[XeTeX] Dinosaurs

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Mon Sep 12 19:21:42 CEST 2011

2011/9/12 Philip TAYLOR (Webmaster, Ret'd) <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk>:
> maxwell wrote:
>> I still have a chance to win, if I can just find my dissertation, which I preserved on a 9-track tape: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9-track_tape Produced on a CDC Cyber 170/750, with 60-bit words and 12-bit bytes; only upper case letters, so lower case letters were encoded with an \E\S\C\A\P\E \C\H\A\R\A\C\H\T\E\R.
> "9-track tape" -- ee, these youngsters don't know they're born.
> When ah were lad, us used to punch 'oles in paper tape using
> grandad's used matchsticks, and littl'uns used to fight
> over 'ood get chads (they used 'em to fool their mams
> into thinkin' they 'ad dandruff ...).
> Does tha' remember CDC 6400, lad : real machine, that
> were : Cyber's didn't come along until I were nearing retirement ...
I did some work on JPR-12, Czech computer, JPR stands for jednotka
programového řízení (program control unit). 12-bit bytes, 4 kB of
ferrite memory, so its contets was preserved when power failed, 256
input/output ports, no integrated circuits, everything was made just
of transistors. When I sent a listing of my assembler program to a
teletype, people in the whole building thought that I use a machine
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Zdeněk Wagner

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