Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) built a "Computer Lab" device in the
late 1960s. This training device was intended to teach basic principles
of computer operation.
|COMPUTER LAB, "916" Patchcord Assortment,
and COMPUTER LAB Workbook
|Bundle of Taper-Pin Patchcords
(107 of assorted lengths)
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From the Computer Lab Workbook, published by DEC in 1968:
THE COMPUTER LAB
Digital Equipment Corporation has had extensive experience in computer education,
with over half of its 3000 installed PDP computers in educational institutions.
DIGITAL found a need for a training device to teach basic computer concepts and so
developed the COMPUTER LAB, a classroom laboratory for teaching digital logic and
The COMPUTER LAB is a complete educational package for teaching the fundamental
concepts underlying the theory and operation of all digital computers. In clear
experiment-lessons, the student is given step-by-step instructions in digital logic
principles. After mastering the basic material presented in the COMPUTER LAB
course, the student can progress easily through advanced study into many of the
computer-related disciplines. The digital logic fundamentals presented in the
course constitute the basic knowledge a student neeeds to build a career as a computer
technician or electronics engineer. A programmer, if he is to use a computer to its
fullest potential, must also be thoroughly familiar with a computer's basic
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