In the last part of my story (show 1811 in 2015) I told you about some of my experiences at the University of Manchester as a postgraduate student from around 1973.
Today I want to talk a little more about my time in Manchester and mention some of the things I did that may be of interest to Hackers!
Researching for the episode
As I have been researching for this HPR episode I realise how long ago some of these events were - in Internet years particularly. In many cases I could find no online records of places, equipment or people. This seems to be because any records there might be are on paper and have never made it online. I contacted a company that made some of the laboratory equipment I used that I thought might be of interest, and the person I contacted said that although he remembered what I was referring to the company had kept no records of it and had had to discontinue it due to modern safety concerns.
I find this somewhat dispiriting and it makes me feel very very old!
- Building experimental apparatus:
- Video tape recorders:
- Logic programming:
- D-MAC Digitiser:
- StackExchange article discussing the D-MAC digitiser
- ICT (ICL) computers:
- Wikipedia page on the Teletype Model 33
- CDC computers:
- Wikipedia page on the CDC Cyber range
- Wikipedia page on the APL language
- Sinclair calculators:
- Wikipedia page on the Sinclair Scientific
- New Scientist advertisement December 1975
- Sinclair Scientific operating instructions [This link might be dead; try the archive.org one below]
- Sinclair Scientific simulator
- Vintage Calculators
- Reverse Polish Notation
- Previous episodes: