Oldest computer on the internet?

From: Zane H. Healy <healyzh_at_aracnet.com>
Date: Sat Dec 18 10:15:59 2004

>On Dec 17 2004, 13:43, Ashley Carder wrote:
>> > Does anyone know what the oldest documented functional computer is
>that is
>> > connected to the internet?
>> ..... and is accessible by others via telnet, etc?
>I'd suppose David Gesswein's PDP-8 would be a candidate. I have a
>PDP-11/83 called titus running BSD2.11 which is internet-accessible,
>and my PDP-8/E has a serial line on a terminal server which is also
>internet-accessible, but neither is powered up 24/7.

In part it depends on ones definition of Internet accessible. Does
telneting to a VMS box, then using DECnet to connect to the target
host count? If so I've had a PDP-11/23 running RSX-11M accessible.
If I had access to it, my PDP-11/44 which is about 25 years old could
be accessible (it's currently buried under a pile of stuff in my
folks garage, but if I need to I can get access to it on a clear day
without to much trouble).

I could easily make my PDP-11/73 accessible via the Telnet to VMS
then DECnet to PDP-11 trick with it running RSTS/E, RSX-11M, or
RSX-11M+. I could also have it directly accessible running
RT-11/TSX+. I suppose the /73 is pushing 18-20 years old (I don't
really know, it's build from a MicroVAX II BA123 chassis, and parts
I've collected over the years).

The only thing powered up 24/7 is my VMS server though, I can't
afford the power to keep a PDP-11 running 24/7.


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