Software Preservation (was: SIMTEL...)

From: Stan Barr <>
Date: Fri Apr 5 06:25:29 2002


Loboyko Steve <> said:

> I have a paper tape punch that does Mylar. too bad the
> density is so low and the cost of Mylar is so high! I
> too worry about preserving this type of history. I've
> been playing with my PDP-8 and its software, and I
> wonder what the oldest existing program that actually
> runs might be...

Don't know about PDP-8 programs, but a copy of a program
to print squares, by M.V.Wilkes, May 1949 is available
for the EDSAC emulator...could this be the oldest surviving
computer program? (Of course, the operating sustem - or
Initial Orders as it was known - is older.)

Stan Barr
The future was never like this!
Received on Fri Apr 05 2002 - 06:25:29 BST

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