[TriLUG] Old Guy Stories
jonesjc at intrex.net
Sun Feb 11 14:45:58 EST 2007
The computer was mounted in the lower left side of a metal desk. I would
guess the unit size was perhaps 18"x18"x24deep ( just a guess ).
The magnetic core memory section was in the middle slots with card slots
on both sides. Not sure where the power supply was located or how many
slots were in the unit. The only panel was a small readout located on
the top of the desk. Readout consisted of time and automation functions.
( all numeric read out ) programming was by punch paper tape.
Neil L. Little wrote:
> Or it could have been a Data General Nova 3. The control panel on
> these were white. The control panel that showed the lights for the
> registers and words were yellow. The flipper paddle switches were yellow.
> There were two versions. The Nova 3 with a 16 slot mainframe and the
> Nova 3 Jr with 3 or 5 slot mainframe.
> Of course the cards were about 18"x18". Power supply on the bottom,
> CPU card above it a FPU card or memory card (1 or 2 cards) and lastly
> a controller card..
> Access to the interface was from in line pins connected to a Dasher
> terminal on the back plane. Connection to peripherals were through a
> 100 pin (S100) slot card wire wrapped to the pins on the back of the
> The older version the Nova 2 had a blue control panel. The flipper
> switches were regular (metal) toggle switches. Of cour
>> On Sat, Feb 10, 2007 at 09:00:36AM -0500, J.C. Jones wrote:
>>> > > One of my first computers that I use in my work was a
>>> mini-computer, 12 > bit words, and magnetic core memory. It used
>>> punch paper tape. It was > part of a broadcast automation system. I
>>> never did know the > manufacturer's name for the computer.
>> Although 12-bit words was not unique, this could easily have been a DEC
>> PDP-8. What sort of date was this?
Visit my weblog at: http://www.wendellgeek.com/weblog/
More information about the TriLUG