[vcf-midatlantic] Another T-Shirt Rescue (DEC Alpha)

Bill Degnan billdegnan at gmail.com
Sat Jan 29 02:00:08 UTC 2022

The whole story of early-mid 90s Intel, DEC, Compaq, HP, and the
development of the Alpha and Pentium processors has historical
significance.  MS NT3.5 vs X lots of important stuff

On Fri, Jan 28, 2022, 11:37 PM Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> On January 28, 2022 4:41:31 PM Adam Michlin via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> > After leaving Amdahl, my father went to a couple of other companies
> > including Synopsys, Cadence, and Transitive Technologies (which made
> > the original dynamic binary translation software for Apple's PowerPC
> > to x86, aka Rosetta, a story for another time).
> >
> > Some time in there, he gave me a tshirt he got from who knows where
> > that DEC was using to promote the then new Alpha chip. I was so
> > excited because I had just read about the Alpha in Byte magazine and
> > was in the middle of the study of computer architecture and knew this
> > was going to be the next great thing (oh well). I've been wearing it
> > up until about a year ago when it had all but become tatters. I never
> > did get to play with an Alpha machine, but so it goes...
>   "Oh well"? Alpha was a very successful architecture.  It was never sold
> in Sears, but it was never meant to.
>                 -Dave
> --
> Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
> New Kensington, PA

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