[TUHS] First CRT terminal on Unix?

Clem Cole clemc at ccc.com
Wed Nov 22 23:28:29 AEST 2017


s/check raster/cheap raster/      sigh....

On Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 8:26 AM, Clem Cole <clemc at ccc.com> wrote:

> These are called DVST - Direct View Storage Tube devices - or a modified
> slow persistence phosphor oscilloscope.   And yes the clear, function was
> done by large voltage pulse (blinding flash).   They had a very high
> resolution graphics and were (surprisingly) popular for a long time.  Tek
> invented computer graphics.   Tektronix 'Plot 10' plotting package was de
> rigeur for years and xterm still supports many of the functions.    But it
> was funny how companies believe their own hype.
>
> When we developed Magnolia in Tek Labs in 1979, we did a Raster Graphics
> display and the Terminals Division poop-ed on it, because they were selling
> so many 4014's at the time.   When RamTek did a check raster graphics
> terminal and almost overnight the market for blinding green flashes went
> away.  There were terminals lined up in hallways in Wilsonville that they
> could not sell.
>
> On Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 7:22 AM, Robert Diamond <rob at robdiamond.com>
> wrote:
>
>> The first non-printing terminal I remember seeing at Bell Labs was the
>> Tektronix 4014. The image (green phosphors) was “painted” on the screen and
>> would remain until an erase function was executed. (I seem to remember that
>> this action made a soft audible “pop” sound).
>>
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tektronix_4010
>>
>> ---
>> Robert Diamond
>> rob at robdiamond.com
>>
>>
>> On Nov 22, 2017, at 5:43 AM, Nigel Williams <
>> nw at retrocomputingtasmania.com> wrote:
>>
>> I stumbled into a reddit post on Unix with the claim about early Unices
>> only being accessed via printing terminals, and it suggested a question to
>> me as to the first “glass teletype” or CRT terminal to be used with Unix.
>>
>> Given the DEC-centric nature of early Unix I would guess perhaps a VT05
>> or VT52 but I’m keen to know if anyone from those early years recollects
>> what happened and when regarding Unix terminal access alternatives aside
>> from the venerable 33KSR or 33ASR.
>>
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