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Tony Duell ard at
Fri Oct 27 18:24:24 CDT 2006

> On 27 Oct, 2006, at 07:41, ard at (Tony Duell) wrote:
> > It's not that hard to trace out schematics of a classic computer [1],
> Not all classic computers are micros. Fancy tracing the schematic for

You think I don't realise that...

> my 500 square foot second generation mainframe? Fortunately I
> have most of them, along with the 'address book' which lists every
> logic signal, its sources (think wire-OR) and destinations. Its on
> roughly A3 paper and is in two volumes four inches thick.

Ah, right... Actually, given enough time ) would _love_ to trace out 
something that complicared (in my experience, time taken to trace the 
schematic goes roughly as the square of the number of component-pins [1]). 

[1] Although there are many other factors. A known 'big chip' like a 
microprocessor speeds things up a lot. A big board of TTL, or worse still 
just discrete transistors, slows things down. The reason is that a micro 
can be used in essentially one way, it will indentify the data and 
address buses (OK, maybe then buffered, but you can find those buffers 
and thus the buses inthe rest of the machine). A NAND gate can be used 
for dozens of different things. And a transistor even more. That's why 
sorting out the HP9100B took so long.


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