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The Retrobits Podcast

Jul 24, 2007

When you get to the point where you really understand your computer, it's probably obsolete.

Welcome to Show 093!  This week's topic: The IBM System/360!

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A very interesting piece of history - an article describing the design motivations behind one of the most successful computer architectures ever - the System/360.  (PDF format...)
Want to convert from your old system to the System/360?  Of course you do!  And this IBM color flip book from the 1960s will show you courtesy of the Computer History Museum (PDF format...)
Why did some mainframes use a 36-bit word length?  Wikipedia will tell you!
Want to emulate a mainframe on your PC?  No, I'm not kidding.  Have a look at Hercules...
If you want to be in the System/360 "in crowd", you're going to need a IBM System/360 reference card (a.k.a. the "green card")!
Want to just read about the IBM System/360?  Here's the Wikipedia page, and here's a history page with other info...

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Our Theme Song is "Sweet" from the "Re-Think" album by Galigan.

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

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