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RE: More Delta Pictures

My memory leaks like a seive, but I thought the Plato machine was a
Cyber-176.  As crude as the graphics were, I still fondly remember it's
multi-player flight simulator/fighter game.  Especially when they locked out
the students from playing in order to keep the system from getting bogged
down, but it only made the game run faster with better opponents on-line
(staff, which somehow included me since they'd let me write some piddling
physics lessons).

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-deltoids@mcws.net [mailto:owner-deltoids@mcws.net]On Behalf
> Of Aron Insinga
> Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 1999 12:52 PM
> To: deltoids@mcws.net
> Subject: Re: More Delta Pictures
> btw, my (failable) memory says the Project Plato (a/k/a Project Pluto)
> machine was a Cyber-173.  (Does anybody remember for sure?)  While it was
> still new (maybe before Plato was completely up and running on
> the machine)
> we did sneak in a batch FORTRAN job or two.  (Their idea was that
> if a user
> didn't get more than 1ms. of CPU time per second of real time, you could
> run 1,000 users at once.  Ignoring overhead.  Ignoring the fact that there
> are a lot of interesting things that would take a little more CPU
> time than
> that.)  One of their programs was a fruit fly genetics experiment
> that drew
> nice picures of the flies with their particular characteristics.  Somebody
> rewrote it in BASIC+ using the Tektronix 4010 or 4013 (green vector; 4013
> had extensions for APL and I don't know what else) terminal.  The only
> really cool thing about Plato was their orange plasma dot-matrix
> terminals.
>  They were pretty strange with something like 6-bit characters going from
> the keyboard and something like 12-bit characters coming from the computer
> (or did I get that backwards?)
> - Aron
> At 01:24 PM 4/10/99 -0400, you wrote:
> >Hi folks,
> >
> >Just added another collection of pictures to the web site. These were
> taken by
> >Ernie near the end of Delta's declining years. I added some
> subtly cynical
> >captions. As always, comments and corrections are welcomed. Enjoy...
> >
> >http://www.eecis.udel.edu/~mader/delta/erniepics.html
> >
> >-Bob