[vcf-midatlantic] Greenbar print

Jeffrey Brace jeffrey at vcfed.org
Sun Feb 28 17:56:22 UTC 2021

On Sun, Feb 28, 2021 at 11:50 AM Glenn Holmer via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> On 2/27/21 10:58 PM, Mike Loewen via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> > On Sat, 27 Feb 2021, Jeffrey Brace wrote:
> >> So someone else pointed out that dot matrix printout isn't historically
> >> accurate. So what kind of printer would have actually been used for the
> >> Apollo 8 code?
> >
> >     A chain-train or drum printer, such as an IBM 1403. The CHM has a
> > working 1403 on their 1401 system.
> Ugh, memories. The 1403 had a worm gear to raise the lid, and
> occasionally ours would fail. If that happened, the only way to operate
> the printer until the CE arrived was to prop it open with a two-by-four
> like a car hood. We even had a specially measured two-by-four with a "V"
> notch cut in one end for this purpose. One of the guys before me had
> written on it in magic marker "IBM Butt-Whacker, Part No. ..."

LOL! Thanks for sharing Glenn! I love hearing stories like this. It's nice
to hear how machines were used years ago in a production environment.

> We had this kind: https://bit.ly/2P9tC15
> Of course, hearing loss was almost inevitable if you used it that way...
> --
> Glenn Holmer (Linux registered user #16682)
> "After the vintage season came the aftermath -- and Cenbe."

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