[TUHS] Slashes (was: MS-DOS)
ron at ronnatalie.com
Sat Jul 9 07:09:00 AEST 2016
I started on ADM-1 (upper case only but they did have cursor addressing) and ASR-33 teletypes. I remember using all the backslash escapes to write my first C program while Mike Muuss looked on in the UGL at Hopkins. Later we got HP terminals with upper and lower case.
Hopkins had a KSR37 in the EE department with a greek type box on it even. It was stored in a closet dubbed (obviously) “The KSR Room.” The pennywhistle modem I had lived there. We used to place collect calls to the Pentagon TIP (we’d tell the operator we were calling a computer and if it beeped it accepted the charges). Later they upgraded the printing with a Diablo-ish (daisy wheel) printer. We had such printers over in various other labs I had access to (Psych department, etc.).
Hopkins actually had one of the “braindamaged Hazeltines” (leave poor tilde alone) and a few ADM-3’s and for some idiotic reason the department bought a couple of SWTPC implementations of the TVTypewriterII which were just awful. Tektronix donated a bunch of stuff to us so we ended up with both 4014-ish things and some real raster Tek graphics terminals.
When I went over to BRL we primarily dealt with some VT52 clones which were preferred because they put the control key next to the A which we liked. Eventually, we got the Teletype 5620 the commercialization of the Blit/jerq DMD terminals. By the time I left most of us had either Suns or SGIs on our desk though.
At home I had an ADM-3 followed by one of the VT-52 clones and also a ASR 37 that I got surplus (It had a Rocky Flats property tag on it). When I moved to NJ I ditched them all and just used at terminal emulator on my DOS PC-AT for the longest time. I actually had a 9600 SLIP line and a router to the Ethernet in my house (I used one of the RU subnet numbers).
From: TUHS [mailto:tuhs-bounces at minnie.tuhs.org] On Behalf Of Clem Cole
Sent: Friday, July 8, 2016 4:49 PM
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Subject: Re: [TUHS] Slashes (was: MS-DOS)
On Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 2:23 PM, Random832 <random832 at fastmail.com> wrote:
What terminals did you use, back in those days?
Hard copy (that I remember, but we have proven how poor memory can be):
* ASR/KSR 33s originally, we had one 37 but it was not on a system I used
* IBM console's printers Model numbers I've forgotten (but with an APL ball)
* Later Xerox DaisyWheel printers Model numbers I've forgotten
* Later DEC Decwritter I and II
Glass TTY (not complete but for a quick memory dump)
* Lear Siegler ADM3 (lots of them - many people made them as kits) and why we have hjkl as the movement keys in vi - the arrows were embossed on those key tops
* PE "Fox" (CMU has a large lot deal and these became the standard there in the late 70s)
* Triple Drip "Graphic Wonders" (man I miss these with a dedicated PDP11 and an amazing keyboard --- best game platform I ever knew)
* Tektronix 401x series (just about all models of them) but 4014 was used the most
* DEC VT52
* Eventually, VT-100, PT-100 and a number of other VT-100 knock offs
* Eventually Tek 4025s (until the RT, one of the best keyboards - used in Magnolia BTW)
* Heathkit H19 (still have mine that I built)
* Eventually Wyse 100's, 99GTs and Wyse 60s -- later being the best Wyse (I still have one)
* Ann Arbor Ambassador (my all time favorite - wish I still had one)
* Too many different graphics terminals to remember
* Numerous other "dumb terminals" who's brand names I have long forgotten.
* although for some reason I remember the Kimtron KT-7 being a popular one - memory is they were dirt cheap at the time
* Eventually later models of DEC terminals, but the keyboard always sucked and had those strange DEC private connectors on them, so I tried to avoid them.
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