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synack
October 20th, 2012, 11:55 AM
Hi, everyone on my first post!

Wondering if someone could help me identify everything in the photo below.

I'm a sysadmin at a hospital, a lot of the time I end up sneaking down to the datacenter to find a "quiet" place to work :wink:. I was moving some departmental files around and stumbled on a bunch of scanned historical photos. One filename caught my eye, 1976-DataProcessing (the IT computer names still carry a DP prefix :)). Took me a second to put the picture together, but I was working in the same room as my predecessor ~35 years ago! --The raised floor, light alignment and one remaining breaker on the wall haven't changed. And we still have the stylish cabinets in our storage room...

I grew up with a CoCo 2 as a kid, so this really predates me! Any help identifying the computers would be greatly appreciated.

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Chuck(G)
October 20th, 2012, 12:47 PM
The clothes and 'do are definitely 70's. The system is an NCR Century; probably a Century 101 (the whole series shared that two-slots below a colored hat appearance). I'll leave you and bitsavers to figure out the rest.

synack
October 20th, 2012, 03:22 PM
Thanks! Honestly didn't even know NCR was in that business then.

I was just scrolling through a NCR 101 reference manual... It's amazing how far removed we can be from the underlying hardware in a computer at this point. (Manually setting IRQs with jumpers, back in my day, is a joke compared to reading that stuff... :-))

Oh, I was just chatting with someone who vaguely remembered it... They called it Max. I guess the software was Medisys (sp?) not sure if that was COBOL or Fortran...

Chuck(G)
October 20th, 2012, 04:17 PM
Don't ask me about application-specific stuff. The last medical software that I looked at in detail was for MEDLARS and ran on a Honeywell box using tape drives.