Charles Lasner [Was: Re: LINC-8]
bobsmithofd at gmail.com
Mon Apr 27 19:00:55 CDT 2020
I can say over the last 30 years or so, I enjoyed a number of
exchanges with CJL.
I did enjoy the repartee - iirc most of it was just between us, but
some was in some 8 related channel.
I found him knowledgeable, opinionated, but most of the time just
plain fun to argue with.
Over the last 6 or 7 years, sparse contact, but always remembered fondly.
Sorry to see him pass.
On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 11:18 AM John H. Reinhardt via cctalk
<cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> On 4/27/2020 9:58 AM, Chris Zach via cctalk wrote:
> > NL7776 /SETUP -2
> > TAD (-7776) /COMPARE TO EXPECTED VALUE
> > SZA CLA /SKIP IF OK
> > JMP IMA8S /JUMP IF RETARDED BROTHER
> > / IF WE GET HERE, WE'RE NOT A PDP-8/S.
> > Ok, that made me laugh.....
> > C
> I never had any exchanges with Charles, well, none of significance, but he could be of rather, um, shall we say strong opinion on topics.
> John H. Reinhardt
> > On 4/27/2020 10:40 AM, Pontus Pihlgren via cctalk wrote:
> >> On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 09:08:24AM -0500, John H. Reinhardt via cctalk wrote:
> >>> Charles Lasner. He passed the weekend of April 3rd due to
> >>> complications from the COVID-19 virus. I'm fuzzy on his exact
> >>> biography, but he was big in the development of OS/8 for the PDP-8 at
> >>> DEC. His current project was an update of OS/8 which he called
> >>> P?S/8. Apparently he owned multiple LINC-8's according to comments on
> >>> the Facebook group.
> >> He also worked onKermit-12, for instance the code that identifies which
> >> PDP-8 machine it is running on. It is quite fun to follow that code. It
> >> can, impressively, separate between a PDP-5, LINC-8, PDP-12, Straight-8,
> >> 8/S, 8/I, 8/L, 8/E, 8/A, 6100 and 6120.
> >> Here, search for "MACHINE,.-."
> >> http://www.columbia.edu/kermit/ftp/d/k12mit.pal
> >> A lot of PDP-8 know-how and trivia went with him, sorry to see him go.
> >> /P
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