Want IBM 400-series account machine
M H Stein
mhscc at canada.com
Tue Mar 1 17:40:32 CST 2005
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2005 20:54:05 -0800 (PST)
From: Vintage Computer Festival <vcf at siconic.com>
Subject: Want IBM 400-series account machine
>Can I fantasize?
Can you ever...
>I'm reading some literature on IBM accounting machines and finding them
>incredibly sexy. It would be a blast to actually program one and run
>calculations through it.
Sexy, eh? hmmm, you need to get out more...
FWIW, a while back I sent a box full of IBM unit record machine manuals,
including some tech manuals, to Norm Aleks out in your part of the country.
He was going to put them up on the web somewhere but I haven't run
across them; if you're interested you might get in touch with him.
I think Al had some on his site as well, and I also still have a duplicate
copy for one or two machines myself.
Good luck building that 402; meanwhile an emulator would be an interesting
project... (I can see it now: patch panels on the screen & connecting hubs
with mouse clicks & drags, virtual cards dropping into the pockets of the
virtual 082 sorter, dragging a virtual card deck from the virtual 083
collator to the virtual 402, etc....)
BTW, although the 402/403 &c were indeed officially called "accounting
machines," they were usually referred to as "tabulating machines." The
term "accounting machines" usually referred to the manual machines used
in banks everywhere, mostly from NCR, Monroe & Burroughs.
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