[rescue] Does any one on the list run this?

John Francini francini at mac.com
Sat Jun 8 10:56:50 CDT 2013

Damn. And I knew about the LINC too -- and the LINC-8 and PDP-12.


On 8 Jun 2013, at 9:01 , Carl R. Friend <crfriend at rcn.com> wrote:

>   On Fri, 7 Jun 2013, r.stricklin wrote:
>> On Jun 7, 2013, at 7:12 PM, John Francini wrote:
>>> The TX-2?  I was originally going to say PDP-1, but that shipped in 1963.
>> I was about to guess "sketchpad", which is perhaps where you were going...
>> I think probably he's thinking of the IBM 610.
>   Actually I was thinking about the LINC (Laboratory INstrumentation
> Computer) that was designed at Lincoln Labs for use in the biomedical
> field.  The project was  begin in 1961 and the first public showing
> of the machine was in 1962; the first 25 examples were actually built
> by the researchers who were going to use them in the field (now that's
> personal!).
>   The LINC was the first machine explicitly designed for one person
> (an experimentor in a lab) to use and interact with and had an array
> of real-world control and sensing capabilities that led to not only
> the original devicees to have long lifetimes but also the follow-on
> devices (the LINC-8 and PDP-12) as well.  My small consortium in
> Rhode Island (RCS/RI) have three -12s in our collection, one of which
> is fully operational, and all three were still in active use in the
> late 1990s -- which isn't bad considering the design was from 1969
> for an operational lifetime of 30 years.  (Nothing in the PC realm
> had really gotten close enough in capability and interface to displace
> the -12s.)
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