Minicomputers - What They Are and What They Can Do

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Minicomputers - What They Are and What They Can Do

Post by KirtB » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:52 pm

Minicomputers - What They Are and What They Can Do, June 1970 Popular Electronics

We do not speak of 'minicomputers' today, but if we did, what would come to mind is not an EIA 19" equipment rack packed full of equipment. Only network servers with teraflops of computing power and/or petabytes of data storage are configured thus these days. 'Minis' in 1972 sported microprocessors that handled 8- or 16-bit words and a whopping 32 kBytes of operating system and program execution memory. FORTRAN, ALGOL, and BASIC were the languages of choice - with no object-oriented code in sight. Don't laugh at the poor slobs of computer yesteryear or congratulate yourself for living in an enlightened ... http://www.rfcafe.com/references/popular-electronics/minicomputers-popular-electronics-june-1970.htm
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