Waay back around 1982, I had the rare privilidge to buy one of the
pre-peroduction prototypes of the not too famous Convergent Technology
workstation. It was a OEM product, resold under various brands, maybe
Burroughs, NCR, and Univac? Not sure.
Anyway, at the time it was a STEAL, I got a 8086 CPU, a 14megabyte hard
disk, 256K bytes of RAM, a green-screen hi-res (for the time) monitor, and a
fancy keyboard. (No mouse), (no graphics, eacept downloadable character
font graphics). No case, just open chassis, open monitor, three uncased
power supplies, all screwed onto a sheet of plywood.
It was a STEAL for only $3000.
It had a very advanced operating system for the age. While PC's barely had
PCDOS, this OS had a non-modal screen editor, long file names, a form-based
command processor, a fuss-free local area network and file-sharing,
spreadsheet, good word processor, FORTRAN, BASIC and Pascal compilers
(shoddy Msoft ones). Text windows.,
an awesome assembler, system source code, custom build system options, and
more that I've forgotten.
In My Humble Opinion, a HECK of a lot better computer than the IBM PC.
But as we know the PC won out.
And oh yes, an addictive and fun "rats maze" game that I played for hours
and hours. Pretty good graphics considering it was all character-font
Anybody remember that game? Anybody have the source code to it?
( Eventually after a few years the custom hard disk controller died and I
tossed the whole shebang in the dumpster. Sad, but that seemed like the
only option at the time.)
Has anyone a good screenshot/picture? I would like to mimic the look&feel in snipes.