On Thu, Sep 08, 2022 at 09:33:42PM -0400, Douglas McIlroy wrote:
As to where the byte came from, it was christened for
Stretch, aka 7020. The machine was bit-addressed and the width
of a byte was variable.
Huh, I did a lot of the Unix port to the ETA-10, that was the only
machine that I encountered that had bit pointers. I never understood
why that was a thing, Doug, do you know the rationale for bit pointers?
The ETA-10 is not well known, I was part of the Lachman group:
My first job after school, I got to watch Neil toggle in the bootstrap
stuff at the console. He wasn't Seymour but he was very very good.
One of the more substantial people I've ever met, I would guess he
has passed but if he hasn't, he would like this group of people.
Whatever, Doug or anyone, why do bit pointers make sense? Why?