Microdata "Microprogramming Handbook"

From: Jay West <west_at_tseinc.com>
Date: Thu Jan 24 19:13:32 2002

Lame? I think NOT!!!! Talk about historical....

The Microdata was THE very FIRST commercial Pick operating system based
computer. It was the one Dick Pick and Chandru Murthi gave the Pick
operating system to the world on. Why was it chosen? Simple... the microcode
architecture was extremely flexible. They wrote the operating system using a
virtual (or "mythical") instruction set, then programmed the firmware
(EEPROM) with the necessary missionary to native instructions to execute the
virtual code. Most other operating systems are designed the other way
around. Absolutely fascinating, and certainly historical.


Jay West
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sellam Ismail" <foo_at_siconic.com>
To: <classiccmp_at_classiccmp.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2002 9:51 AM
Subject: Re: Microdata "Microprogramming Handbook"

> On Wed, 23 Jan 2002, Pat Barron wrote:
> > I happened across one of these recently, and have no real interest in
> > Microdata. So, I've listed the thing on eBay, check it out if
> > interested...
> >
> > http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1326034396
> Lame.
> Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer
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