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Boris N. Malinovsky’s Pioneers of Soviet Computing is the English language version of his earlier Russian language The History of Computing in Personalities (in Russian: История Вычислительной Техники в Лицах).

Partly technical history and partly a memoir, it is the only existing first person account of the birth of modern computing in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. It chronicles the life and work of renowned Soviet computer scientists S.A. Lebedev, V.M. Glushkov, N.P. Brusentsov, I.S. Brook, and many others. It describes numerous indigenous and original Soviet computer hardware projects from the end of the Second World War through the decades that followed, interlaced with commentary on the Soviet political and social systems that constrained rapid and free technological advancement. In addition, this work reviews the various Russian and Ukrainian computing schools ranging from the highly philosophical cybernetics and artificial intelligence to the applied defense computing institutions supporting the military and weapons enterprises. The epic effort to mass produce the Unified System (ES) series of computers – based on the IBM 360 design - is described in depth, along with the political and bureaucratic intrigue and personal and technological struggles that accompanied.

Subjects: Soviet Union, USSR, Electronic Computing, Science, Defense, MESM, BESM, ES, Elbrus, Setun, Cybernetics, Control Computers, Ternary.

Citation: Malinovsky, Boris Nikolaevich. Pioneers of Soviet Computing. Edited by Anne Fitzpatrick. Translated by Emmanuel Aronie. N.p.: published electronically, 2010.

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Woohoo, a MIPS Windows NT workstation, super rare!
Never heard of that machine before.

I have a question for the collective wisdom of the group and for which I have been unable to find an answer :

When and on what machine were multiple programs first stored on on-line storage (disks or drums) and how were they selected for execution.

The earliest heirarchical file system appears to be MULTICS circa 1964. Presumably simpler files systems existed before them. MULTICS certainly stored programs on its secondary storage but did the earlier, simpler systems also?

I have a candidate : the French SEA CAB 500 (circa 1960) which stored multiple programs on a drum, its main memory. Programs were selected by knowing their start address on the drum.

AFAICT the IBM RAMAC (circa 1956) disk was used only for data, but confirmation of this would be appreciated.

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DUNGEON (aka Zork I) Fortran source code.

Also available transpiled to C:

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Nice. "Visitors to the PEEK&POKE computer club in Rijeka, Croatia are encouraged to let their inner geek run wild and play Pacman on an 8-bit machine, use the computer Andy Warhol used for his early digital art, or simply kick back and play Mario Kart."

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PAPAC-00, the 1958 paper computer. Build it yourself and play with it :)

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Nice hack.

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HyperCard On The Archive (Celebrating 30 Years of HyperCard)

Wow I feel old :)

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First POKEY, a pretty cool french magazine for Atari 800XL fans and so on published in 1986.
Only 5 have been published and I only have the numbers 1, 2 and 3: it was very difficult to find them in the kiosks but it was so cool with hours and hours of listings to type on the keyboard before playing to the games !!!
Another very cool magazine was l'Atarien, for Atari 800XL, 520ST and other nice machines.
It was a very good way to learn programming skills in depth.
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