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Fun to see this! I was an operator in our high school computer lab, which had a Nova 2 with a similar boot process (except we had a 9-track tape drive and 10MB Winchester to load binaries from...that paper tape is brutal). I had it memorized and could just about do it at “8x speed”. :) We ran multiuser stand-alone BASIC with four ASR33s in a room that must have violated noise-safety standards.

This multistage process is still how pretty much everything boots, BTW, except you start with a ROM rather than a human flipping switches. Back in those days a boot ROM was an expensive option you could do without.




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