On Tuesday, 24 April 2018 at 8:06:12 -0400, Noel Chiappa wrote:
Regarding the Winchester code name, I've
argued about this with Clem
before. Clem claims that the code name refers to various advances in
disk technology first released in the 3330's disk packs. Wikipedia and
my own memory agree with you that Winchester referred to the 3340.
And you believe anything in Wikipedia?
Yes, most things, especially if they match my preconceived notions.
To be fair, Wikipedia is relatively accurate. And if you find
something wrong in it and don't fix it, you have only yourself to
If so, I have a bridge to sell you! :-)
Hey, that's my line ("Porting UNIX Software", page 9).
But, in this case, it's correct. According to
"IBM's 360 and Early
370 Computers" (Pugh, Johnson and Palmer - a very good book, BTW),
pg. 507, the first Winchester was the 3340. The confusion comes from
the fact that it had two spindles, each of 30MB capacity, making it
a so-called "30-30" system - that being the name of Winchester's
There are competing stories about why it was called "Winchester".
Another I have heard was that it was developed at IBM's facility in
Winchester Boulevard in Campbell CA. But the Wikipedia article only
gives the 30/30 version, so I suppose it must be right :-)
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