Great story about your background ... Thanks for sharing. If you're ever in
the northeast/mid-Atlantic parts of the USA, then come visit us!
From: Mike Hatch [mailto:mike@...
Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2007 4:08 AM
Subject: [midatlanticretro] Re: Introduce yourself, was (Vintage Software)
Sorry, a bit off topic but you did ask.
Hi Evan, and others,
Been here a few months so that makes me a "lurker" rather than a
contributor, so far. Located in the UK just south of London. Interests
computers (use one every day as an electromechanical deign eng), also run
several websites, wildlife, space, si-fi.
Found MARCH a while back on Google after searching for some computer types.
My computing history started late 60's as an apprentice with a government
jet engine test facility (Pyestoc aka The National Gas Turbine
Establishment). I worked on many engines there including the Olympus for
Concorde (very sad treatment of that plane, typical of UK Gov), Pegasus -
Harrier (AV8B), RB211 and engines for the Sea King and others. Became a
computer tech at Pyestock maintaining an Elliott 803B, PDP7, SDS9300 and
PDP11-20, related peripherals and systems, all these computers were used to
monitor engines during test. Have also worked at ICL as contract service on
Leo III (#26), Ampex TM2 and TM4 tape drives.
Currently working on restoring an old Soemtron ETR 220 calculator back to
health just for the sake of doing it, as if I'm not busy enough already !.
Long term, I'm searching for any PDP7's that may still exist, although there
is very little hope. I know of 2/3, The University of Oregon one now at PDP
Planet, one supposedly in a museum in Australia and Tore Bekkedal's one in
Sweden although its heavily butchered with TTL according to Tore.
. Have heard rumours of a
possible 2 more ?. I have the PDP7 service list and currently am trying to
contact the listed UK sites, most of them Universities so they still exist.
The PDP7 I worked on (#41, listed as at the "Ministry of Public Buildings",
UK gov speak for Ministry of
Defence) if it is still there is less than 5 miles away, so near, difficult
to get to - (http://www.hartlandpark.co.uk/index.html)
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Evan Koblentz" <evan@...> wrote:
> Hi Mike,
> Are you new here? Please introduce yourself ... location,
> you found us, your history with computers.
> - Evan
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Hatch [mailto:mike@...]
> Sent: Wednesday, November 21, 2007 4:40 AM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: [midatlanticretro] Re: Vintage Software
> Turbo Cad is a Mechanical drafting package, good by all accounts
> never used it as my platform is AutoCad. TurboCad is still being sold,
> Google for it.
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