Mohawk Data Sciences paper tape reader?
chrise at pobox.com
Wed Dec 3 07:19:57 CST 2008
On Saturday (11/29/2008 at 04:42AM -0800), Chuck Guzis wrote:
> On 24 Nov 2008 at 22:41, Chris Elmquist wrote:
> > It came out of a Control Data maintanance console for the Star-100, which
> > sadly, as a kid, I parted out. All I have left is the cool aluminum
> > suitcase that it was built in... and this paper tape reader.
> The maintenance console, not the Star-100, right? That'd be a big
> job even for an ambitious kid.
Ha! ya.. although, we probably could have gotten at a -100 too if
we asked. I grew up with Neil Lincoln's kids and we spent a lot of
time at ADL (Advanced Design Lab) in Arden Hills. I later worked for
Neil at ETA. Lots of history there. Neil of course was the architect
for Star-100, CY203, CY205 and ETA10.
> All I can say is that I remember the suitcase tape readers; they were
> used to load code onto the drum of the MCU; they may have also been
> used to load CPU microcode. They probably also had uses for running
> diagnostic code on the stations.
> They were also used for doing things like loading up firmware on tape
> controllers and the like in non-Star applications. I'd be surprised
> if any documentation survived on them, but maybe some CE squirreled
> some away.
I suppose. Clearly they grabbed some off-the-shelf tape reader at the
time and put it into this box. It's not a complicated piece of gear
and I can surely trace wires to make it work. I just thought it would
be cool to have some authentic info on it if it still existed.
Of course I don't want to think about having torn the entire maintanence
console to pieces but, I guess I did other fun stuff with the parts
along the way.
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