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Re: [Groff] The Great 202 Jailbreak.

From: Ralph Graulich
Subject: Re: [Groff] The Great 202 Jailbreak.
Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2014 20:15:16 +0100

Hi Ralph,

> Interesting twenty-minute video covering the history of
> reverse-engineering the $50,000 Linotron 202 typesetter at Bell Labs in
> the late 1970s.  (Hat-tip

Funny coincidence that you mentioned that video on the list not long ago 
(although I didn't read that post back in december):

Since mid november I am again tinkering with my chess typesetting macro package 
that I began in 1998, as little as it evolved over time. Over the years it got 
stuck in a state somewhere between complete uselessness and hopeless attempts 
of getting it in a half-backed shape. As I looked for a replacement chess font 
for the free Adobe one I used in its most recent incarnation, I stumbled across 
the "chessfont" from the "Berkeley Font Catalogue" in "ULTRIX-32 Supplementary 
Documents - General User" (V 3.0) from 1988 (available at:
So I wrote to Ken Thompson and asked him whether he has a copy of that 
particular chess font in his archives - it turned out he hasn't.

And now, after further investigation, I found that very interesting video on 
YouTube. I still have the more or less Lino internal use only CORA language 
reference somewhere…
After watching it, I thought about posting it here, not knowing that all this 
information was already sitting here on the list for three weeks already - 
which again tells me to follow this list more thoroughly. ;-)


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