just some thoughts about software and other things I like

Early Computing Design

The early days of computing have interesting bits of design and style. The PDP-11 was introduced in the 1970's, somewhat recently historically speaking.


I have a deep appreciation for the well refined design of the 1970's. The popular designs of the 70's managed to hold onto some of the features introduced by the great designers of the 1960's like grids, prominent use of primary colors, and line drawings.

It's quite funny to see computers along side fashion at the time, check out this sexy computer babe changing the disk pack on DEC PDP-11 timesharing system!

The PDP-11, this was one of the more well adopted computer models in universities. This is due mostly in part because it was the first computer which could be loaded with Bell Laboratories UNIX operating system, and it was only $16,000 USD, or about the cost of a reasonable car at the time.

Some of the computer manuals distributed with these model computers are interesting to me, I like the layout and particularly the typography and color.

Some of the manuals are fascinating and interesting to read. It's amazing to me how far we have come with computing alone, not just the internet, but the adoption of computers in every single aspect of our lives.

Only four decades ago an entire university (if they were lucky enough) may have only one computer to share amongst every student, professor, and faculty member. It was not until the business world began to see the value of computing in everyday business that the personal computer would become feasible. I think there is a lot to be learned about modern computing by looking at the past. A lot of really great minds got us to where we are today.

Here are the manuals for the DEC PDP-1, PDP-5, and PDP-11 (Resource timesharing system), I encouraging you to read over at least one of them!