From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Tue Mar 5 12:40:41 2002

--- Gunther Schadow <> wrote:
> Don't know if it means any to you, but I have a PDP-8/A under the
> DECdatasystems label.

I have something similar - a PDP-8/a in a desk (as pictured on the front
of the 1976-1977 minicomputer handbook) with a black-fronted RX01
drive and, ISTR, "DECdatasystems 310" label (could have mis-remembered
the number, though).

I would tend to agree with other posters in this thread, that the
datasystems line was prepackaged and ready to drop-ship to the customer,
as opposed to the more traditional sales where you could order a PDP

I'm sure price and age have something to do with it as well... once a
system became mature, there were fewer varieties demanded by the
marketplace, so, DEC created a "one size fits most" package to make it
easier to show your pointy-haired boss and get approval for.


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