PDP-11/04-34 Programmer's Console manual error

Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Tue Mar 29 10:49:11 CDT 2016

On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 8:10 AM, Noel Chiappa <jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu> wrote:
> Luckily, having that cable in backwards doesn't harm anything...

DEC was really good about things not being damaged from backwards
cables.  Much better than most vendors.

I'm sure someone can come up with a horror story, but mostly, it's
good.  What _was_ bad was some of the OMNIBUS boards in the PDP-8/e,
specifically, the quad boards with 8 fingers (because they attached to
their neighbors via H851 connector blocks) and no maroon/green plastic
handles.  I heard a tale from someone that Field Circus plugged in a
board upside-down into their machine and toasted some stuff.


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