To meet this need for high speed data processing, the scientists and technicians of the Eckert-Mauchly division of Remington Rand have created a miracle of electronic development: UNIVAC! [more inside]
posted by Trurl
on Oct 7, 2011 -
50 years ago today, IBM announced the 1401 Data Processing System
Originally designed as a spooling system for the larger machines, the 1401 became very popular as a mainframe in its own right, eventually being called 'The Model T of Computers'. By the end of 1961, the number of 1401s installed in the United States alone had reached 2,000 - representing about one fourth of all computers installed by all manufacturers at that time. 15- 20,000 were eventually built.
The Computer History Museum
in Mountain View is having a 50th anniversary celebration
on November 10th.
Here's what $125,600 (or $2500/month rent) would get you: [more inside]
posted by MtDewd
on Oct 4, 2009 -
"In 1964, a computer - the IBM 1401 Data Processing System - arrived in Iceland, one of the very first computers to be imported into the country… The chief maintenance engineer for this machine was Jóhann Gunnarsson, my father. A keen musician, he learned of an obscure method of making music on this computer - a purpose for which this business machine was not at all designed… When the IBM 1401 was taken out of service in 1971, it wasn't simply thrown away like an old refrigerator, but was given a little farewell ceremony, almost a funeral, when its melodies were played for one last time. This "performance" was documented on tape along with recordings of the sound of the machine in operation."
The whole story with samples, pictures and video at Jóhann Jóhannsson's
posted by tellurian
on Feb 26, 2007 -
Not the shiny muscle man from the past
, but a handy emulator for IBM S/360, S/370, S/390, and z/Arch mainframes
. Unfortunately, because of IBM's bullheadedness, you can only run operating systems released
when the world was young
, unless, for whatever reason, you decide to run something released after the Reagan Administration
You, too, can learn how easy we young whippersnappers have it now, but beware: to effectively use most of these systems, you will need to descend into Hell
posted by Captain_Tenille
on Nov 24, 2004 -
Electronic music buffs cite Radiohead's Kid A as their best work. How many know that Idioteque, arguably the stand-out track owes a debt
to Paul Lansky
, sampling as it does Lansky's Mild Und Leise
[mp3 file], a track composed in 1973 on an IBM 360/91 mainframe
. I didn't. Should you find your interest piqued, you might want to read an interview with Lansky
. If that was then, this is now: The excellent music video to Zeal
[Quicktime] by Plaid
, which, although a very different beast, is an excellent indicator of how far electronic music has come. [Probably NSFW].
posted by nthdegx
on Feb 9, 2004 -
I know you're all probably missing that old mini-mainframe you used to program on as a kid, right? Ok, maybe that's just me... But darn it, I can do it again using this PDP-8/E simulator
for the Mac. You can even write your own simulated DEC I/O devices like paper tape readers via a plug-in API. And for the techno-frankenstein in me, it'll run using SheepShaver
on my BeBox too.
posted by grant
on Nov 30, 1999 -