[vcf-midatlantic] What we can learn from vintage computing

Jonathan Chapman lists at glitchwrks.com
Wed Dec 14 13:51:24 UTC 2022

> This is from a programmer's point of view but still interesting reading
> https://github.com/readme/featured/vintage-computing

Decent article! There's absolutely value in learning this old stuff. I still maintain that hacking on old computers at the architecture/machine code/asm level gave me a distinct advantage over "academically stronger" (better at memorizing, mostly) folks in college.

I don't know if they're still doing it, but at some point in talking with folks at the MIT Flea, someone had related that MIT was still offering either a comp arch or comp org type of course using the PDP-11. This was some time between 2010 and 2015. Like the article says, before a point it's possible to understand all parts of a whole system.


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