information about the Bendix G-15 and Rice Research Computer?
rdawson16 at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 11 13:24:47 CDT 2015
There was a 'slice' of the R1 floating about with some friends of mine in Houston. It was about the size and shape of the 2001 monolith. From what I was told, it represented one register, probably a byte, and constructed of about 100 vacuum tubes. It served as a conversation piece and a coffee table (beer table) at a CAD rep firm, later sat for a few years in a friends garage next to Billy Gibbons twin red Thunderbirds (he was a collector of toys like this).
This particular piece of the R1 now sits in the Rice Library in the Woodson Research Center. I encourage anyone while in Houston to go have a look, the construction is a work of art, and beautiful.
> Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2015 10:28:04 -0500
> From: linimon at lonesome.com
> To: cctalk at classiccmp.org
> Subject: information about the Bendix G-15 and Rice Research Computer?
> CC: linimon at lonesome.com
> So I have finally been prodded by some people to put together a web
> page for the G-15 computer. As well, I am going to put up information
> about the Rice Research Computer (later known as the R1), and its
> intended succesor, the R2.
> Right now my web pages are pretty skeletal and mostly consist of
> some old G-15 documentation scans I did in early 2000. Apparently
> I have some things that are not on Bitsavers (yet). I have at least
> one more document that I need to scan, the Technical Manual.
> I do have some R1 documentation which I intend to scan and then send
> to either CHM or Rice University Fondren Library.
> To some of you that I have already contacted off-list, this will be
> duplicate information. Sorry about that. To the others, please let me
> know if you have any information about these computers that you would
> be willing to share publicly.
> Also, beta-testers of the website would be appreciated; email me off-
> list for the URLs. I mean, it it _really_ skeletal (e.g. 2 days old.)
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