Sperry UTS 40 on Ebay - Statesboro, Georgia

Henk Gooijen henk.gooijen at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 28 06:56:11 CDT 2017


This sure brings back good memories!
I worked on a Sperry 1100/60 with 3 CPUs, thus an “1163”, for several years.
I was a maintainer of EXEC, MAPPER, etc, and we tested the new software
versions (fixes!) on Saturday (during the week we needed 100% up time).
I always got a thrill out of typing $! on the system console, and seeing the
boot tape being read  😊

So, I have countless hours sitting behind an UTS40 in the office at my desk.
I knew most of the commands (starting with @) plus the options by heart,
like @asg,t to allocate a temporary file, @use to give it a “name”, etc.
AFAIK, the UTS40 does not have a “standard” connection on it, like RS-232.
But I could be wrong.
At the office they were connected to a comms concentrator, a DCP/40.

Note that the auction does not show the UTS very specific keyboard !!

Dominique, if you ever want to get rid of your UTS40 setup and like to
“donate” it to a good “retirement home”, let me know (www.pdp-11.nl<http://www.pdp-11.nl> ).
I also have a sweet spot for SPERRY … I am not sure what I would do if I got
an offer to *haul* an 1100 system, including a few UNIservo tape drives.
However, you also need an SSP and EXEC (the propriatary OS), FURPUR
and at least MASM-1100. Loved to program is assembler, but that’s an
other story …
Ah well … keep on dreaming 😊

Thanks for the memories,
Henk



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