From: Lyle Bickley <lbickley_at_bickleywest.com>
Date: Fri May 7 02:05:54 2004

1) In actual fact, the 1401 never emulated the IBM 70x series. The IBM 704
was a predessor of the IBM 709, 7090 and Stretch computers. The IBM
System/360 Model 65 and 67 did emulate the IBM 7090 - and hence "almost" the
704 whose instructions were a subset of the 709.

The System/360's Model 30 did emulate the 1401 - so they were probably
running a 360/30 - for Autocoder 1401 programs.

2) I had an Alpha Micro - and I don't remember ever seeing AlphaLISP being
ported to the 68XXX line.

3) I love the "Wizard of Oz" byline. Sounds like so much of today's news ;-)


On Thursday 06 May 2004 23:34, Vintage Computer Festival wrote:
> Found while scouring Usenet for something totally unrelated:
> "Well, you never know what someone might be doing with old, but usable,
> hardware. I have heard that there is a major bank in Great Britain
> that keeps an IBM 360 running because its 1401 emulator emulates a 704
> (as did the original 1401) for a program whose Autocoder source was
> lost long ago. Also, don't underestimate the geek factor. Was
> AlphaLISP ever ported to Alpha Micro's 680x0 line?
> "Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first woman
> she meets and then teams up with three complete strangers to kill
> again." -- TV listing for "The Wizard of Oz" in a Marin County newspaper,"
> Posted 2002-04-03 by one Michael Roach.
> Apocryphal? Who knows. Might be worth following up one...

Lyle Bickley
Bickley Consulting West Inc.
"Black holes are where God is dividing by zero"
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