Raspberry Pi impersonates PDP-8 at Irish museum

Raspberry Pi impersonates PDP-8 at Irish museum

Pat Moran demonstrating the Pi-based Minicomputer

Pat Moran demonstrating the Pi-based Minicomputer

One of the early 21st century’s smallest computers has been turned into a 1970s minicomputer and shown off at a museum in Galway, Ireland.

Pat Moran, of the Board of the Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland – CCMI, has demonstrated, at a museum public exhibit, a PDP-8 simulator based on the credit-card sized ARM-based Raspberry Pi, the English-designed and Welsh-made spiritual descendant of the BBC Micro.

The real thing - a PDP-8 in operation
The real thing – a PDP-8 in operation

Pat previously worked in the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) plant in Galway city where these refrigerator-sized 12-bit minicomputers were manufactured until production ceased in 1979.

The simulator uses a miniaturised version of the famous flashing lights and switches on the front of these much larger, yet less powerful, computers, which put a smile on many of the former DEC employees and users of PDPs that attended the show.

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For more information on the Museum, which is located at the Insight Centre For Data Analytics, IDA Business Park, Lower Dangan, Galway, Ireland, check out their website or their Facebook page.

 

News and museum images courtesy the Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland - CCMI
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Fun with terrible old games in Cambridge!

Fun with terrible old games in Cambridge!

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Like movies, some video games are so bad that they’ve become cult classics, or at least a legend in their own lunchtime.  For every great game there are always several awful games that balance things out in the gaming Universe.

So it’s great that some of these classic clunkers are getting their own back towards the end of this month, when you’ll be able to roll up at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, England, where you’ll be joined by enthusiastic volunteer staff and celebrity Youtuber and author of ‘Terrible Old Games You’ve Probably Never Heard Of’ Stuart Ashen, when the museum is “…putting on an exhibition of some of those forgotten stinkers.”

Just for fun, the Centre is dedicating an entire day to “…the games that wasted our time, effort and hard earned pocket money as kids and the games that we never played because they scored so low in gaming magazines that… well why would we?”

So come along and re-live the agony of playing some of those terrible old games that you threw in the bin or returned to WH Smiths as a kid. Stuart will be hanging out at the museum for most of the day if you’d like to meet him or to get anything signed.

Tea, coffee and snacks will be available from the Pac Lunch Shop.

Normal museum entry fees apply. Booking is not essential, but if demand is high priority will be given to those who have booked in advance.

Date : 23 January 2016
Time : 10:00am – 5:00pm

Further details:

http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/40121/Terrible-Old-Games-with-Ashens/