Monday, October 28, 2013

PDP1 Vintage Computer at the Computer History Museum - Mountain View , California

Computer History MuseumThe visit to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California was insanely great - it was 56 years ago my career in computers started with school at 'Remington Rand Univac' in St. Paul, MN.  Much of the old things I worked with long before microcomputers were on display with excellent documentation.

Lyle Bickley is a volunteer at the museum and is on the PDP1 team. Lyle not only demonstrated the PDP1 but gave us a complete tour of all the displays. The PDP1 is a computer I have never had the opportunity to use or see - the only operational one is at the museum and we were able to play "Spacewar!" on the machine.

Video story of PDP 1 history by Lyle Bickley below photo's.

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Lyle bickley PDP1 Computer

 Lyle Bickley team member for the PDP1 at the
Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.
The 2 boxes on the railing black knobs are for playing
 "Spacewar!" on the PDP1.

Lyle bickley PDP1 Computer

L-R David Larsen, Bob Rosenbloom & Lyle Bickley
at the PDP1 Computer. Lyle demonstrated the PDP1
operating and we all played "Spacewar!".

Lyle bickley PDP1 Computer

L-R Gaynell Larsen, Bob Rosenbloom & Lyle Bickley.

PDP1 computer DECLyle told us all the PDP1 computers were custom made and were all a little different. This large photo in on the wall in the room with the PDP1 looks much different with additional display panel and three additional racks of equipment (communications controllers,
etc.).   When restoring the PDP1 at the museum Lyle told us they could not find diagrams or schematics that were a good match for that machine and they had to do some guessing and trial and error testing to make the machine operational. The team worked for 1.5 years restoring the PDP1.

Google Bicycle

Many different historical items on display - here is a Google Map bicycle and car.

                                                             Video of Lyle Bickley telling
                                                             some history about the PDP1.

gaynell Larsen
David & Gaynell Larsen

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1 comment:

  1. Win - Thank you for the comment -- Yes it is really nice to see this PDP1 operating - I will do video tonight and post it -- PDP1 playing music (BACH) Dave


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