For the past few nights I have been falling asleep to the extremely 70s supercomputer energy of this 12-hour Cray X-MP training video playlist, via our friend Chris:
"Octal chauvinism" was apparently still a thing in supercomputer/minicomputer circles well into the 80s. So weird.
@phooky 18-bit and 36-bit words are *weird*. Anything that's not a power of 2 creeps me the fuck out.
@mdhughes oh, it's even better than that-- the Cray uses a 64bit word and 22bit addresses and they *still* use octal. (Technically a 72 bit word, but 8 bits are for the ECC.)
A matter of habit, I still make an effort to remember the bits corresponding to 0xb, 0xc or 0xd. With the octal system, everything is fast and automatic.
However, ``if you use hexadecimal you can do hard drives or something'' 🤣
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