An illustrated tour of Unix history


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Rob went to graduate school at Caltech, not Berkeley.


The video is silent for the first 3 and a half minutes in case anyone is wondering.


It was fascinating to watch this history of Unix development. That jab about the IBM 360 compiler in the sixties being faster than any modern compiler holds true, although the newer ones might be a bit better.

The Teletype bitblit machine is one that I’d never heard of. Very similar to the Xerox work at the time, but even less commercially successful.

I was working with Forth at the time, making similar hardware to do circuit board CAD systems. Made a CPU board very similar to the wire-wrap one seen here. And the mouse looks very familiar…


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