Bill Gates and the PDP1 Computer at the 'Computer History Museum'





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Published on Nov 2, 2013

Bill Gates and the PDP1 Computer at the 'Computer History
Museum' As told by Lyle Bickley PDP1 team member
Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA.

Lyle Bickley PDP1 team member describes Bill Gates visit to the Computer History Museum and his interaction with the PDP1 Computer. This is most interesting.

Thank you - the Computer History Museum and Lyle Bickley for allowing me to make this video.

This is the only PDP1 in operation -- anywhere. Their are only 3 or so still in existence.

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The visit to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California was insanely great - it was 56 years ago my career in computers started with school at 'Remington Rand Univac' in St. Paul, MN. Much of the old things I worked with long before microcomputers were on display with excellent documentation.

Lyle Bickley is a volunteer at the museum and is on the PDP1 team. Lyle not only demonstrated the PDP1 but gave us a complete tour of all the displays. The PDP1 is a computer I have never had the opportunity to use or see - the only operational one is at the museum and we were able to play "Spacewar!" on the machine.

From Wikipedia
The design of the PDP-1 was based on the pioneering TX-0 computer, designed and built at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Benjamin Gurley was the lead engineer on the project.[4] After building the first models in December 1959, the first PDP-1 was delivered to Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN) in November 1960,[5][6] and formally accepted the next April.[7] In 1962, DEC donated the engineering prototype PDP-1 to MIT, where it was placed in the room next to its ancestor, the TX-0 computer, which was by then on indefinite loan from Lincoln Laboratory.
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