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NextStation Color

by billdeg - 09/22/2016
Total messages in this thread: 5
Last Post: [ More NeXt How-to Notes ] 06/19/2017
NextStation Color System
The NextStation Color. Photo shows system while loading NextStep. Click image for larger view.
NextStation Color City
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 ]

Commodore CBM 8096

by billdeg - 06/14/2017
Total messages in this thread: 1
Commodore CBM 8096 PET
The Commodore CBM 8096 is quite rare, an 8032 with a factory-installed 64K RAM expansion. Only the factory-installed 8000's have the special front plate. Click for larger view.
Commodore CBM 8096 PET
Here is a full view of the CBM 8096 running a test program. I recently purchased this computer from a local thrift shop. Click for larger view.
Commodore CBM 8096 PET
The RAM expansion was installed above the... [ read more ]

WiFi232 Modem

by billdeg - 06/01/2017
Total messages in this thread: 2
Last Post: [ AT&T 6300 Takes a Turn ] 06/12/2017
WIFI232 Modem attached to DEC Rainbow Comm Port.
Pictured is a new product called the WIFI232 Modem, by Paul Rickards. The modem is attached to the Comm port of a DEC Rainbow while in terminal mode. Enter AT modem commands to simulate modem communications via telnet. You can "dial up" telnet BBS's with this device by entering the domain after the ATDT command. Click image for larger view.
DEC Rainbow telnet session
DEC Rainbow telnet session is initiated by using AT modem commands to "dial" telnet BBS' such as Area 29, pictured abo... [ read more ]

Soltoff IBM 5150 with AST HotShot/286

by billdeg - 06/11/2017
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AST HotShot/286 upgrade board. To install one would remove the 8088 chip from the motherboard and replace with the small controller card with embedded 8088 installed. From this card a cable runs to the HotShot/286 board, with i286 processor. The negative to this arrangement is that the 286 processor is on the ISA bus. Click image to see files.in this set
Many years ago LDOS creator Roy Soltoff gave me an IBM PC model 5150-B. Both hard drives were marginal and eventually went completely dead. Roy's computer contained an AST HotShot/286 card so I thought it was worth backing up his files and putting in a new hard drive. The drives were too far gone, but I was able to use the Seagate ST11R drive contro... [ read more ]

Core Memory

by billdeg - 06/01/2017
Total messages in this thread: 2
Last Post: [ Early 1024 Rectangular Sense Core ] 06/07/2017
Core Memory rectangular enclosure
Hand-threaded rectangular core memory enclosure after cleaning and straightening wirewrap pins. Imagine you're looking at the edges of a set of cores stacked on top of each other within this enclosure. The backplane of wires you see is the "loop around" side of each core plane wire. The outside of the frame. Click image for larger view.
Core Memory rectangular enclosure
This false-color closeup shows how the pins used to hold the wirewrap in place have been bent. Note actual memory magnets are inside... [ read more ]

Commodore WordPro 4 Plus

by billdeg - 06/04/2017
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Commodore 8032 PET WordPro 4 Plus Software
The WordPro 4 Plus cover is a lot more interesting than the manual. Click for larger view.
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Computer Encounters (of the 011rd Kind)

by billdeg - 06/02/2017
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Interesting trade show promo pin. Presumably "Computer Encounters" is a reference to the 1977 movie Close Encounters of a Third Kind. I could imagine a sales rep traveling from San Antonio to the 1977-78 Trenton Computer Festival and/or PC '77 (Atlantic City) or '78 (Phila) convention with a small box of these pins. The chip itself appears to have been cut, the die is off center. Click for larger view.
The rear of the hand-cut pin, just two pieces of cardboard and a styrofoam pad in the center to hold the chip. I still need to check to see if... [ read more ]

Quote from ZOSO, CPMUG 21 Archives

by billdeg - 05/30/2017
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From CPMUG 21: BITCH, BITCH, BITCH !!! SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST INCAPABLE OF BEING CONTENT. NO SOONER THAN I HAD FINISHED MY REPLY TO ALL OF THE TTY PEOPLE (VOLUME 13.21), TONY INFORMED ME THAT SOME VDM OWNERS HAD TROUBLE READING MY 80 CHARACTER LINES ON THEIR QUAINT I/O DEVICES. I WILL NOT ACCOMODATE YOU, AND HERE'S WHY: I PAID GOOD BUCKS FOR THE TOOLS I USE, AND I CHOOSE TO USE THEM. FRANKLY, I CAN'T FATHOM WHY ANYONE WOULD ADMIT TO OWNING ONE OF THOSE THINGS AT ALL. I'VE SEEN WHAT YOU GUYS ARE UP TO: THOSE HORRID, NARROW LITTLE PROGRAMS WRITTEN IN PROCESSOR TECHNOLOGY'S 5K BASIC (YOU KNOW THE ONES WITH A LINE FOR EVERY SINGLE LITTLE THING - 15 DECWRITER PAGES JUST TO PRINT YOUR VERSION OF WUMPUS [ABOUT WHICH I SHALL BE HEARD FROM LATER]). YOU GUYS HAVE EXPOSED YOURSELVES TO CAT- ARACTS AND MYOPIA BY LOOKING AT YOUR VDM'ED TVS. LEAVE ME OUT OF IT !!! THE COMPANY WHO SUPPLIED... [ read more ]

Digital Rainbow (PC100-B2)

by billdeg - 04/20/2017
Total messages in this thread: 7
Last Post: [ VENIX Install Complete ] 05/27/2017
DEC Rainbow PC100-B2 with VR241
This is the Rainbow PC100-B2 I restored from three systems' parts. I used the VR241 display from the previous dead Rainbow PC100-B2's I had been working on and now I finally have a system that works. Click image for larger view.
DEC Rainbow base model with VR201
This will not do....these VR201's are hard to find without screen rot. Click image for larger view.
I got this message from I Primus who suggested ways to deal with the VR201: "..The cable to the VR201 is very, very simp... [ read more ]

Digital DEC 3000/500

by billdeg - 05/15/2017
Total messages in this thread: 2
Last Post: [ Initial Testing ] 05/27/2017
DEC 3000/500 with front and top cover removed.
DEC 3000/500 with front and top cover removed. Click image for more photos
Amazingly I have the cables, I will need to borrow a SGI or similar display as the VR241 I attempted was not able to synch with the display controller. I even have an old dirty mouse that should work with it.... [ read more ]

IBM System/3 Diagnostic Module 3348

by billdeg - 05/15/2017
Total messages in this thread: 1
IBM System/3 Diagnostic Module model 5415 with diagnostic programs 825068 and 825032. Please send System/3 to test.
More photos... [ read more ]

circa 1982/3 Systems Group System 2900

by billdeg - 05/15/2017
Total messages in this thread: 1
Systems Group System 2900 S-100 Computer
Pictured is a circa 1982/3 Systems Group System 2900 Business class S-100 computer system. Click image for larger view
Systems Group System 2900 S-100 Computer card cage
View of the burnt components on the DMB 6400 controller card. Click image for view of entire card cage.
This system burned out some caps near the voltage regulators of a card labeled DMB 6400. Otherwise the system seems ok enough to attempt a restore. I have zero info on this machine, b... [ read more ]

Computer Graphics 101

by billdeg - 05/15/2017
Total messages in this thread: 1
Found this taped to the side of a VT-220 terminal. Click for larger view.
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DEC VX40 Multia

by billdeg - 05/14/2017
Total messages in this thread: 1
Digital VX40 Multia
This tiny (~10 inches wide) DEC VX40 Multia stared out as a VX40B and was field upgraded to a VX40L-F2 . Click image to see files
Digital VX40 boot screen
Boots up like a typical Alpha from the mid 90's. This system has VMUNIX installed but I have not yet cracked it to get access. Click image to see larger view.
See boot screen succession snapshots. If you the reader have experience with this hardware or have any comments please contact me. More to come.... [ read more ]

Front Panels! (... but no computer)

by billdeg - 05/12/2017
Total messages in this thread: 1
Varian Data Machines 620/L front panel
The Varian Data Machines 620/L Front Panel, circa 1970. Click image for larger view.
Burroughs B1700 front panel
Here is a early 1970's Burroughs B1700 Front Panel. Click image for larger view.
Unidentified DEC UNIBUS MASP panel.
Unidentified DEC UNIBUS MASP panel Click image for larger view.
The following are not computer fron... [ read more ]
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