[Beowulf] A press release
ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk
Fri Jul 11 04:40:12 EDT 2008
Gerry Creager wrote:
> Robert G. Brown wrote:
>> OK, in a minute you'll have me reminiscing about booting from paper tape
>> and havin' to drill me own 'oles wit' me teeth...
> Glad you smiled with that. Seems I find myself teaching an OS class all
> of a sudden this summer. I recounted my experience with an old HP
> system where the boot-loader was toggled in on front panel switches and
> the OS was loaded with paper tape. The kids (whose language experience
> ranges from Java to PHP, with C# thrown in for good measure) looked at
> me like I was reciting either fiction or lore.
I have fond memories of doing something similar with a hex keypad on a
pdp11/34, to boot Unix version 7 from mag tape. When I left that job,
they gave me the pdp11/34 as a 'joke' leaving present, and I took it!
I wouldn't be surprised if other people on this list have had pdp's or
older kit running in their living rooms: I upgraded mine to a pdp11/23
when the University scrapped one. I used it to run the UK MUGNET mail
and news 'backbone' site for a while, dialling up Cistron Electronics in
the Netherlands in the middle of the night to get feeds at 1200 baud.
I was good fun, but the weight of all the 'spare' rl02's and rk05's in
my loft were a bit of a worry ;-)
Dr. A.J.Travis, | mailto:ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk
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