Photo of a Honeywell u-COMP DDP-516 control console. The orange color scheme was used in the 1966~68 u-COMP models, see early advertisements. Many people know of the "kitchen computer", the 516 is the same thing, same instruction set as the DDP-316 (H316). If the 316 is the Kitchen Computer, the 516 is the "business" model. This console would sit on the operator's desk, or on top of the computer cabinet, which stood about 4 feet tall (need to check that). The operator would use the console buttons and switches as one would use a front panel. There is also a blue cover version of this consol...[ read more ]
The NextStation Color. Photo shows system while loading NextStep. Click image for larger view.
Pictured Next's Sound Box, an I/O port station. A separate box is necessary because the color workstation display does not have internal speakers like the monochrome display. The NS Color I/O cable attaches to the back of the computer on one end and on the other end the cable is s...[ read more ]
The Winnebego Handheld Programmable Code Scanner circa. 1998. Click image for larger view.
The Winnebego Handheld scanners were among the many other peripherals advertised in the back pages of mid-90's Byte and PC magazines.
I was reading the Sept 1995 Byte and I noticed a competitor's ad did not have an Internet address1. Turns out that very few Byte advertisers encourage their customers to "check out our web site" in September 1995, business had not yet adopted web pages.
I left Zeneca and started my web design company on October 9th 1995. It seemed at the time like there was a huge market for this thing called the web, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity fo...[ read more ]
Pictured here is a 1988 (?) Digital MicroVAX 3100 with Storage Expansion boxes. The model number of the 3100 is DV-31BT4-A-A01 which I believe makes it a 3100 model 30. The storage expansion boxes are basically external SCSI hard drives. Their model numbers are DV-31BT4-A-A01(middle) and SZ123-XA (bottom). Click image for larger view.
So far I have not done much other than boot the system from the console and run a SHOW DEV command to see what the VMS/VMB assignments are. The system is runnin...[ read more ]
Photo of an interesting interface for a card punch from late 60's early 1970's. These devices were sold by a company called RealTronics. Click image for more photos.
Cover removed. Note the large two-character Nixie tube display. Click image for more photos.
This control unit appears to be a current loop device, similar to a teletype. The RealTronics system consisted of a PDP 8i with third party hardware. I assume "Real" pertains to RealEstate, but I could only guess.
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Three SGI O2 workstation computers. Note the variation in the labels. The left-most unit is driving the display image, Doom for SGI within the IRIX 6.5 operating system. Click image for more photos of this system.
The SGI Octane is often referred to as the O2's big brother. It has the same rounded footprint, but it's about 40% larger and more powerful. This system boots, but I am missing a hard drive sled. Click image for more photos of this system.
The 1975 RCA COSMAC Microkit. This is the first commercial microcomputer from RCA to contain the two-chip COSMAC microprocessor (TC 1084 / TC 1085 version). The processor was developed in New Jersey, but the kit itself came out of the RCA Palm Beach Division. Click image for larger view.
Note the TC 1085 chip on the processor card, which is the earlier name for the CDP 1801 and has a silk screen date of late 1974. Click image for larger view.
The UNIVAC 1532 is probably from 1965-66 and was part of a UNIVAC 1219 (II) system. The 1532 has a Teletype model 35 on top, with a hood a control panel, and below a tape punch and reader unit below in a drawer. The whole thing is quite rugged. The 1532 configuration would have been installed on a US Naval ship where space was at a premium and rough seas were inevitable. Note the 1 inch 8-bit tape in the back of the drawer. Click for larger image.