Colony was someone's attempt to turn the secretary problem into a computer game. Except instead of trying to hire one secretary, you were piloting a starship full of colonists and you would visit n planets in order, whereupon you were told how suitable they were for colonization (using Star Trek like planet classes) and you got to decide how many colonists you would beam down to colonize it. At the end, you were rated on your performance.
It is the game that turned me into a hacker. Unfortunately I never got to play it again and I never found its source code nor any reference to this game. And it wasn't until I heard about the secretary problem as an adult that I figured out what the game was really about.
Ho ho ho.
Its interesting to imagine asking a bunch of normal devs today to make a basic text adventure. Imagine the approaches they'd take and how lost they'd be!? :D
The very first game I played as called "L Game" on the rare (and underappreciated) RM Nimbus 80186s at high school in the UK. It was a text adventure and the rooms were forming an L. A quick googling finds a playable version online: http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=2147 (there goes my afternoon)
They're really rare now, probably because most were network-boot and couldn't be used outside of a networked environment and I guess most schools just threw them in the bin.
> UTS is a discontinued implementation of the UNIX operating system for IBM mainframe (and compatible) computers. Amdahl created the first versions of UTS, and released it in May 1981, with UTS Global acquiring rights to the product in 2002.
I have no doubt some people abused it into being a useful tool. IIRC, it came about at the same time the 370s got vector processing that made them better suited for scientific applications.
I think you mean Multics, since UNIX predates MINIX by 16-18 years.
I was highly curious how it was possible to so easily compile ancient
mainframe code on MacOS.
For a real main frame in your pocket have a look at the Hercules mainframe emulator. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hercules_(emulator)
I found this by chance one day when poking around at work in $BIG_FIN_CORP and it made me so happy. Until I realised the only editor was... well. ed T_T
Here is the pdp-11, birthplace of Unix:
It's by all means a mainframe. Same goes for the vax which followed it.
"Mid range" and "Mini computers" came up in the 1980s/1990s, e.g. as Department file and print servers.
> The PDP-11 is a series of 16-bit minicomputers
It’s a class of computers in the 1960’s that was distinct from mainframes because they were so much smaller and cheaper, even though today all 60’s computers feel equally huge.
The PDP-11 was a minicomputer. It did not have the data throughput to compete with a mainframe.
Minicomputer = wardrobe/fridge size computers
Microcomputer = your idea of minicomputer
Stories about historical artifacts are popular here and it's not unusual that they are reposted a few years later by someone that missed the original discussion.