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Atari 130XE

by billdeg - 11/05/2013
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The Atari 130XE Computer.
Here is a view of the rear ports. Note that a person could still use Atari 400/800 carts on the 130XE model. In many ways the 130XE was the Atari equivalent of the Commodore 128 in that both were backwards compatible and both were primarily used by their owners to run older software originally purchased for an older model system. As with the C-128, there were not as many 130XE-specific software packages was produced.
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Desk Top Computers May 1967

by billdeg - 10/09/2013
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Radio Electronics May 1967
One of the earliest known references to the term "desk top computers" known. The obscured text at the bottom reads: New generation ... What they do . . How they work
Sage 1 calculator computer
The Sage 1, an example of the programmable calculators featured in the article.
"As recently as 15 years ago, according to the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS), there were fewer than 25 computers at work in all of the U.S. That number has grown today to well over 35,000, and the AFIPS predicts that by 1975 there will be more than 85,000-representing an annual investment of $30 billion..." The article defines desk top computers i... [ read more ]

Commodore 64K C-116 Mods

by billdeg - 08/13/2013
Total messages in this thread: 7
Last Post: [ JiffyDOS for 264 Installed ] 10/03/2013
Commodore C-116 Computer
The 1984 Commodore C-116 was the smallest and one of the rarest Commodore computers ever produced commercially.
Commodore C-116 view of original 4116 RAM chips. NOTE: the original 318004-04 Kernal ROM has already been swapped out, pictured is a 3180005-05 NTSC ROM (from a Plus/4). Click for larger view.
Project - Switch PAL C-116 to NTSC and upgrade the RAM to 64K. These two changes will create a mini Plus/4. Together with a uIEC cart for storage and a mini-flatpanel screen from a portable CD player I will have a nice portable Commodore syst... [ read more ]

IRC Chat Info

by billdeg - 10/03/2013
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GeoLink
Photo of my Commodore C-128D with JiffyDOS, various drives and 1084 monitor. This system uses a RR-Net to connect to IRC chat using GeoLink software. Click image for larger view.
geoLink: ...&show=summary Thread date is last update date #C64friends = irc.newnet.net #C64NetGaming = irc.newnet.net #vc = irc.slashnet.org... [ read more ]

Vintage Computer Festival MW 2013

by billdeg - 09/30/2013
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Last Post: [ VCF MW 2013 Video ] 01/01/2014
Leif B's remote-control glove for the Commodore 64 joystick port. Leif (Schema) gave a talk on his new device in the "Deli" room. Click image for larger view.
Commodore VIC-20 Station Wagon
Ms. Emma, a regular at the VCF MW, created a custom VIC-20 she titled the Commodore VIC-20 Station Wagon. Note the display is embedded into the rear-view mirrow. Works perfectly. In addition to the glossy paint job, this computer had an embedded uIEC and other features. Click image for... [ read more ]

MITS Altair Disk 88-DCDD rev 1

by billdeg - 06/03/2010
Total messages in this thread: 5
Last Post: [ Restoration complete ] 09/25/2013
The MITS Altair Disk model 88-DCDD is a single 8" disk drive. Click image for larger view.
I finally found a source to purchase working disks. Now the long journey to making a bootable system begins. In addition to the drive, I have the dual-controller cards labeled MITS Disk BD 1 Rev 0-X3 and MITS DISK#2 REV 0-X2. more pics NEXT: Clean the drive, get a boot loader PROM and install in my turnkey system, which I believe is the best candidate for this drive.... [ read more ]

MITS 88-DCDD Drive Variations

by billdeg - 09/24/2013
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The MITS Altair 88-DCDD single 8" disk drive variations. Both drives have revisions (920030 or 920060) of the same Pertec FD400 8 inch drives. The disk buffer cards vary but most likely these are just revision improvements. Click image for larger view.
Altair 88-DCDD "rev0" Photos Altair 88-DCDD "rev1" Photos... [ read more ]

MITS altair 1977 Brochure

by billdeg - 09/11/2013
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MITS Altair 8800b turnkey system with drives in desk
A scan from the MITS altair 1977 catalog. Pictured here is an early version of what was eventually called the MITS 300/25 after the company was acquired by Pertec. This Altair 8800b turnkey with twin drives, MITS Lear Siegler terminal, and printer was the first complete MITS computer station intended for the small business market. Click image for larger view.
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Ohio Scientific ROM Info

by Bill_3 - 08/21/2013
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OSI had roms for both 6502 and 6800 chips for the 400 cpu card. 65A is 6502 serial monitor rom. 65F3 is 6502 floppy disk/hard disk support rom. The assembly listing for the 65F3 is in PEEK Volume 5 Number 1 It also gives the descriptions of the various OSI roms. The OSI small systems journal volume 2 number 2 page 6 also gives some rom application data. ... [ read more ]

CBM B128-80 Serial Bus

by billdeg - 04/15/2013
Total messages in this thread: 3
Last Post: [ Fast Bus Update ] 08/12/2013
CBM B128-80 with Fast Bus cartridge
CBM B128-80 with Fast Bus installed to allow a person to switch from a serial-type disk driveand an IEEE drive. In this case I am switching between a CBM 8050 IEEE-type drive, and a VIC 1541 serial drive (on top of the monitor). Click for larger view.
A closeup of the two required components of a Commodore B Series "Fast Bus" system. On top of the B-128 is the Serial Bus Interface converter box. This is the device that switches betweem serial and IEEE drives. A RAM expansion cart... [ read more ]

CBM B Series Demo Video

by billdeg - 08/11/2013
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Anderson Engineering Fast Bus system with Mike N's 24K RAM cart.
Youtube video demonstrating the B 128 computer and use of the Fast Bus to access both IEEE and serial drives. Also a quick SID chip demo. http://youtu.be/jBeFXDWbw8A... [ read more ]

TRS 80 Model II - restoration project

by billdeg - 10/05/2008
Total messages in this thread: 8
Last Post: [ TRS 80 Model II Update ] 08/07/2013
I had not used my model II for three years, and with this thread in mind I set up the old beast for a routine test. I try not to let any working system go too long before I re-run for a few hours to refresh the electronics. Anyway...I must have waited too long, she does not boot any more. The system powers up,but will not attempt to read the disk drive and there's nothing sent to the CRT. So far I have done little other than open the system and quickly inspect it. The CRT tube fires up (strong glow), so I assume that the issue lies with one of the four system cards (there is no motherboard). I have not done any further testing. If I have an update I'll post it.... [ read more ]

MARCH Workshop Photos Summer 2013

by billdeg - 08/05/2013
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Photos of the Mark 8 Minicomputer card edges. Click for larger view
Mark 8 testing video: http://www.youtu...h?v=yv3ZmvKFGLI href="/pictures/2013/SummerMARCH/OSI_Challenger-II.jpg">
Ohio Scientific Challenger II set up. Click for larger view
This was another fun event. Not so much a workshop as a working get-together event. Evan brought a truckload of vintage computers and items for sale, which kept us distracted for three or four hours inspecting and buying items whose proceeds went to the widow of the original collector. Included for sale was two or so dozen... [ read more ]

Texas Instruments 99/4a with PHP1200

by billdeg - 08/05/2013
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The Texas Instruments TI 99/4a computer. This system is attached to a Magnavox Professional display.
TI 99/4a with Peripheral Expansion System and GE Display
A nicely provisioned TI 99/4a with Peripheral Expansion System (model PHP 1200). The PHP1200 could accept a number controller cards including a disk controller, RAM, serial and parallel ports, etc. The system pictured above is configured with three drives, serial card for modem communications, and an extra 32K RAM. An insulated cable connects the back of the PHP1200 to a side cart part connector. Click image for larger view.
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PDP 8 Focal

by billdeg - 07/14/2013
Total messages in this thread: 2
Last Post: [ Focal Lunar Lander ] 07/15/2013
Digital Equipment Corporation came up with FOCAL to help teach programming. It's different than BASIC and the structure of the coding is different. Below is a dump of a PDP 8 session I ran to illustrate some code examples in FOCAL. The commands are in bold, to differentiate from the screen output. The program samples do not all work correctly. It will now be easier to edit and diagnose using a modern PC. ----------------------- FIELD SERVICE PDP-8 DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM . . . VERSION 8.03 OS/8 V3D DECX8 REV. D RESTART ADDRESS =07600 TYPE C TO ABORT THIS PRINTOUT TYPE: .R PROGNAME - TO RUN A SYSTEM PROGRAM .R PROGNAME.DG - TO RUN A DIAGNOSTIC PROGRAM .HELP FILENAME - TO TYPE A HELP FILE ON THE TERMINAL .HELP FILENAME - L - TO LIST A HELP FILE ON THE LINE PRINTER .SU BOOK - TO PRINT A COPY OF THE DIAG. HELP FILES "FILENAME" / "PROGNAME"... [ read more ]
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