Engineers send in photos of the strangest things in their offices and the result is eye-popping!
Mark Rustad has a thing for history inside his office at Intel. The big boy in the first photo is a Control Data 808 drive, which no doubt many of you remember from back in the day.
The photo above and to the left of the large platter shows an assortment of platters, down to 5.25". This platter is the same as the second to the largest in that image. The largest in that image is from a Control Data 6603.
To the right of the large platter are an assortment of platters, drives and heads. The stack of drives, from bottom to top are: CDC Wren IV SCSI 5.25" full-height drive (~300 MB), Fujitsu 3.5" SCSI half-height drive (unknown capacity), Seagate Cheetah 3.5" third-height Ultra SCSI 15k drive (18 GB), IBM 2.5" SCSI (240MB), Seagate ST1 1" (4GB)
In the picture below, Mark writes:
Going left-to-right in the back row:
IBM PC XT Technical Reference
Intel 286 Programmer's Reference Manual
Control Data Cyber 73 4kx12 core module, (with the orange label hanging on its front)
In front of that a 7600 core module
In front of that the core stack (1k x 12 I think) from within the 7600 module;The large black box in the center holds a Cray X-MP module
With a board from the Illiac II holding up the cover on the left
With another Illiac board holding up the cover on the right
To the right of that a module from a Control Data 720 (blue front)
To the right of that is a module from a Control Data Cyber 73
Right rear is a memory module from an air-cooled ETA machine
In front of that is a single 4k-bit core plane as found within the Cyber 73 module
In front of that is a 3Com Ethernet transceiver
The front row of modules are an assortment of old Control Data logic modules. The one directly in front of the Cray module is from a Control Data 1604 that has 6 (count 'em, 6) germanium transistors.
Mark concludes: "That is a lot of oddities for one little cube. I guess there is just one more reflected in the platter. :-)"
Anyone who’s worked in chip industry will have listened to the hardware guys blaming a software problem, only to cross the room and find that the software guys are convinced that “the problem’s in the hardware.”