Re: [midatlanticretro] Acquired a PDP-8/E
On May 17, 2013 9:18 PM, "David Gesswein" <djg@...> wrote:
> On Fri, May 17, 2013 at 08:27:34PM -0500, Kyle Owen wrote:
> > A friend of mine has semi-permanently lent me a PDP-8/E.
> > Any tips?
> I can help you with it if your going to this weekend workday or give you
> some tips after this weekend.
I wish I could, but I'm currently in Alabama and won't be around. Sounds like a fun crowd though! I'd love to make it to a meeting at some point.
- On 06/06/2013 12:54 PM, Kyle Owen wrote:
> That looks like a nice product, but yes, it's certainly expensive. I've gotOS/8 needs a random-access storage device; paper tape won't do it.
> some FPGA background myself, along with several different microcontrollers,
> so I may see about creating something that will work with my high-speed paper
> tape interface. That could be considered an OS/8 storage device, yes?
Magnetic tape drives are *physically* sequential-access, of course, but the
TU56 (for example) is logically a random-access, block-oriented device. (with
highly variable latency ;))
> I wouldIf this was a generally-directed question...The book you want for "most
> have no idea how to go about writing a driver for it yet, but perhaps it'd be
> in my best interest to start reading up on the commands for the card and then
> learn more about OS/8. Do you have any suggestions on recommended reading for
things OS/8" is the "OS/8 Handbook". It is excellent. Try to find a paper
copy if you can, but it's available in PDF on bitsavers:
Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA