Author Archives: Quentin

About Quentin

Im just a normal bloke.

Back to the future

As I get older, I have been reminiscing on the good old days of computing when 32K of memory was amazing and programs came on punch cards. So, in a bid to re-live my youth I have been creating old … Continue reading

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May the Fortran be with you.

If you have your own Tops-10 system up and running you might want to do something useful with it. So, the first step for me was to install the Fortran and BASIC programming languages, partly to prove they would work … Continue reading

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Configuring PDP10 Tops-10 for online use

I installed my very own PDP10 Tops-10 system up and running on simh, but to make it work like a 1970’s timesharing system I needed to configure it to support remote users on “teletypes” attached to the system. Of course, … Continue reading

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Building a Dec PDP10 using simh

The Dec PDP10 is a large mini/mainframe computer from the 1970’s. For me the most famous aspect of the PDP10 is that it was the original computer upon which Colossal Cave Adventure, Dungeon (aka Zork) and the original MUD were … Continue reading

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Stuck in the MUD

MUD was the first game that I played that combined multi-user with a Colossal Cave Adventure style narrative and gave every user a character in the story. Today it remains one of the “greats” as a first of its kind, … Continue reading

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Star Trekkin’ across the universe

Many years ago I used to be a computer nerd and really enjoyed just writing programs on the at the local computer centre on a HP2000 Access computer system. The language was BASIC but this was a 32 user computer … Continue reading

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Building an HP2000/Access system from scratch

If you are interested in revisiting the great computer systems of the 1970s, then there is nowhere easier to start than with the HP2000/Access system, a system that was used by many schools and universities around the world from 1969 … Continue reading

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Drone’s eye view

As well as travelling around the world periodically, I also like to take pictures and make videos. I am, admittedly, not very good at this. Still those images I do make I feel the urge to share. It is in … Continue reading

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Travels from the past

One of the original aims of this site when I set it up back in 2006 was to share some of my travel videos. As it is, life and work and the like all got in the way and so … Continue reading

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A new dawn!

Across the Savannah the rising sun begun to crest above the scrubby grass. An antelope grazed nearby. Disturbed by a noise in the bush, the antelope darted to the left just as a small bird with feathers that looked like … Continue reading

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