Tektronix 8530 (was re: Terak 8510a)

From: clark_geisler_at_nortel-nsm.com <(clark_geisler_at_nortel-nsm.com)>
Date: Mon Jun 16 12:51:56 1997

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cc: (bcc: Clark Geisler/NORTEL-NSM)
Subject: Re: Terak 8510a

>Talking of obscure PDP11-related machines, has anyone else ever come
>across the Tektronix 8530 etc systems. These machines were sold as micro
>development systems and lived in 2 racks - one contained an LSI11 (or
>PDP11/23) CPU card + RAM + disk controller + I/O + drives (either a couple
>of 8" floppies or one floppy and a Micropolis 1200 hard disk), while the
>other contained the development options -- in-circuit emulators, logic
>analyser, EPROM programmer, etc. They ran either a much-hacked RT11 or a
>much-hacked Unix.
This sounds a lot like a system I saw installed new at my alma mater
(University of British Columbia) my graduation year (1983). It was a
development system with LSI11 CPU running UNIX. There were a number
of terminals attached, and it was used to teach computer process control
concepts to non-computer eng. types. I remember seeing various pumps and
tanks connected to it.

I never used it seriously myself, but just logged on to play with it: this
was the
first Unix system I had seen. I wasn't very impressed with it at the time:
whenever I used the 'man' program, the pages would just scroll up the
(no pause), then it cleared the screen, leaving the prompt.

Clark Geisler
'just have an Amiga 1000 and a VAX 11/730'

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