Re: The story so far
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Ian King <iking@...> wrote:
> Hi, folks! It was a random thread about an unusual job listing that
> led to my current position as a Vintage Systems Engineer with the PDP
> Planet project at Vulcan. I just thought I'd drop you a line about
> how things have gone.
> One of our next projects, one that will probably involve the entireIan,
> team, is the reassembly of our PDP-7. When we acquired it, it was
> still in service! We've stalled the project a bit because we're
> remodeling our physical space so that we will be able to entertain
> visitors (by appointment, initially). If we reassemble it now, we'll
> have to take it apart and do it again, which is a bit hard on a
> machine first installed when Lyndon Johnson was President.
Would be grateful for any info on your project to bring PDP-7 #113 back into
service so it can be added (with your permission ?) to the PDP-7/A register
at - http://www.soemtron.org/pdp7.html -
> have numerous other machines we are planning to bring up with various
> period operating systems, peripherals and software.
> One of the other fascinating projects is a Massbus emulator. In our
> first incarnation, it can serve five RP06 disks over a standard
> Massbus connection. We are continuing to evolve it, and we will make
> the project information generally available once it reaches what we
> consider sufficient stability.
> In sum: I have the COOLEST job in the world. Vulcan is a great
> company, Paul Allen is a very supportive business owner (we exchange
> email with him regarding the project on a weekly basis), and even
> through these very difficult economic times we've managed to continue
> the growth of the PDP Planet collection.
> Oh, and my sense of smell has been VERY important to my job. <sniff,
> sniff> Power off! <sniff> I'll bet we have a shorted filter
> cap.... :-)
> Cheers -- Ian