Lyle Bickley tell story of how Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) started to make their first Minicomputers.
Having all this digital capability DEC engineers wanted to use the modules to make a computer. Management resisted this for fear of competition from big Blue (IBM). Management finally gave in however the computer could not be called a computer it was called a "Programed Data Processor" or just PDP. The first was the PDP1 soon followed by the PDP8. Folks began calling them minicomputers.
These early PDP computers are in great demand by collectors however it is believed only 3 PDP1's still exist and the only one operational is at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Later models are available but the very early ones - PDP8, PDP8S are difficult for collectors and computer retro folks to find. I was very fortunate to have acquired several original PDP8, PDP8S and PDP11/70 computers. My interest is more with historical microcomputers. The PDP minicomputers in the "Bugbook Historical Microcomputer Museum" have now been pasted on to other retro collectors of minicomputers. You will some of my past blog posting about these transfers/collectors.
Video of the PDP1 restoration story by Lyle Bickley 'CLICK'
Photo L-R My wife Gaynell Larsen - Bob Rosenbloom and Lyle Bickley. This visit was in October 2013.
"by David Larsen" KK4WW Computer Collector Historian
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