Autumn 1976 from the pages of Computer Weekly

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40 Years Ago... from the pages of Computer Weekly

compiled by TNMOC Volunteer Archivist, Brian Aldous

A selection of stories from Computer Weekly infrom the autumn of 1976.The full archive of Computer Weekly can be seen at TNMOC, where there are special rolling displays of front pages from 25 and 40 years ago. This article appears in the latest issue of Resurrection, the newsletter of the Computer Conservation Society.

903 sings goodbye to Queen Elizabeth To the simulated strains of “Goodbye-eee”, one of the heroes of the ancient days of small computers — way back in 1967 — was seen off to a new lease of life this week, thanks to Computer Weekly. (CW513 p1)

Birmingham calls for museum pieces An appeal for computer processors, peripherals and terminals which were significant landmarks in the history of the computer industry, has been launched by Birmingham's science and industry museum. (CW522 p11)

The first Cray installation passes tests The first Cray 1 supercomputer to be installed on a customer site successfully completed its six month evaluation period on October 1 at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico. (CW518 p1)

Nationwide order system planned for UK bookshops A Nationwide on-line order entry System for UK bookshops is likely to be operational early next year. (CW515 p56)

EPSS exchanges to go into operation All three exchanges on the Post Office’s Experimental Packet Switched Service are now operational and each user linked to the network can communicate with each other. (CW516 p11)

UK launch of reading wand An optical character reading wand, the P130, designed to be used with most types of intelligent terminal, including the IBM 3270, is now available in the UK from Recognition Equipment. (CW517 p1)

Coral 66 compiler from CSS The latest company to cater for the increasing popularity of Coral 66 is CSS International, the UK branch of the US bureau National CSS. (CW513 p9)

Image processor highlight at show An advanced image processing system from Plessey is one of the computer industry highlights at Farnborough ’76, which opens to the public on September 9. (CW514 p1)

UK survey aims to show Coral’s worth An independent UK evaluation of Coral 66 against the US Department of Defence’s standard real time language specifications is deliberately aimed at producing evidence for the DoD that the language is, after all, extensible, and thus worthy of adoption as standard for the UK armed services. (CW514 p9)

ICL 2900 breaks into Europe Two major orders for extensive terminal networks built round ICL 2960 mainframes mark the long awaited first penetration of the commercial user market in continental Europe by the large 2900 machines. The orders, foreshadowed in Computer Weekly four months ago, have both come from France, theoretically the stronghold of the indigenous CII-HB. (CW515 p1)

Reminiscing Orion ... What promises to be a night of tearful reminiscences is being arranged for October 22, when, it is hoped, an Orion reunion will be held at London’s White’s Hotel for anyone who worked on the now legendary Orion computer — either as a user or as a supplier. (CW518 p12)

EEC picks 2900 system The final decision on the new computer for the EEC Commission's Luxembourg centre has now been taken, and as expected, the contract has gone to ICL. The £3.5 million order is understood to be for a 2980 running under the VME/B operating system. (CW519 p1)

Intel new single board system To enhance the SBC 80/10 microcomputer introduced in February, Intel has launched the SBC 80/20, which adds new facilities to the earlier system’s concept of a complete OEM computer on a single printed circuit board. (CW520 p16)

Joint board set up to plan networks Cutbacks in funds for both the Science Research Council and the Computer Board, which pays for university computers, has led to the formation of a joint SRC and Computer Board unit responsible for planning university and research council computer networks. (CW522 p40)

First overseas order for CTL 8000s A West German printing firm has placed the first order outside the UK for Computer Technology’s Series 8000 on-line systems. The customer, EC Baumann KG, of Kulmbuch, Bavaria is paying DM 1.5 million (about £350,000) for two 8050s and one 8030 which it will use to edit text for photo typesetting. (CW523 p10)

Scanner challenge to EMI Challenging EMI on its home ground in the X-ray body and brain scanner business is the US firm Ohio-Nuclear with its Deltascan. (CW523 p19)

IBM launches DIY mini range The IBM minicomputer products line is to be called Series 1 and is being marketed as a do-it-yourself mini system aimed at experienced computer users. The first two products of what had previously been known as Peachtree were officially announced, this week, as predicted in Computer Weekly. (CW524 p1)

RAE contract goes to DEC A contract for a system to handle large-scale air flow computations for the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough has now been awarded to Digital Equipment, although the power of the system is greater than one Atlas — the minimum size needed for a government project to be considered as a case for ICL single tendering. (CW525 p1)

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