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April 11, 2002

One of my first systems - the PDP-8/E

The item from Slashdot about old computers reminds me of one of the first systems I was ever around: a PDP-8/E running OS/8 off a DECtape.  The OS and all the applications were stored on the DECtape, which was this little (4") tape that had a file system stored on, much like a floppy disk. 

What I remember about it was hitting control-c to interupt whatever program was running, and then waiting for the tape to rewind back to the beginning to reload the command prompt.

We're all spoiled now.