[TUHS] Early non-Unix filesystems?

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Thu Mar 24 11:05:03 AEST 2016

On Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 6:46 PM, Dave Horsfall <dave at horsfall.org> wrote:

> Have you any idea how fast the IBM 1403 printer can slew blank pages?
> Cough cough...

> It chewed through a box in an instant, and I got to
> re-pack it afterwards.  You also learned to not place your coffee cup on
> it (I was doing the midnight shift at the time), because when it ran out
> of paper then the door would open automatically...
​What's coffee - try beer glass/plastic cup.

Once nice thing about raised floors is they kept your beer cold.   On
weekend if we were having a party, I would bring a gallon milk jug fresh
from the tap's at my fraternity and put it under the floor.

I could usually bribe another operator to stay over for an unpaid hour or
so when the backups first ran.   Then we would finish our beers and if I
was lucky, the "console bell" was a fire alarm.  So with a patch to the TSS
kernel you could get it ring the console bell when the system needed human
attention.  I could then go into the printer paper room where there was an
Tek 4010 graphics tube.  Thus I could either go off to hack for a while
 knowing that I would be called if the system needed me.​

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