8-bitters and multi-whatever
ajp166 at bellatlantic.net
Thu Sep 13 14:10:10 CDT 2007
>Subject: Re: 8-bitters and multi-whatever
> From: "Chuck Guzis" <cclist at sydex.com>
> Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2007 10:15:21 -0700
> To: "General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
>On 13 Sep 2007 at 13:43, Jules Richardson wrote:
>> I suppose I've always seen it as "electronically connected computers" or
>> somesuch - i.e. it doesn't imply anything about what data is shared (or how),
>> just that something *can* be transferred without sneakernetting information
>So my use of the acoustic-coupled modem out of a TI Silent 700 on my
>MITS Altair 8800 to a CDC 6600 over phone lines was networking in
>1976? I did my source prep and assembly on the mainframe and just
>downloaded my programs to run them. Of course, I had to key in the
>basic terminal/download code via the front panel switches, but that
>wasn't a big deal.
>As far as coupling two computers together--well, that's VERY old.
>Goes back to the 1950's at least and probably is older than that.
At that time it was a loose term. Alohanet was one of the first that
really solidified the term and application. Generally there was/are
two basic classes host and client or Peer to Peer. The Altair<>CDC
was more like the first than second.
When I was doing it I had been attempting to have facilities not unlike
VMS/DECnet. The goal was from any one machine I could connect, manage
and use files from another machine and the files could exist on any
enabled machine (that had the requested resource). The goal I achieved
was a diskless machine could boot from one, use files from another and
the actual terminal was connected to a third, plus print to a fourth
machine that had the printer (and could buffer the transfer). The basic
scheme was actually simple but getting CSMA/CD between my ears the hard
part. It was node to node (addressed) conectivity with systems added
to the net able to broadcast it's presence. The only thing was it was
all and only CP/M.
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