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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 2:57 am 
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Fellow denizens of this forum may have read the story of Mel, the original "Real Programmer" and his intimate familiarity of the internals of the RPC-4000 (a fascinating machine from a half century ago that used a rotating metal drum for random access memory).

I have been poking around various archives and pieced together a few artifacts - not yet a copy of the specific code in question, but interesting (to me at least) anyway.

I've summarized my findings so far on my blog

Feedback and more links gratefully accepted here or on that blog post.

Cheers

Jonno


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:54 am 
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The story of Mel was great reading. As a Retrohacker you can easily identify yourself with the way of thinking, structuring and optimizing code in unorthodox ways just to save that one byte or a few CPU cycles. At least if you've done ASM in 8 bits.

Couldn't read your blog unfortunately (as I would like to know more about this machine). "Service not available. Try later". Will do.

Thanks for sharing!!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:21 pm 
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thanks for the heads up my blog is down. looks like I need to reinstall the whole server :-(


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