[TUHS] Algol68 vs. C at Bell Labs

Ronald Natalie ron at ronnatalie.com
Tue Jul 5 05:56:43 AEST 2016


Yep, you could mount dectapes as filesystems, but you were not getting the greatest performance when you had to wait for it to rewind to update the superblock.

> On Jul 4, 2016, at 3:23 PM, Dave Horsfall <dave at horsfall.org> wrote:
> 
> On Thu, 30 Jun 2016, John Cowan wrote:
> 
>> Indeed, the PDP-8 system I cut my teeth on swapped (infrequently) to 
>> DECtape, which is essentially a floppy drive without random access.
> 
> DECtape was indeed random access; individual blocks could be addressed.
> 
> -- 
> Dave Horsfall DTM (VK2KFU)  "Those who don't understand security will suffer."



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