The Return of the Cray files

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Instead of writing these enormous articles, that take forever to finish and no one reads, I decided to write shorter pieces on just one topic. Hopefully it will not be that taxing on your patience and I can crank out material more frequently.

The other reason to grab the pen keyboard again is that I have some great news to report: A very nice gentlemen – who decided to remain anonymous – contacted Chris and me, saying he has some X-MP tapes we might be interested in. As it turned out he has an absolute treasure chest of material, in fact much more than ‘just’ a collection of X-MP tapes. But more on that later.

First a disclaimer: unfortunately, while I have a copy of some interesting pieces of his collection, I don’t have permission to publish any of the stuff. So this time around I can only show you what it looks like, but I can’t put my work online. To be absolutely precise I can put my work online but it’s pretty useless without the bits that I can’t. I plan on doing more videos and screen-shots to replace some of the missing experience. Maybe eventually I manage to get the right permissions to publish the full work as well.

Till then, let’s dig in! For now: the following pieces are available:

  1. A Bridge too Far
  2. That Obscure Object of Desire
  3. Exploring the CD
  4. A New Simulator, part 1
  5. A New Simulator, part 2


To get around the publishing issues, I’ve made the simulator on-line. The simulator page with login information is available here: