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it was an pretty absurd night, and we now have this. and even worse things. this was apparently in use until some months ago and controlled some part of an ventilation system since 1983. it's supposed to be a school-learning-computer, but like a lot of things in socialism, it was used for completely different things.

@aurora this is gorgeous! how cool - I never considered trainers getting used as production systems, I'd love to hear about more examples where things like this happened.

@djsundog @aurora

I'd guessed at it being a Z80 clone (and thus handy for use in embedded systems), looks like this was indeed the case..

de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycomp

@djsundog this was apparently a pretty normal occurrence - it was way easier (and less waiting time) to get educational computers, than it was to get a "real" computer (you only got one if you were really important). the school computers were also built from "second choice" chips with production defects, another reason why there were more of them (the microchip factories had lots of problems, more than 80% of their output was somewhat faulty). so lots of easy automation was realized with them.

@aurora makes a ton of sense - thanks! (also, much cooler than the opposite side of the cold war, where we just built industries to make bigger and better landfills for the most part)

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I can remember we had do build those computers from scratch at school in my apprenticeship. We had a lot of fun, and only about a third started at the first flick of the power switch. Thats how I learned debugging hardware.

Mitte der 80er Jahre, Pionierpalast in der Wuhlheide...
Ich stand davor, war nur fasziniert, programmierte das Ding damit das Kran-Model das sich damit steuern lies sich bewegte...
Ich glaube das war wirklich der erste Computer mit dem ich zu tun hatte...
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