A Solid-State HDD for Symbolics "MacIvory" Lisp Machines.

This post concerns the “MacIvory” Model 3 Lisp Machine. It is of interest strictly to bolixologists.

This is a recipe for a working replacement of an ancient SCSI HDD, such as found in the MacIvory, with an inexpensive solid-state disk.

You will need:

A “SCSI2SD” device. Mine is a model 6, but [...]

Symbolics "MacIvory": PCB Photographs.

This post concerns the “MacIvory” Model 3 Lisp Machine. It is of interest strictly to bolixologists.

Click on a photo to see detailed version.

Machine chassis:

The Ivory NuBus Board Set (i.e. the LispM itself, the Mac Quadra is otherwise ordinary):

“Ivory” NuBus board, component-side:

What’s under the [...]

Uncrating of Symbolics "MacIvory" Machine

At long last, got hold of one of these:

The Serpent Cipher’s Key Schedule Transform is Injective.

This article is a continuation of the previous, and concludes the series.

Let’s try this somewhat different variant of the program, which represents recurring bits of the expansion symbolically (and in a slightly more readable form) [...]

The Serpent Cipher's Key Schedule Equation System, in Graphical Form.

This article is a continuation of the dig into the key schedule of the Serpent cipher.

For clarity, we will omit the routines already given in the previous article.

Let’s visualize the Serpent [...]

Serpent Cipher’s Key Schedule in Algebraic Form: with Reduction.

This article is a continuation of the recent mega-puzzler concerning the experiment.

This variant will reduce the equations. We will omit printing the input matrix, for brevity. And so:

;; Register bitness.
(defconstant +bitness+ 32)
(defun flatten (l)

Terms -8...8 of the Serpent Cipher's Key Schedule in Algebraic Form.

This article is a byproduct of the recent mega-puzzler concerning the Serpent cipher’s key expansion procedure.


;; Register bitness.
(defconstant +bitness+ 32)
(defun make-reg (reg-name bitness)
"Make algebraic representation of a register (bits in descending majority)"
(loop for i from [...]

The Alert Reader.

The following is a conversation I recently had with an alert and inquisitive reader. It has been redacted for brevity; handles/names/irrelevant things have been removed. Some text has been turned into links to relevant material.
Anyone still reading this page for reasons related to its original purpose is encouraged to read this; it may help to [...]

Kalman Reti, the Last Symbolics Developer, Speaks of Lisp Machines.

Boston Lisp Meeting; June 28, 2012.
Update: Here’s a mirror of the film. The Google copy appears to have been censored.

Project JMC

The great inventor John McCarthy (1927 – 2011) now has an official posthumous website: Project JMC.
Don’t miss his fascinating (though little-known) political essays!

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