posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 03:08 AM
I think a good way to go now in this thread is to really scrutinize the IBM computer story and see what trickles back and possibly jives with some of
the information that has just come out about Marlin. We know he is a software pro. You need to be one to understand the IBM system, and why it was so
important, The technical info in Titer's scenario on that machine is that good. It is extremely accurate in what that machine was, and what it could
be used for.
I know this emulation technology fairly well. I worked for DEC for years, and my group developed some great pseudo-languages that were targeted for
specific hardware. The source code for these interpreter languages were written in assembler for the target hardware, some of it prototype that never
made it into production. This is where a useful interpreter language can just die, because it has no target machine for the assembler code to run on
any more. If there is no run-time to support the code, you just cannot program in it anymore, further, anything written in that interpreter can not
execute in any other hardware, unless you totally re-write the package for a new target hardware. If you do not have the source code to the original
interpeter/target pair, then it is a virtual nightmare of reverse engineering, sometimes almost impossible.
This is why the IBM story has great legs. It is a real scenario, and takes a computer pro to realize just how valid it really is. Is Marlin capable
of this knowledge? I think perhaps so. What are the timelines where Titor mentioned the IBM story .vs. What was Marlin working on at the time? Is
there a way to looking Marlin's work history and find a place where he would have been exposed to software engineering of this caliber? Fun Stuff!