Here are some questions to see just how much of a "DG Head" you
- How many "DOS"-type systems did DG develop before AOS?
- AOS was originally informally called "Casper - The Friendly
Ghost". Do you know why?
- AOS originally required extended floating point instruction set.
Why? (Hint: it tried to do something on time.)
- What was the original name of AOS?
- Who was the primary developer of RDOS?
- Who was the primary developer of RDOS' predecessor, DOS?
- Data General created a great virtual machine system called "Easy
Basic System" in 1975, which was remarkably similar to today's
Java system. It was never officially released to customers. Do
you know why?
- What is the difference between the Nova 830 and Nova 840 computer?
- What is the difference between the Eclipse S/20 and Eclipse S/120
- What was/is the most unusually Nova or Eclipse computer application?
- What are the two main design differences between the Nova 840 and Nova 3
- What computer architectures were considered for the original AViiON
- What was the "NovaDisk"?
- What was "So Hairy It Is a Pig"?
- What DG operating system was called "the operating system you can
understand"? (Okay, smarty, why?)
- What is "Ostrich" in the context of a Nova computer?
- What was the first "open system" processor (chip) considered by
- What was "The Andrews Tapes"?
- Who had "bourbon balls", where and when?
- When did SSI come out with Word Perfect, and what did SSI stand for?
- What is NMORT X and what does it test?
- What basic instruction set incompatibility do some Nova "lookalike"
machines exhibit? (hint: think indexing)
- What was Point 4's original name?
- What was the last 16-bit Eclipse model created?
- What was the RTIOS package?
- What was the DCU/200? What processor did it use?
- When the 4100 asynchronous multiplexor was originally
announced, how many 9600 baud lines did DG claim it could support? What
was the real number?
- What was the slang name for the 4026?
- If you asked someone in SBS engineering in 1977 what he
was working on and he said "Not Much", what was he talking about?
- What kind of device was a "woody"?
- The Minimum Equipment Configuration for an RDOS license
was a CPU, memory, disk controller and disk, basic I/O controller and a
Teletype. What could be substituted for the Teletype and how much did it
- What two products shared the name "Dataprep"?
- What is the next logical board model number in this
series: 4007, 4008, 4010, 4011, 4012,...?
- What was DEVIOS?
- The code name for the 32-bit Eclipse was "Eagle", but
what were the codenames for the original 16-bit Eclipse?
- Did anybody ever really load RDOS successfully from
paper tape using the reader on an ASR-33?
- What is NMORT?
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