Postmodern Sysadmin

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My Dad's Terminal Patent

I suppose I come from a… short line of engineers. My father used to work for Paradyne which was gobbled up by At&t, and is now owned by Zhone.

But back in the day they worked on “Terminals”. You know, back when “Computers” has a gazillion serial ports and the “Terminal” was the box that had a monitor and keyboard which parsed the 300baud green text? Yea neither do I…

But I’ve read about such times, and I know about the history of my xterm and picocom programs. They emulate these devices. Such devices that my Dad (Richard Anderson) designed! It is good to know your roots. Amazing:

Terminal Design (PDF)

Link to the Original Patent (uspo.gov)