VAX 780 on eBay

Chris Zach cz at
Sun Jan 2 18:20:30 CST 2022

On 1/2/2022 6:21 PM, Mark J. Blair via cctalk wrote:
> I am seriously lusting after that VAX-11/780 system on eBay
I keep thinking about it, but no. The 780 was neat from a historical 
perspective, and the 785 at UMBC (UMBC5) ran Ultrix (and was on the 
ARPANET, not the crappy Bitnet the 8600's were on) but the 780 was 
really slow. I have a Microvax II here that would equal it CPU 
speed-wise, and the running of the main memory on the SBI was cool for 
the 782 option but was pretty slow.

Now a Vax 8600 or 8650.... That would be interesting. Partially due to 
the Jupiter angle, partially because it was the fastest MASSBUS system 
with true pdp11 compatibility.

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