Decisions you regret (classiccmp related)

Robert Jarratt robert.jarratt at
Fri Dec 18 16:56:27 CST 2015

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> From: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at] On Behalf Of Noel
> Chiappa
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> Subject: Re: Decisions you regret (classiccmp related)
>     > From: Doug Ingraham
>     > I regret that when I obtained my Straight 8 system in the early 80's
>     > chose not to take the ASR-35.
>     > ...
>     > A glass terminal is not the same experience as a teletype.
> Thank goodness for that! I had the 'joy' of using exclusively Teletypes
for the
> first two years I worked with computers, and I didn't (and still don't)
> them one bit!
> Which is not to say I look down on those who collect/restore them, I
> understand they are an important part of the history, and I salute those
> are into them. I'm just saying that, as a user, I was glad to move on!

I sort of know what you mean. When I transitioned from Teletype Model 33s to
a glass teletype, everything was much faster, and quieter!  I remember a
room full of Model 33s, all going full tilt, you could hear them from 50
yards away down the corridor, and when the system went down, and they all
stopped at once, the silence was deafening. Still, I have a lovely Model 33
now, courtesy of another list member, I think it is great, and a wonderful
reminder of my first computer experiences.



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