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  • Evan Koblentz
    Mar 5, 2009
      Lots of good info. Thank you.

      Loan offer is appreciated but we should first try to use our own stuff. How else will we keep Degnan occupied with restorations? :)

      There's also a guy locally (not in MARCH) who keeps threatening to donate an 8/A, but we have so much '11 and VAX stuff that I would rather use some of that first.


      -----Original Message-----
      From: David Gesswein <djg@...>

      Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2009 13:25:32
      To: <midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: Minicomputers


      > I should know the answer to this question, but I don't: which"office"
      > programs were common for small DEC systems? Would our 11/05 be a good
      > fit for this exhibit, or did those kinds of app only run on DECmate, etc.?
      >
      The PDP-8 line evolved into machines which were primarally targeted at
      word processing/office tasks. WPS was the word processor used on
      them. I can loan a working DECmate or possibly 8/A system if you want. They
      could be used standalone or with a VAX or other larger DEC system for
      central storage. WPS or something similar was also available for the
      VAX using serial terminals for
      word processing. I assume 11's also had it but don't have enough knowledge.
      Office applications were also sold for the later larger PDP-8's such as
      the 8/A. Not sure if WPS or similar was around in the 8/E timeframe.
      The brain cells are mostly gone but when I joined my current company the
      computing was a central VAX 780 with VT100 type terminals. I don't remember
      the details but know I wrote reports on it. Also created graphic slides with
      an HP plotter on it then xeroxed onto transparencies to use with the overhead
      projector for meetings.


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