[rescue] New acquisition... (AIX)

Phil Stracchino alaric at caerllewys.net
Tue Apr 6 11:25:45 CDT 2004

On Tue, Apr 06, 2004 at 11:33:38AM -0400, Sheldon T. Hall wrote:
> When we got the NCR Century that replaced the 315, we got a "chain printer,"
> but by then I had become a programmer and didn't go in the machine room
> much.  I do remember the chain printer as being faster and louder than the
> drum printer, though.

I remember testing high-speed CDC-DPL band printers.  Those things made
a piercing, tearing, high-pitched bandsaw scream.  Ear protection was
mandatory if you had to lift the acoustic cover while the printer was
running.  I forget how many hundred lines per minute they were, but it
was a lot, on a full-width carriage with 132 hammers driving a spinning
steel print-band.

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