On Sun, Mar 29, 2020, 5:10 PM Diane Bruce via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
On Sun, Mar 29, 2020 at 05:59:42PM -0400, Nigel
Johnson via cctalk wrote:
Brings back memories! My first 6800 cross
assembler came to me as 2000
Fortran source code punch cards. We had an F4R4 compiler on the PDP11 but
the card reader was on the PDP-8.
Funny how the kids don't realise Fortran was the 'C' language at one time.
Editors, linker, macro preprocessors a lot of it was done in Fortran. ;)
He was lucky the card deck was in order. One of my first jobs was to read
in old, horrible FORTRAN IV from punch card, then check it against a
listing the boss had and edit to match... This was the same place we wrote
malloc for FORTRAN and passed around all kinds of crazy data structures
that offset into the malloc arena so it would run on both the pdp-11 and
The only common peripheral was paper tape. One
night, the Chief Engineer
and I fed the cards into the PDP8 card reader, punched tape, and fed it
directly into the PDP11 tape reader. X-on X-off was handled by hitting
stop and continue buttons on the PDP8 as the
punch was faster than the
reader. The buffer was a pile of paper tape in the floor, which we
carefully prevented from tangling. Somehow OS/8 managed to not crash
the constant start/stop.
heh I can only imagine.
Nobody was more surprised than we were when the output compiled
the PDP11 and we made our first 6800 program - a
ham repeater controller!
The Chief Engineer is still alive - I was at his 95th birthday last year
we often have fun talking about the good old
On 29/03/2020 16:59, Diane Bruce via cctalk wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 09:47:51AM +1300, Brendan McNeill via cctech
> > Here in NZ and around the world many of
us are in lockdown and
spending more time on our computers, if that were possible.
I have just
completed the restoration of a PDP-8 Straight 8 which I believe is the only
one in New Zealand. You can view the restoration story and find
appropriate resources here: https://pdp-8.nz
> > While it plays Chess, it would be great if someone wanted to write
a Prime Number Generator, or some other application and email it to
me off list. I have Focal-69 and can probably source other languages for
this wonderful old machine with 4K of memory.
> I have memories of keying in RIM and BIN.
Long long time ago. I also
> how to talk to the OS/8 file system so we
could play morse code from a
of a paper tape for our University club station. ;)
brendan at mcneill.co.nz
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