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DEC PDP-11/45 in Real Life (1979)

During the process of selecting a family to appear in the film, a PDP-11/45 appears in the role of a "Graficon 8000" which measures the screen presence of the different families.

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Ryan Schweitzer

The display for this system looks like a Vector General vector-traced graphic display, with it's output also featured in the film displaying the rather comically simplistic wire-frame simulation of the person being "measured". "Thank you, you may pick up your shoes at the front desk." :D I believe the exact same setup (a PDP-11/45 with Vector General display) was used by Larry Cuba to generate the wireframe CGI of the Death Star and its trenches' fly-by views featured in the movie "Star Wars".
2020-09-13 13:56


Judging from the photo, it looks like the idle-pattern of RSTS/E. The switches are set to 773000, which happens to be the address of the bootloader-ROM of the M9301 card.
2021-06-20 21:03