Artifact Details

Title

The Mouse that Roared: PDP-1 Celebration Event, lecture by Harlan Anderson et al.

Catalog Number

102695087

Type

Moving Image

Date

2006-05-15

Credits

Anderson, Harland E.; Fredkin, Edward; Bell, Gordon; Kotok, Alan; Russell, Steve; Samson, Peter

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, CA, US

Platform

Microsoft Windows Media Player

Extent

01:53:46

Format

Mini-DV

Copyright Holder

Computer History Museum

Description

This is a color moving image with audio.

From abstract: "Introduced in 1959, the DEC PDP-1 computer is truly the mouse that roared, a powerful, easy-to-operate computer with a host of new abilities that allowed its users to interact with a computer all to themselves. This was a novelty in the early 1960s when mainframe-based batch processing was the norm and the idea of a computer dedicated to a single-user was heretical, akin to having a personal aircraft carrier.

Our panel comprises key figures in the development and use of the PDP-1. Moderated by computer science legend Dr. Ed Fredkin, panelists will explore the creation and impact of this unique machine and how most of its features, functionality and DEC’s philosophy of interactive computing were eventually adopted by other companies years later."

Category

Lecture

Subject

PDP-1 (Computer); PDP computers--History; Digital Computer Corporation (DEC)

Credit

Created by the Computer History Museum PDP-1 restoration team

Lot Number

X3509.2006