CDC 6600 - Why so awesome?

Eric Smith spacewar at
Wed Jun 22 18:31:03 CDT 2016

On Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 5:15 PM, Chuck Guzis <cclist at> wrote:
> You don't understand.  Big iron did multitasking and multiprogramming,
> but the I/O media was cards, tape and printed output.  Going "online"
> was expensive and slow in terms of equipment.

There were many people who saw timesharing as a huge waste of
resources, even though the better timesharing systems were actually
quite efficient. (And the timesharing systems often simultaneously ran
batch jobs.)

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