Oldest working computer rebooted. (With Video)

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by maxpower097, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. maxpower097

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  2. Sparky49

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    You guys should really visit Bletchley Park if you visit the UK.

    You would all find it very interesting, it was for me.
     
  3. spinnaker

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    I knew it I knew computers were supposed to have a bunch of lights on the front. And not this garbage they have been selling me all these years. :)

    Actually one of the first computers I used in the workplace was a TI 960B, it had a bunch of led on the front and a bunch of switches. The leds were for the data and address bus ans would blink as the computer worked.

    To boot the compute, you had to key in a bootstrap with the switches, that would boot the card reader, which booted the computer and hard drive.

    TO also had a computer that had a voice synthesizer. It would announce errors with voice commands. One error was "Shut er down Clancy, she's a pumpin sludge". Whn you looked the error up in the manual, it meant fatal error. TI got their start in the oil exploration business.
     
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  4. JoeJester

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    I first worked with the Digital PDP-8/E ... bootstrapping programs and cassette tapes. Although I did work with HP's and Wang's computers, we "borrowed" a punch card machine to use to create the data stream. It was a scant 30 or so years ago.
     
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