building my own relay computer

Dale H. Cook radiotest at
Fri Feb 13 21:41:16 CST 2015

At 08:14 PM 2/13/2015, Ben wrote:

The alu has never relay been a problem with relays, but what about main storage? Punched tape (paper/film/card) is no longer with us for I/O.

Fifty years ago I got around that by building my own card reader (very slow) for input and hand-punching Hollerith cards with a hole punch. That was some years before I got access to an IBM card punch in high school. Output was a set of electro-mechanical counters, and they were a real pain to implement.

Dale H. Cook, Roanoke/Lynchburg, VA
Osborne 1 / Kaypro 4-84 / Kaypro 1 / Amstrad PPC-640 

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