[TUHS] A/UX [was Linux is on-topic]

Dave Horsfall dave at horsfall.org
Sat Aug 15 11:24:41 AEST 2020

On Fri, 14 Aug 2020, Paul Winalski wrote:

> IPL is one of several IBM-isms.  A few others:
> main storage = memory.  IBM considered "memory" too anthropomorphic.
> DASD = direct access storage device = disk.  This is a hold-over from
> the days when, in addition to disks, there were drums and the IBM 2321
> data cell drive (aka the noodle-picker).  DECtape would probably be
> classified as DASD.

Another one for you: LCS: Large Core Store (sort of extended memory).

Ah, the noodle-picker...  Also known as the Chicken Plucker, when it
worked it worked OK, but when it didn't...

There was also this rotating drum, where instead of the heads moving, the
drum slid sideways, and the (male) operators used to show it to females...

-- Dave

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