Real Old School Programming (was: Re: Where to buy a Selectric?)

Jim Isbell, W5JAI jim.isbell at
Sun Jan 1 17:05:26 CST 2006

That sounds like the one we used.  After I left there I went to the
University of Texas where we had the Nova, serial #1.  That was, I
guess, the first "desktop".  We really thought it was something...for
its time it was.  Many years later we were asked by the manufacturer
to return it to them for historical purposes and they gave us a nice
new computer for it.

On 1/1/06, Chuck Guzis <cclist at> wrote:
> On 1/1/2006 at 2:56 PM Jim Isbell, W5JAI wrote:
> >I seem to remember a CDC 3300. was there such a thing?  It was about
> >1961,  I think.  I think we programed it in COBAL and then later in
> >Fortran.
> There were 2 3000-series families, one known as "lower 3000"
> (3100/3300/3500) and the other as "upper 3000". (3600/3800)  I never had
> any direct experience with them, but I recall that the lower 3000 were 24
> bit and the upper 3000 were 48-bit machines and had the "Forbin Project"
> blue-glass styling.  Most of the CDC 6000 unit record equipment (printers,
> card readers, etc.) was designed for a 3000-series peripheral interface and
> hooked to a 6683 channel adapter box.
> Cheers,
> Chuck

Jim Isbell
"If you are not living on the edge, well then,
you are just taking up too much space."

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