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When I were a lad you had to build the blinking computer before you could even program it.
(There's a photo somewhere. I'll post it if ever find it )
Hi Andy, Rob,
The first computer on which the beginnings of Templot ran (1980) was a Rockwell AIM-65:
I built a backplane and several home-made expansion boards -- all home-etched on the well-known international size of 16" x 4" which was the size of PCB sheets which I had in stock for making the 85A Models track components.
The AIM was used to drive a Bridgeport miller which we converted to CNC control for machining turbine-blade tooling. The great thing about the AIM-65 was that it came with a full circuit diagram and a full listing of the embedded source code. I learnt a lot from a close study of that. It was still working fine 10 years later, to make the tooling for the Hunslet:
The PCB sheets were cut to size for me by Crossley & Bradley in Leyland, Lancashire, and it seems I'm not the only one who remembers them:
And still going strong:
The punched cards 8 years before the AIM were for programming an IBM System/7 computer, controlling chain welding machines:
Still in my pocket as I write this is a penknife given to me on a visit to the Wafios factory in Germany in 1972.
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