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  • Mike Hatch
    ... [snipped] ... Ian, 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
    Message 1 of 4 , Jun 16, 2009
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      --- In midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com, 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.

      [snipped]

      > One of our next projects, one that will probably involve the entire
      > 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.

      Ian,
      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 -
      http://www.soemtron.org/no113systeminfo.html

      Mike



      We also
      > 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
      >
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