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Subject: Re: Passing of Rolie Baldock (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 21:44:43 +1000
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A small world ....
My first job when I arrived in Australia in 1966 (age 20) was with the PMG
Trunk and Telegraph Planning section in East Perth. The Senior Tech was Bill
Nutall and the Engineer ("God") was Rolie Baldock. The primary purpose of
the section was to "go bush" and do transmission measurements on the open
wire lines. Rolie was this somewhat mystical character who came down from BS
Castle on occasion. I understand that even then he was attempting to
automate the whole process by using a PDP8 to drive the test equipment. A
pretty advanced concept for 1966!
Until I saw this thread I new nothing else about him than that. I guess I
missed out there! You can tell me more one day.
BTW, the PDP6 you mentioned was the same one I got my first programming
experience on, in Fortran 4. The subject was Programming 102, which followed
Slide Rule 101 :-)
"bruce varley" wrote in message
> The diagnosis spurred him on to greater efforts with his projects, which
> were many. Amongst the ones I know about were a new design of wind
> an electric car, tooling up for PLDs, PCB implementation capabilities and
> fitting CNC to his beloved lathe. He was also a keen amateur musician, and
> enjoyed the occasional duet playing piano, with my wife Sue on violin. His
> approach to engineering technology was on the spartan side, he had a
> workroom in his house filled up with old computers, all but one running
> DOS, and loaded to the limit with variants of autocad and other design
> software. The exception, of course, is the one that we know him by, but
> have taken on a DOS only internet utility and thrown Windows out if he had
> half a chance. His computer language of choice was assembler, and he had
> huge capabilities, dating right back to the time in the 60s when he made
> reputation at Uni of WA by virtually redesigning and rebuilding many
> elements of the early (but in those days highly advanced) DEC PDP-6
> operating system.
> A sorry event. Vale Rolie.
> Ross Herbert wrote in message
> > X-No-archive:yes
> > It is with sadness that I report the passing of Rolie Baldock at the age
> > of 70 years. Rolie contributed to this and other newsgroups and enjoyed
> > many a joust with other contributors. Sadly, he was diagnosed with
> > mesothelioma in 2001 but he still had the dreams and imagination to
> > carry on with his pet projects despite his serious illness. He was one
> > of the "REAL" PE's and I am really glad to have known and worked with
> > him.
> > Ross Herbert
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