Punched card readers

From: Eric Chomko <chomko_at_greenbelt.com>
Date: Fri Jun 22 19:59:35 2001

Sellam Ismail wrote:

> On Fri, 22 Jun 2001, Jeff Hellige wrote:
> > I'll have to see if I still have that NEETS module here. I
> > don't remember the section on the Harris systems though. I know some
> > of the oilers were still using them since the ship wasn't large enough
> > to accomodate the Honeywell systems. The last time I actually worked
> > on one was in '93. Even the Honeywell's are being replaced by micro's
> > running Unix though.
> Straying a bit off topic, can someone explain why the Navy, a branch of
> the US military, requiring rock solid, uncompromising stability in the
> systems that control their vessels, in their infinite procedural and
> compliance wisdom, would choose Windows NT to control battleships?

CONTROL battleships? Or be on board in a network where someone needs to type up a
Word or Excel file? There is a difference. At NASA I know of no Win NT CONTROL
aspect of a satellite. The damn things run Mil-Std 1750A architectures. And I know

that the updated the HST with a rad-hardened 486 replaced the older rad-hardened
I will find out what OS (low-level) actually CONTROLs it. Probably a Unix variant.


> Or was that just a sick joke? I know it wasn't, but I'd like to believe
> it was ;)
> Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
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