Full immersion emulation

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Sun Mar 5 11:49:18 CST 2017

On 03/05/2017 12:02 AM, Mark Linimon wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 04, 2017 at 01:34:25PM -0800, Chuck Guzis via cctalk
> wrote:
>> terrible fluorescent lighting.
> There's another kind?

The fixtures themselves were so high that they *did* make for some
recreation.   Bored operators would engage in late-night "ring toss"
with magtape write rings to see who could land the most on top of the

I'm sure that the maintenance people detested getting the big ladder out
and clearing them off the fixtures, but they weren't around at 2AM to
observe the evil deeds.

I don't recall many who used those yellow rings for their intended
purpose.  It was just too easy to forget to remove one.  You mounted
tapes without and reached around the back of the reel with a punch card
and tripped the "finger" that detected the ring.   So the things
accumulated in great piles.

This probably changed (I don't recall) when the 66x auto-loaders came
into the picture.


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