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9 hours ago, Padraic M said:

Really interesting, thanks Terry. I love their cable management scheme, and the optical guide scope!

Yes it puts our usb, dew heater and power cable management to shame.

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Great video, thanks for sharing. Interesting selection of computer equipment, will make a great museum one day 😂. Seems they encounter many of the same issues we see in our installations only on a massive scale, such as isolating the main pier from vibrations.

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  • 2 weeks later...

He mentioned the PDP11 computer still controlling the dish. I spent half my career working on DEC PDP11s and then later their VAX computers  At one time almost every laboratory had a PDP11 standing in the corner. It's amazing that a company so big and ubiquitous as DEC just disappeared so quickly. 

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