2016 18:48
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> Onderwerp: Re: vintage computers in active use
> On Thu, 26 May 2016, Brent Hilpert wrote:
> > A friend notice this in the news, I heard it mentioned on the radio this
> too:
> >
> > extract:
> > 	The report said that the Department of Defence systems that co-
> ordinated
> > 	intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker
> aircraft
> > 	"runs on an IBM Series-1 Computer - a 1970s computing system - and
> uses
> > 	eight-inch floppy disks".
> "This system remains in use because, in short, it still works,"
> Pentagon spokeswoman Lt Col Valerie Henderson told the AFP news agency.
> And, THAT is why it MUST be replaced immediately by "modern" hardware and
> software, to put an end to that.  Windows10 can change that.
> "According to the report, the US treasury also needed to upgrade its
> which it said was using "assembly language code - a computer language
> used in the 1950s and typically tied to the hardware for which it was
> developed"."
> And, THAT is the reasoning for replacement?
> Not even an understanding of what assembly language IS.
> "Nobody programs in assembly language any more, nor ever will again" -
> Clancy/Harvey
> "Eight-inch floppy disks date back to the early days of computer systems"
> The author is unaware of the many decades of computers, including
> prior to floppy disks.  Mag tape?  EAM (punch-cards, etc.)?

But doesn't that be an implementation of the famous "don't ask don't tell
strategy" ?


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