Comment On Confessions: The Soft CPU Upgrade

"Years ago," writes Maxime, "we found ourselves plagued with a brand new, unusably sluggish website. Most of the team blamed the esoteric VMCMWTH-based architecture (i.e. View-Model-Controller-Model-What-The-Huuhhhhh) that was pioneered by the Chief Developer. But the Chief Developer and the CTO (who also happened to be his uncle), blamed the hardware. More specifically, it was the 'inferior, off brand' CPU." [expand full text]
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Re: Confessions: The Soft CPU Upgrade

2012-05-28 06:30 • by Shinobu (unregistered)
382043 in reply to 381790
Norman Diamond:
The Science Museum, London, had an exhibit on Charles Babbage in 1999. That's where I read that he was vilified for trying to fix bugs in tables of logarithms.
Ooh, that's interesting. Their website doesn't mention it though. Still, it would be very interesting if it were to turn out there were some truth to it, and I'd love to read more about it.

Re: Confessions: The Soft CPU Upgrade

2012-05-28 23:00 • by Norman Diamond (unregistered)
382051 in reply to 382043
Shinobu:
Norman Diamond:
The Science Museum, London, had an exhibit on Charles Babbage in 1999. That's where I read that he was vilified for trying to fix bugs in tables of logarithms.
Ooh, that's interesting. Their website www.sciencemuseum.org.uk onlinestuff stories babbage.aspx doesn't mention it[/url] though. Still, it would be very interesting if it were to turn out there were some truth to it, and I'd love to read more about it.
You're right, it's too bad their web site doesn't mention it.

The quotes below are relatively innocuous. They are NOT the droids that I'm looking for.

www.computerhistory.org babbage dionysiuslardner
"Here Lardner again trumpeted the danger of tabular errors, and this at the expense of the mathematical potential of the machines. His focus on errors was a well-intentioned attempt to publicize the engines. But in overemphasizing errors he did Babbage's interests near-fatal damage as experts disagreed whether errors in tables were a serious problem at all."

www.computerhistory.org babbage georgeairy
"In 1842 he advised the Treasury that the engines were 'useless' and that Babbage's project should be abandoned. The Government axed the project shortly after. Airy was not alone in his opposition. Astronomers in Sweden and France also rejected the utility of the machines."

Akismet says that computer history is spam.

Akismet still says that computer history is spam.

Maybe a moderator can put the URLs back together, since no one's going to moderate Akismet.

Re: Confessions: The Soft CPU Upgrade

2012-05-30 10:28 • by Spoe (unregistered)
382159 in reply to 381596
TheCPUWizard:
...multi-user mainframe....DecWriter (sic)


It is DECwriter...made by...wait for it...DEC [Digital Equipment Corp]. The vast majority of these were used for PDP-11 and VAX computers, both of which were considered Mini computers and not mainframes...


I remember those. The company I worked for in the nineties sold those to farms (the agricultural kind) so they could dial in to our VAXen to run reports. I think we stopped selling them in the eighties, but they were still in use (and we had to support them) in to the naughties (2000s).
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