Post by email@example.com
I was a Rapidata user!
I'm a standup comic and former software engineer and I'm working on writing=
something about Rapidata and looking for any sources who might be out ther=
Rapidata was my entry point for learning computer science around 1968 or 69=
. My eccentric father brought an ASR-33 teletype with a 300 baud acoustic =
coupler modem into our small Bronx apartment's living room. He got a Rapida=
ta account, and with it came the orange-and-white manuals that would get me=
started learning Basic and Fortran.
On at least one occasion I visited the headquarters of Rapidata in the Empi=
re State Building and saw the GE mainframe there. I thought I had found som=
e bug in the rendering of a Fortran FORMAT statement I think. I must have b=
And I remember working with a sort of proto-grep called RITE, Rapidata Inte=
ractive Text Editor. I think :4 was the command that got you there.
In summary, I'm writing a piece about that experience and if anyone here --=
if there is still anyone using these groups anywhere! -- has any informati=
on on Rapidata history or any old manuals or anything like that I would be =
very pleased to hear from you. You can find me at waynecotter.com.
Post by Al Dykes
I worked for RapiData Timesharing for about a year circa 1969 and it
recently occured to me to google up what I could find. Almost all
record of them seems to have not made it to Usenet adn Google.
It was when all they had was GE 400 series machines. I was there when
Honeywell people came in and removed the GE signage for their own.
Rapidata Timesharing ran a home-grown clone of GE Mark-something=20