Thinking about acquiring PDP stuff
ajp166 at verizon.net
Wed Nov 30 13:34:52 CST 2016
On 11/30/16 11:48 AM, Brad H wrote:
> Haha. I don't know if I'd call using all that iron to run Christmas lights
> 'practical', though it is very cool. I'm just trying to get out of the home
> computer collector mindset. We buy machines that can do all sorts of
> things, especially games with graphics. And when we're done we can simply
> move them aside or tuck them in a closet. A PDP with racks and all that,
> not exactly portable. :) So I wondered what PDP guys did to keep interested
> and how much they actually used the machine over the course of, say, a year.
Well using them to do work and also programming keeps it going and having
enough hardware to have one different one for each week of the year doesn't
I also do things like start with a Z80 system, a machine I know well and
say CP/M-2.2 OS and proceed to try and write a improved version that can
do the one thing everyone wanted then, hierarchical directories, in a larger
disk space. When you consider things like ZRdos were improvements and
the 8mb limit but not the flat directory issue in a compatible way. Will
the world, no, but its an interesting exercise. To do so means
at the most fundamental levels OS and file system operation.
As to PDP-11s or any PDP-mumble not all are rack size! The small 11 I
in a BA11VA (13x12x4 inches!) that's smaller than a lot of current PCs
Never forget everything old is new again.
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