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

Jeffrey Brace jeffrey at vcfed.org
Fri Dec 16 13:22:35 UTC 2022

On Thu, Dec 15, 2022 at 5:26 PM bob jeffway.com via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> I agree 100%!!
> I co-teach a class at University Of Massachusetts in Amherst using Bob
> Applegate's KIM-1 replicas.
> We start with machine language programming, then move to an assembler, and
> teach all the low-level stuff; address bus, data bus, controls, clock, etc.
> and how to interface hardware.
> Bob Jeffway
> This is my first post, hopefully I did it right?  Is a Reply All correct?

Hi Bob!

Good to see you on the list and post. Yes your post worked and you are
cleared to post in the future. I always do reply all to be safe. The Google
app defaults to reply to sender and not all, so one has to go out of their
way to reply all.

Jeff Brace

> On 12/14/2022 8:51 AM EST Jonathan Chapman via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Jonathan
> --
Jeff Brace
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Vintage Computer Festival East Showrunner
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