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From Warren Pace <warren.p...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [OT] Re: So many timeout values
Date Thu, 29 Oct 2009 14:52:54 GMT
On Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 10:30 AM, André Warnier <aw@ice-sa.com> wrote:
> Warren Pace wrote:
>>
>> On Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 9:14 AM, Caldarale, Charles R
>> <Chuck.Caldarale@unisys.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> From: André Warnier [mailto:aw@ice-sa.com]
>>>> Subject: Re: [OT] Re: So many timeout values
>>>>
>>>> As long as we're on the [OT] subject, how about learning about the
>>>> judicious and parcimonious usage of sorted data structures, on a
>>>> computer with 16 Kb of RAM and punched paper cards as its only external
>>>> memory store (IBM System 4, RPG) ?
>>>>  2 GB heaps, ha !
>>>>
>>>> Anyone else upping the ante ?
>>>
>>> Univac 1004: 961 *6-bit* bytes of core memory, programmed via squids on a
>>> plugboard.  Handled punch cards, paper tape, and printing; tape drive
>>> optional (we didn't have one).  Had a tendency to throw cards all over the
>>> room if not handled properly.
>>>
>>>  - Chuck
>>>
>>> I'd say you win, Chuck.
>>
> Yep, I give up.
> I was kind of baiting Chuck, I suspected he would win in the end.
> But I was hoping for someone to come up in-between up with a Cromemco or
> NortStar CPU board, for S-100 bus, with a telex paper tape reader as boot
> device..
> The thing above kind of trumps that however.
> The only 6-bit bytes machine I remember was a Control Data 6600.  It had 10
> of them in a word though, so pretty big integers.
>
>I have to admit that I started out on a IBM System/32.  Much more advanced system than
anything mentioned in this thread.  I still remember some RPG, though...
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