I'm finally getting around to posting some of the notes I took during Linucon 2.0 held in Austin, Texas on 30 SEP - 2 OCT 2005.
Early History of Computers
9:00pm on 30 SEP 2005
Tom Morin & Bill Allen
I arrived a little late to this one hour session. Bill and Tom took turns telling their tales. Bill Allen told some funny stories about his time he spent working at MIT, including the time he crased their system by switching to radix 7.
The first computer game they remember playing was called Space War. Bill devised a clever technique that would allow him to beat his opponent each time he played.
- triode, 2 tubes to make a flip-flop
- Cray Supercomputer, cooling system
- Data Point, in San Antonio, VTL