Now that box was something. Built like a tank -- but generally useless
Company I worked for wanted the staff to sell them. I just laughed. They
never sold. Got used as anchors. They missed the market by about 2 or 3
Those are fairly nice boxes.
I'd rather have a CDC 6600, though.
wonderfully simple hardware instruction set. *So* simple, in fact, that the
machine *couldn't*add*. It performed addition by "complement and subtract". :)
(yes, there _was_ a good reason way it did things that way, too.)
No 'privileged mode' or anything like it. CPU HALT was a valid "user level"
instruction ; did _exactly_ that ; and was the standard/accepted way for an
application to indicate that it was finished.
That was the computer that displayed 132 columns to every other's 80,
right? That's my recollection of it, anyway, when looking to buy a PC
circa 1984 or maybe '83. I was leery of getting an OS that seemed at
the time to not be "the standard". I finally settled on a AT&T 6300.
$2500. Monochrome. No mouse. 20 Meg HD. Slooow. DOS 5.0. A POS dot
matrix 9-pin Okidata to go along with it. I was so stupid I spent nearly
as much on a plain paper feeder for it, which never worked right; it
would feed a random number of sheets, instead of one at a time. I ended
up using it only with fan-fold paper.
A related note regarding standards: I also avoided Betamax and went with
a mammoth sized, overpriced RCA SelectaVison with a 4 event timer and
WIRED remote. I still can't believe I paid $1299 for that monstrosity!
Back then, there were enough good shows on at the same time to warrant
recording them. I can't remember when I've lasted taped a TV program.
I don't own a TIVO.
Dave Hinz wrote:
Hey! I remember those. I did a major batch of d-Base programming on
one of those.
"We need to make a sacrifice to the gods, find me a young virgin... oh, and
bring something to kill"
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