The PDP 8/E is 50 years old

Just seen this posted to alt.sys.pdp8

From: Volker Herrmann [email protected]

The PDP-8/E was introduced 1970 August 25.-28. at the Western Electronic Show And Convention Los
Angeles (WESCON).

To celebrate this I made a short clip:

If you like to read some words from Remo Vogelsang, the leader of the PDP-8/E development team, you
maybe have a look here (in German language)

Have fun and keep the old iron running!



Folks, you have to watch this thing. Just highlighting it.


Nice long piece on the creation of the machine nearby:

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Thanks for the video!

There was something magic about teletypes which isn’t there with display terminals - that chaka-chaka-chaka sound followed by the print head returning to the left, new line, and with a sudden stop - it was sitting there, expecting you to enter something. “Now it’s your turn!”. That feeling wasn’t there the moment I moved to a VDU (not that I would really go back, but…)

The Teletype was certainly more special in its way than later printing terminal with everyday dot matrix print head. Just didn’t have to worry about the dot matrix one shaking themselves apart.