[vcf-midatlantic] Sperry Univac Core - Moving off topic... perhaps the last word on this.

Bob Flanders bob.flanders at gmail.com
Mon Jul 12 22:36:29 UTC 2021

[image: Screen Shot 2021-07-12 at 6.35.12 PM.png]

This is the image I tried to send...

On Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 5:54 PM Bob Flanders <bob.flanders at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Doug,
> I saw "AN/UYK-20". In the early '70s, I was a night-shift operator for an
> AN/UYK-7. I also did some system testing on the thing.
> Very cool and hard to come by information. This is similar to the console
> for the Mk 81 torp FCS.
> [image: image.png]
> On Mon, Jul 12, 2021 at 4:54 PM Douglas Crawford via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>> On 7/12/2021 12:22 PM, Herb Johnson via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>> >> Douglas Crawford Sat Jul 10 02:49:34 UTC 2021
>> >> So, right. Here's the whole post mortem on this.
>> >
>> >> That's a recap of the entire successful conversation.
>> >> Links to the board pics, and the UNIVAC manuals
>> >> and such are in the conversation.
>> >> Hence, "I'm good".
>> >>
>> >> Thanks!
>> >
>> > It seems polite to respond to your detailed response to my "where's the
>> > core" message.
>> >
>> > Your responses were informative, thank you. As you responded, your Web
>> > pages on WordPress are for other purposes than for showing items for
>> > further discussion or to solicit inquiries. Your response explains
>> > itself and needs no elaborations on my part.
>> >
>> Thanks Herb.  I feel I said one thing in haste and in retrospect I think
>> it comes across badly- that the AN-UYK-20 is not interest.
>> Not my complete thought. I was thinking not interesting enough -to me-.
>> Most (if not all) vintage computers are interesting to someone and
>> have aspects, which brought to light, probably would enlighten interest in
>> many.  Like many in the hobby I got spread way to thin for the amount of
>> time I could put into the many great pieces I acquired in the last 10
>> years
>> so I made a call to not go deep into the AN-UYK_20 lineage of military
>> computers.
>> I would love to know more about our own Univac in the museum and can't
>> even
>> do that.  I hope that my plans with the core board doesn't disappoint to
>> many
>> too much.  I recently, as posted on here, got a few pieces of a MODCOMP
>> Classic, and since that is a real oddity from my point of view, I might
>> find
>> time to go into emulation with the fine example of the front panel I now
>> have.
>> > Otherwise: you posted in this list to get some info: you got some info
>> > and assistance: job done. But at some point you literally posted "Any
>> > recommendations on where else to look?" and that is what I responded
>> to.
>> > If I posted after your request was satisfied, that was simply a
>> > circumstance. My post also explained itself and needs no elaboration.
>> >
>> Thank you it was a reasonable suggestion, of course! You expanded on my
>> request "where to look" with "what else I can do to get answers".
>> No problem.  Duane's response remained on the "where to look" aspect which
>> when, for instance, he showed me the availability of the parts on a
>> military
>> web site, I learned - DUH!- look for military computer parts at the
>> military
>> suppliers!  They just don't come up on web searches so I didn't find them.
>> > You and I, simply put content on the Web in different ways for
>> different
>> > purposes.  I'll be thoughtful about your use, you suggested you'll be
>> > thoughtful about my suggested use. Those are considerations outside the
>> > immediate topic which you have already concluded.
>> >
>> > Doug, you asked me if I liked your site, if I would read a few of your
>> > pages on WordPress. Well, I did. They are good presentations about how
>> > you've designed various microprocessor-based projects, small and large.
>> > There's a general display of your vintage collection. These are all
>> > well-crafted pages with visual and textual content. WordPress sites
>> have
>> > a commonality to them that makes them hard for me to compare to other
>> > Web sites.
>> >
>> > The "adventures in ROV" page, is a pretty detailed presentation of the
>> > methodology of students and mentors to create a toy-class small ROV
>> from
>> > Arduino technology and various toy-class parts. I only say "toy"
>> because
>> > you've also done commercial class development work. As an engineer
>> > myself, I'm informed by your presentations of design process.
>> >
>> > Doug, you are welcome to wander around my Web domain
>> > retrotechnology.com, for any information and considerations of use or
>> > result you can glean from them.
>> >
>> Oh so coy, Herb!  :-) Your site is world class and I have been there for
>> many of the subjects you concentrate on, and when you concentrate, you
>> research to the nth degree and that's why it serves as the reference for
>> many
>> for CP/M, S-100, 1802, to name a few.
>> I think your site and Bill Deg get the kind of responses because the tone
>> of the sites are research and documentation of artifacts in a way that
>> draws
>> out responses that contribute along those lines.  Which is great.
>> I put some of these pages up when I was job hunting and trying to show a
>> certain
>> high level of "functioning".  It didn't really help that job effort, but
>> I'm glad I put them up just the same, because its easy to forget a lot
>> of the
>> juicy details of what you had to overcome along the way.
>> It all adds up when you lay them out end to end that's cool to look back
>> on.
>> You are correct the ROV was toy class.  At the end of the project, I
>> applied
>> for an opening at hired at VideoRAY, a ROV company right in my own town,
>> but nope. No deal.
>> The HR person hinted they could not afford me, and alas, no offer was
>> given.
>> That was the last place I applied, and probably the last I will attempt.
>> Thanks for looking the pages over & the kind words.
>> > There's an open question from Doug, about whether Web search "finds"
>> the
>> > discussions here in this email list. I don't know, I search a lot and
>> > don't recall "finds" from this list. But technical content in this
>> > somewhat-private email list is limited. So I speculate there aren't
>> > often enough keyboards to trigger a high-value "search hit". It's also
>> > possible, that the hosting site "tells" search engines not to search
>> the
>> > email archives. Those are administrative matters I have no knowledge
>> > about. But as Doug suggests: the email list is for specific purposes,
>> if
>> > it doesn't do other things there are other venues which do.
>> >
>> Right. I suspect this mailman system doesn't get cataloged but I have
>> not tried to prove that.
>> I've not seen web searches refer to these emails. But I have seen hits
>> from the VCF Forum.
>> So its probably wisest to post questions there instead and leave this
>> site more to the machinations of the VCF club.
>> Agree?
>> > Thanks and regards,
>> > Herb Johnson
>> >

More information about the vcf-midatlantic mailing list