By David E. Lundstrom
During this own memoir, electric engineer David Lundstrom remembers the heyday of early computing, the increase of regulate info out of the Univac department of Sperry Rand, such milestone desktops because the Univac and the Naval Tactical information method the exploits of CDC's most sensible clothier Seymour Cray, and the slow company shift from the fascinating and technically fascinating international of desktop layout to inner politics and clumsy paperwork. - writer. Read more...
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The test floor at the new plant on West 7th Street followed this trend. Viewing wind ows wer e cut in the walls along the main aisles of the plant Members of our te st crews ofte n looked up to see curious faces with noses pr essed against the glass. Some of the technicians became mildly irritated at this unwant ed attent ion and respo nded in typical fashion. Signs wer e made up identifying tho se with their faces to the glass as improb able or obscen e animal species:"Blue- balled Baboon" is on e I recall.
The deadly five-mile communication gap began to cost us dearly in time and money. Th e tr ouble reports would be collected and logged, and formal qu estions would be written up for the design group and sen t to them by inter plant mail This took a day. Ward Lund would guaran tee us an answer within three working days. Sending replies back and d istrib uting the answe rs to the person or iginating the trouble report would take another day. we ek between problem finding and correct ion. and in the meantime tes ting of a particular compu ter section might be held up.
George Cogar would work half-days with Ward Lund's developme nt group and then teach us test engin ee rs a" differences" course on the changes made to convert th e Univac I to Univac Il the other half-days, a du al assignment that seemed to both er him not at all George event ually returned to Philadelphia, but Dave Keefer stayed on in St, Paul to work with Dick Karpen on a prelimin ary de sign for th e Univac 1IR, a version of the Univac II that would use magn etic amplifiers instead of vacuum tubes.
A few good men from Univac by David E. Lundstrom