That was a very interesting read! The type of
thing I could see myself doing over 40 years ago
when once I'd come up with a neat idea and either
did preliminary coding or hardware design
suggesting it would work I'd jump right into it
and find optimistic 1 month project timelines
stretching to 6+ months. My approach now would
be to just use a logic analyzer or a number of
Propeller boards to sample all of the lines from
ROS as very sedate clock speed that the 5100 uses.
Still, this has applications beyond original goal
and could use it to acquire patient lab data from
hospital EMR's which are increasingly locked
down. Used to be I could export a patients lab
results to a text file easily to graph them out
vs time or look at correlations between various
lab values. Now that's forbidden as one is only
allowed to look at them on the screen or use the
abysmal graphing functionality which is very
poorly coded and makes a PDP-8 doing the same
functionality seem like a
supercomputer. Thus, one could simply point a
cell phone camera at the screen, record the lab
results scrolling by and then do OCR on the
series of images to create a data file of all of
the lab results one is interested in. I've
just photographed results on a screen as takes
less room than another sheet of paper.
>This is *epic*.
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It has come to my attention that a CDC Cyber 180-960 is available. Apparently this is from a supplier that was supporting Vandenburg AFB (California) with spares. Since Vendenburg is decommissioning it?s Cyber systems, the supplier wants to get rid of the spare machine that they have.
I think the supplier just want the machine ?to go away? so the price is likely to be negligible.
Please contact me off-list if interested and I?ll get you in touch with the relevant folks.
TTFN - Guy
At 04:15 AM 6/28/2019, Liam Proven via cctalk wrote:
> I don't even know if a half a dollar is a note or a coin, and
>that's without getting extra-pedantic and pointing out that about a
>dozen countries call their currencies the "dollar".
If you were a real pedant, you would've provided a list of
dimensions of their half-dollar coins (or bills) in several
common systems of measurement.
I have a major announcement. :)
It's time for version 2.0 of my book, "Abacus to smartphone: The
evolution of mobile and portable computers," which I published on dead
trees four years ago.
This time, it's going to be a (free!) interactive website: the era of
printed books is behind us.
Please help me raise funds to make this happen. Funders will get
exclusive access for the first month that the website is live
(approximately the whole of August 2019).
All of the details (such what's new/different) are here:
https://fundrazr.com/b1WZ91?ref=ab_74VRia ... please check it out.
We received this offer, it probably makes more sense for someone in the UK to get the lot.
Is there someone at a collecting institution that would like to take this on? Email me and
I can forward your contact information to them.
"I have a few disk packs available if you need them. (Please note I am in the UK). I also have a range of PDP-11
interface boards, a mix of dual, quad and Unibus. Is there anything in particular that you need? Finally I have a mass
of RSTS related documentation, such as one copy of every edition of the US publication RSTS Porfessional magazine. Plus
copies of RSTS and RT-11 operating system manuals, from RSTS Version 4a (1974) through to Version 10.1 (mid 1990s)."
At 12:56 PM 25/06/2019 +0200, Liam Proven wrote:
>On Mon, 24 Jun 2019 at 12:31, Tony Aiuto via cctalk
><cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>> On a related note, a fun talk about ARM
>Remarkable. Thanks for the link. Astounding. Very thought-provoking.
Yes, it is. Fascinating!
And right now jdownloader is fetching me a local copy, as opposed to
previously not working with that one video for some inexplicable reason.
So thanks for reminding me to try again.
I recently tripped over the fact that MacOS does not support nameless
POSIX semaphores. When attempting to use them, I get a complaint that
they're deprecated. I can't fathom why Apple would do that. I found this
post explaining it, albeit not very well:
It seems that Apple yanked out support, but elsewhere
(https://intfiction.org/t/macos-frotz-users/41553/5) I'm told that Apple
did it because BSD 4.4 didn't implement them. I was fairly sure that it
did. Does anyone have a more satisfying answer?
dave at 661.org
A: Because it fouls the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
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