PDP-1 as minicomputer [was RE: OT - sort of]
cclist at sydex.com
Tue Aug 17 16:51:25 CDT 2010
On 17 Aug 2010 at 17:21, Ethan Dicks wrote:
> So perhaps the PDP-1 was a minicomputer before they had the word for
> it, but I am far too young to comment if it was then _called_ a
> minicomputer, after the word was coined.
I've heard the PB250 and the CDC 160A both called "minicomputers"--
both are substantially smaller in size than the PDP-1. So it's a
My own personal yardstick is that a "minicomputer" is something that
can be run from a single 120V 20A lighting circuit. The PB250
qualifies; the 160A does not--and neither does the PDP-1.
Others may use their own yardsticks.
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