[vcf-midatlantic] New info about ol' MOBIDIC

Ben Greenfield ben at cogs.com
Thu May 23 06:46:27 EDT 2019



> On May 23, 2019, at 1:45 AM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
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> Many of you know that my second-favorite computer -- the Apple //e is my favorite -- is MOBIDIC. I wrote in my book ("Abacus to smartphone" in 2015) that Sylvania gave it a COBOL compiler. Tonight I found a document that goes into detail about that compiler. I learned that Sylvania called the compiler "MOBILE", although it would've been much funnier if they called it MOBOL, don't you think? :)

I’m sure some did call it MOBOL, was Sylvania part of RCA at this point?


> Pages 4-1, 4-2, and 4-3 (pages 11, 12, 13 of the .pdf) explain the programs that they wrote. Read all about it at https://ia902808.us.archive.org/27/items/DTIC_AD0406874/DTIC_AD0406874.pdf.

Thanks for sharing. Archive.org is the closet thing I have experienced that reminds most of the pre-graphics internet or just after mosaic hit.

Thank you for sharing,

Ben

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