Columbia's PDP-11/50 room, 1975. The communications cabinet is on the left,
with Racal-Vadic rack-mounted modems visible near the top. In the foreground
is an LA36 DECwriter
hardcopy terminal. In back are
the GE Terminet (left), the Terminet's cassette tape drive, and a
video terminal. The Terminet's tape drive (which took an ordinary audio tape
cassette) was supposed to be a modern replacement for the Teletype ASR-33
paper tape, and had possibilities for removeable offline storage that didn't
pan out. The Terminet's print mechanism was similar to the
and was quite fast for its day, but also
unbearably loud and prone to jam. The VT05 was an uppercase-only (and
DEC's first) video terminal.
Photo: Frank da Cruz.
Frank da Cruz / firstname.lastname@example.org /
Columbia University Computing History / Jan 2001