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Re: Welcome! DO NOT DELETE - NOT SPAM!!
Speaking of "Deltoid", there is a book by John McPhee called "The
Deltoid Pumpkin Seed". Its actually not about computers in any way --
its about an attempt to build a dirigible/airship/zeppelin type
aircraft where the shape of the craft is an airfoil, giving both
static and dynamic lift properties to the craft. But I digress....
I suppose I can take some of the blame (credit?) for shifting Bob into
"search and locate" mode. It occurred to me recently that its been
20+ years since I first encountered Delta and its about time for a
reunion! It seems that many folks are still in the NE area so having
a reuinion wouldn't be too far out of the realm of the possible.
How does everyone else feel about that?
I did a little searching on my own, and discovered that I have these
archaelogical artifacts to bring to the party:
o TECO release notes from April 1979
o TECO reference manual from 1980
o a printout of one of Ralph Gonzalez' amazing mathematical
simulation programs. (And yes, there are virtually no
comments and every variable is K5, L6, J2, etc! Such a
wonderful example of spaghetti code, but we still love your
programs Ralph :)
o a magtape with various programs on it. I don't even
recognize what the programs are myself, but I think I have a
copy of the 'xerox print queue' program I wrote on that
tape. I think the other stuff was just things culled from
the DECUS library tapes
o a printout of a _very_ early version of the "Jargon File".
Its so early it doesn't have a version number or a date (and
it predates Eric Raymond's involvement in creating the
Hacker's Dictionary). Its also only 22 pages long!
Bob mailed me Alan Flippen's "History of DELTA" essay, which I popped
into MS word and converted to HTML and sent back to Bob. If Bob
doesn't have public web space to begin accumulating a "DELTA Archive",
I can help provide that.
I read the first couple pages of Alan's history and I like it! Brings
back all kinds of memories ;). I take pride in being the youngest
person ever to break security and then become priv :). Its inspired
me to write up a short essay of how I became involved with DELTA,
which involves a few interesting Gestapo-like computer center stories.
I'm out in Utah now, but I still think fondly of the DELTA days. A
fairly recent photo of me is at