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Offline spikedsynapse

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[IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« on: Sun, 13 June 2021, 10:14:45 »


The first computers were designed to be stylish and attractive.
They also changed the world. With my retro-computing deskmat
series, I will create artwork that celebrates both the beauty and
the importance of many old computing systems.



Rama M60a with GMK Art on a Big Blue Deskmat

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The PDP-1 computer is the first in this series. 
One of the first video games, Spacewar, was programmed for
this system at MIT in 1962.  Spacewar was shared throughout
the computer programming community and ultimately inspired
the game Asteroids.

The PDP-1 is a beautiful machine. The control panel,
switches, & monitors all work together with a repurposed
IBM Model-B typewriter to create an object worth admiring.



Big Blue


Groovy Orange


Retro Beige

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Thanks to MarkTheWeeb, ImperfectLink, Afresh, Ducks, ThickJimmy, & LP for all the
help & encouragement! Special thanks to Cthulhupa for helping me sort
out the technical manuals to get the lights & labels right on the panels.
All the artwork was created by me in Adobe Illustrator.
The render is also by me.
As such I retain artist's copyright of all my work.




« Last Edit: Sun, 13 June 2021, 20:06:41 by spikedsynapse »

Offline spikedsynapse

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #1 on: Sun, 13 June 2021, 10:15:24 »
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Offline cthalupa

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #2 on: Sun, 13 June 2021, 10:28:30 »
In for a Groovy Orange for sure!
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Offline Neely_12

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #3 on: Sun, 13 June 2021, 10:30:34 »
Pretty cool idea GLWIC!

Offline Alejo1707

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #4 on: Sun, 13 June 2021, 10:33:56 »
Oh shoot, neat idea mate! Will be on board with you, and GLWIC!

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Offline TyPo.mk

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #5 on: Sun, 13 June 2021, 10:34:47 »
Dang that retro beige would look great with a ton of sets coming out this year

Offline Alejo1707

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #6 on: Sun, 13 June 2021, 10:56:08 »
The blue one was meant to go with Space Cadet.

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Offline Mark The Weeb

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #7 on: Sun, 13 June 2021, 11:15:59 »
Copping one the second they drop !!!

Offline atl22033

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #8 on: Sun, 13 June 2021, 15:17:48 »
will get as soon as it drops GLWIC dude this looks amazing

Offline ThickJimmy

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #9 on: Sun, 13 June 2021, 20:31:53 »
Love the way these look! Good job Spikey!!!

Offline LittleAad

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 15 June 2021, 15:16:50 »
Radiates that vintage vibe. Super nice. Any info on thickness of the mats yet?

Offline hottrout

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 16 June 2021, 11:17:22 »
Cool concept, what other retro machines have you planned?
Current Daily Driver : Virgo - Ultramarine - Standard Lube  |  WTB : Sagittarius Ergo, ISO Keycaps from GMK Red Samurai.

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Offline spikedsynapse

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #12 on: Thu, 17 June 2021, 09:33:10 »
AAD:  yes these will be 4mm thickness. A very good manu will be making these

Hottrout: Definitely the Altair 8800, one of the Cray's and an IBM 7094. I am also thinking seriously about a Honeywell System & a Symbolics System

Offline hzsh

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #13 on: Thu, 17 June 2021, 09:38:29 »
Damn! I really like the Retro Beige colorway, would look phenomenal with beige keycaps or a beige board, just a really nice one that would be easy to match. I also really like the table design, a simple addition to the piece.

Offline hottrout

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #14 on: Fri, 18 June 2021, 11:40:51 »
AAD:  yes these will be 4mm thickness. A very good manu will be making these

Hottrout: Definitely the Altair 8800, one of the Cray's and an IBM 7094. I am also thinking seriously about a Honeywell System & a Symbolics System

Love it, if you need any images of old systems or suggestions, I am happy to help.  It might be an excuse to dig them out of the collection. (The Dictaphone Keyboard in my Avatar is not from the web, it is a photo from my collection)
Current Daily Driver : Virgo - Ultramarine - Standard Lube  |  WTB : Sagittarius Ergo, ISO Keycaps from GMK Red Samurai.

Systems -
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Work |i9-7940x@4.8ghz|32GB(3600)|STRIX-RTX2080Ti|Bespoke Water, 360m Rad|X299 Prime Deluxe|EK x299 Monoblock|Optane 900p|2x1TB 960 Pro|2x10TB Helium|Dell U3415W + Dell UP2116Q
Home |i9-9900k@5GHz|16GB(3200)|Suprim RTX 3090 24G|EK Closed Water Loop|Z390-F|1TB 960 Pro|1TB 980 Pro|Dell AW3418DW|NEC MultiSync|Rode NT1&AI-1|Drobo16TB
Mining |i5-7500|16GB(2400)|H110 Pro BTC+|8x1080Ti|2x1650Watt PSU

Plus 35 years of collecting retro computers, consoles, games, peripherals, mainframes and mini's as well as their software, keyboards, games and manuals. 100's of systems including every Amiga model made
  Keyboards -
More
IBM 3101 | IBM 3276 | IBM 5150 | IBM ModelM | Dictaphone Dual Display | Vintage Cherrys (1982 onwards, just about all of them) | Commodore (all of them) | Nixdorf | Siemens | ICL | Apple (all of them) | Filco Majistouch | KBDFans 5degree - Chocolate | Rama M6-B - Moon | CA66 Silver | ClueBoard Graphite/PC | Varmilo VA69M Silver | E7-V1 SE Yellow | Rama U-80 Space Grey | VN66 Navy | BOCC Frosted Polycarbonate | Rama M10-C Midnight | FLX Virgo Teal & Black | Rama M60-A LYN Kuro | Space65 CyberVoyager WhiteGold | Space65 CyberVoyager Terminal | Clarabelle Sandblasted Polycarbonate | Elongate Mini 1800 Blue | Petrichor 1800 Red | Vulcan Maja Ergo Green | Think6.5v2 RoboCop | Jacky Bear 65% E-White | Sakabato CB87 TKL Champagne | KCK KY-01 Aquamarine | Jae J-01 F&F E-White & Copper | S7.7 E-White | The Adélie Blue | NIX OxalyS80 LE Dark Polycarbonate | Mesa TKL E-White | Smith & Rune IRON180 Graen/Brass | Skog Reboot Desert | CU7 Black | ROTR Silver & Copper | RAMA Kara Soya | Grid 650 E-White | SIX5 LE Aluminium & Gold | OwLab Voice65 Grey | BOX 75 Black Stainless Steel | Onyx E-White | Ikki68 BT Charcoal | Smith & Rune Iron 165 Graphite & Stainless Steel | Epoch 80% Black | RAMA Thermal SEQ2 Kuro | Paper Crane Gerald65 SE PC & CF | CB1800 ZANBATO | GLiTCH | Eclipse Grey & SS | TGR Tomo Silver | Mountain Ergo Black | Keebwerk NASU Black/Red |

Offline Sturmtiger

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #15 on: Tue, 22 June 2021, 21:54:02 »
The thing looks absolutely amazing, hope it gets a Canadian vendor as it would look great with a number of boards I have! (A man can dream)

Offline Zakar1ya

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 23 June 2021, 13:35:32 »
Absolutely love them, very excited for the GB!

Offline spikedsynapse

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 30 June 2021, 08:49:15 »
The thing looks absolutely amazing, hope it gets a Canadian vendor as it would look great with a number of boards I have! (A man can dream)
I am going to be reaching out to vendors soon. I will be sure to reach my to the north. ;)

Offline MrBingo

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 30 June 2021, 11:26:26 »
reminds me of portal 2 game, nice work  :thumb:

Offline spikedsynapse

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #19 on: Fri, 02 July 2021, 14:52:12 »
reminds me of portal 2 game, nice work  :thumb:
Portal 2 is quite a fun game. Glad you like the deskmat

Offline spikedsynapse

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Re: [IC] Retro-Computing Deskmats: PDP-1
« Reply #20 on: Mon, 05 July 2021, 14:57:02 »
Unfortunately this isnt going to make it to group buy. Thanks for the interest :)