Estimated Price Of A "Classic" PDP-8?

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Mon Jan 26 09:32:26 2004

On Mon, Jan 26, 2004 at 06:04:06AM -0800, Jim Davis wrote:
> Two miles!, and how many hundreds of thousands of years did you guys not
> plow the road to allow it to get that high? ;-)

That number is still up for debate. :-)

> R&R, Whats wrong with McMurdo? Net connection slower? Penguins not as cute?

Well... their connection is slower, but it's 24x7. They have a T1-speed
sat connection that's permanently allocated for internet and phone. We
do not - our connections (when they are up) are 100% internet + VoIP.
They also have five times as many people hitting the 'net with lots more
high-bandwidth e-mail (pictures of penguins, etc).

OTOH, they _have_ penguins and we do not (too far from the ocean).

> 1802 Emulator, Is it just a hex pad / led display toy? The 1802 sure is
> a interesting architecture,

It's an emulator for the classic Elf, the Elf-II and the Super-Elf, all
rolled into one. It's at...

> Not a classic cpu, almost a forth engine, but closer to the hardware
> with the register file and it's pc and acc selection regs.

Sure it's a classic CPU - The P-E articles are from 1976. It's not
a PDP of any kind, to be sure, but it's a classic in its own right.

> I think writing a compiler for that thing would either make my brain
> explode or become a 1802 convert.

Personally, I've never written anything for the 1802 that didn't fit on
either the P-E Elf (256 bytes) or the COSMAC VIP (4K). I've always
done my compiling by hand (as does the lead engineer for the AWS weather
boxes down here - he enters stuff into the EPROM programmer in HEX).

> Thanks for the 1802 lead, I collect, hack and play with emulators.

NP. I collect, hack and play with 1802s! (I'm building an P-E Elf
down here, too... I have all the goodies).


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