In the academic year 1998-1999 CUCPS held the following
talks, in the Hopkinson lecture theatre on the New Museums Site.
- On 20th October 1998, Sophie Wilson spoke to an audience of 22
about Acorn from the BBC to the ARM.
- On 17th November 1998, Philip Hazel spoke to an audience of 14
about Text Editing in Cambridge. Philip Hazel has been
involved in Cambridge text editing for over 25 years, writing the
original E4 editor for Phoenix one weekend in January 1972, followed
by EDIT version 2 in June 1973, ZED in 1978, E in 1985, and NE in
1994. The Specification of ZED (SPEC.ZED) (HTML
is available here. Source and binaries of the NE editor (a C port of
E) are available from ftp://ftp.cus.cam.ac.uk/pub/software/programs/NE/.
The sources of ZED (written in IBM assembler) are available during
Cambridge termtime from http://jsm28.trin.cam.ac.uk/data/ZED/.
- On 24th November 1998, Alasdair Grant spoke to an audience of 20
about Networking before the Internet, covering protocols
such as the Coloured Books that had formerly been used in Cambridge
and elsewhere; exhibits included an Ethernet controller for Phoenix.
- On 19th January 1999, Chris Cheney (head of the Network Division
in the University Computing Serivce) spoke to an audience of 12 on
The Granta Backbone Network. The Granta Backbone Network
(GBN) is the underground duct and fibre-optic cable network that
was installed between 1989 and 1992 to link together the major
University and College sites. The GBN provides the infrastructure for
the CU Data Network (CUDN) and is also used for various University
Telephone Network, security and institutional links. Samples of
ducting and cables of the type used in the GBN were passed round at
the talk, which discussed the physical cables and network details, the
problems encountered (both technical and political) in laying the
ducting, and futures in networking in Cambridge (including charging
for use of the transatlantic link).
- On 23rd February 1999, at 6pm in room TP4 in the Computer
Laboratory, Chris Hadley showed an audience of 9 some of the CL's Relics collection of items
related to past computing in Cambridge that have accumulated in the
Laboratory. Some items can be seen in display cases in that room and
elsewhere permanently; more may be on permanent display when the CL
moves to a new building.
- On 9th March 1999, Ian Jackson spoke to an audience of 18 on
Introduction to Phoenix. This talk is best described by
the speaker's blurb:
This talk will be a general introduction to the University's IBM
3084Q mainframe, Phoenix, RIP. It will aim to be in the style of the
talks on the subject which were given annually in Michaelmas by the
Topics to be covered will probably include
- Files and filespaces on Phoenix, including quotas, archive
- Phoenix HELP;
- Electronic mail;
- File transfer over JANET, uk.ac.ft-relay, etc.;
- Batch jobs, and the use of magnetic tapes for bulk storage;
- Procedure libraries;
- The CUCS Library CUCSLIB, including `TALK';
- GROGGS and Zinque
In the best traditions of the CUCS Introductions to Phoenix, this
talk will probably be full of technical inaccuracies and
half-remembered details. Experienced Phoenix users are encouraged to
attend and heckle.
- On 27th April 1999, Professor Maurice Wilkes spoke to an audience
of 20 on The Pioneering Days on Computing in Cambridge,
describing the early days on computing in Cambridge, from differential
analysers to how he came to design and, with his team, build the
EDSAC, which began operating on the 6th of May 1949. The EDSAC has a
claim to being the first stored program electronic digital computer
that was actually useful for real work (rather than as an experiment
in computer design and building). The EDSAC film (made in 1951, with
a commentary added 25 years later) was shown again at this meeting.
Minutes of the AGM of 9 March 1999, which
took just one minute and fifty-five seconds, are also available.
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