[TUHS] PDP-11, Unix, octal?

Erik E. Fair fair-tuhs at netbsd.org
Tue Jan 17 06:31:19 AEST 2017


When I learned DG NOVA assembler in the mid-1970s, octal was it - it was everywhere. I didn't see hexadecimal notation until 8-bit microcomputers started using it in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Just a change in culture, I'd suppose. Hex fits neatly into a byte, and we don't seem to see computers with word sizes that aren't a multiple of 8 any more.

	Erik <fair at netbsd.org>


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