Following up on the southern meet we had a couple of weeks ago, there
was about half a dozen in attendance by the end of the evening. I felt
it went well and am glad to have put some faces to names on this
forum! Will repeat the exercise sometime soon, maybe just after Xmas?
Maybe longer term we ought to think about a UK meet somewhere
In a previous life, "UK meets" used to take place in or near Birmingham -
this being selected as a reasonable 'mid point' for most people, but in
practice meant almost everybody having to travel to an inconverient location
(which would hardly merit the description "nice" anyway !!!)
Glad the Berkshire one went well - I was sorry to miss it due to other
commitments (SWMBO's commitments, that is - I wasn't prepared to drive all
that way myself and not be able to get rodent-bottomed with impunity!)
On Sat, 15 Nov 2003 16:45:32 -0000, "Mike Faithfull"
Birmingham. Ah the good old days of being a UK HP1000 specialist where
we used to meet in HP Birmingham every so often to, err, get a pub
lunch on the company.....some of us even knew about things like the
interrupt chains on the backplane of the M, E and F series in the good
old days. RTE 4 anyone?
Just to set the record straight, none of the attendees of this
magnificent occasion imbibed to the extent that they couldn't find the
car in the car park. They were all very well behaved.
But perhaps if others were willing we could possibly arrange an
overnight do at a suitably cheap hostel somewhere.....
Eee, wattle and daub, what luxury, when I were a lad we 'ad an 'ole in the
ground and thought oursense lucky! As for electricity - all we could manage
was an iron post in t' ground durin' 'hunder storm. Aye, those were the
Well, it looks like it. It's been hard work hasn't it! Still, this IS diy
Is there something about us northerners that those from the soft s**th can't
handle do you think?
So. Next Wednesday we're off to Chester, could call in at the Ram's Head on
the way back? Otherwise you make a suggestion.
RTE? Pah, kids stuff! 2000B Timesharing system, matey, that's where it was
at! The days of the Open University running their Summer Schools with
"remote terminals", 32 of them on a fully loaded system - Teletype ASR33s
hooked up to telephone handsets with acoustic couplers, and the 'service
kit' for the CPU was a long thin cardboard box full of little envelopes each
containg a 14 pin DIL IC or a couple of transistors ... (pulls out pipe and
tobacco pouch, settles back into armchair and stares into distance with a
wistful sigh ... )
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