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Post Vintage Computing

by billdeg
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A collection of computers from 1987 through 1995. Click image for more photos as they become available.
The vintage computing GUI era is well represented in this photo from the new Kennett Classic post-vintage gallery on display.">... [ read more ]

Recovering 1969 Honeywell Paper tapes

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Updated: [ Tapes Archived ] 09/14/2020
Lunar Landing Papertape
Mysterious papertape with hand-printed text that reads "Start 1000 tty RUN -> 90" Click image for larger view.
This thread details the technical aspects of the data recovery itself, if you want to learn the background story, visit https://www.kennettclass...m-lunar-mission/ The short story is we received an ASCII papterape proported to have had been created containing a "data dump" from the 1969 American Apollo lunar landing. Teh tape was generated using a Honeywell DDP-516 minicomputer located at a NASA facility in White Sands, New Mexico. Apparently an operator made a personal backup of the lunar landing data (?) ... [ read more ]

Items Wanted

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This list is maintained regularly. Thread date is last update. Contact me Here. M7261 KD11-B CPU board 1 CONTROL LOGIC & MICROPROGRAMMED MODULE (PDP 11/05 or 11/10) VT-278 (DECMATE) RX278 Floppy Drive Interface Connector cable, part number is RC26N-2L. Findex portable computer (any model) PCS Micropac 80, Superpac 180 and related DATAC 1000 6502 trainer DVW Microelectronics Husky GO Tablet Model G400 power supply or battery (24V ). Commodore B Series hi-profile keyboard(s) Computer Data Systems "Versatile 2" s-100 computer 1977 (Newark, Delaware USA computer) Casio FX-9000P Canon CX-1 or BX-3 Acorn BBC Model A Eagle Computer Eagle II E (I have disks, need computer) Sord SM80X Oki 1F COM7 laptop Morrow Decision 1 Microvoice Nugen Sycor Model 302 Key-Cassette Terminal California Technology Internationa">... [ read more ]

Intel 4040 IM 1010 PROM Programmer

by billdeg
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The International Microsystems (IMI) IM 1010 PROM Programmer has an Intel 4040 microprocessor. Pictured is the programmer with the 2708 / 2716 pod option inserted. These pods can be removed and replaced as needed. The system has both Burroughs Panaplex display and serial output, one can switch between them. Click image for larger view.
I have a lot of notes and the schematics. The programmer was donated in a non-working state but I am hoping we can get it rolling again. This programmer has pods that can handle 2708, 2716, 2716-1V, 2732, 2758, 2532. I am unfamiliar with TIGEN 1 and IM ROSI, but these labels appear as options (ROSI RAM/EMULATE/PROM).">... [ read more ]

1971 DCC-116 model /17 (Nova 1200 clone)

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Digital Computer Controls model DCC-116 /17
The Digital Computer Controls model DCC-116 /17. The /17 represents the full-height model. The half-height model was /10. Click image for larger view.
More photos Next - clean everything and then condition the power supplies.">... [ read more ]

Archiving Papertapes Using DSI NC 2400

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DCI NC 2400 papertape reader and punch
DSI NC 2400 papertape reader and punch. Click image for larger view.
DCI NC 2400 papertape reader and punch front panel lights
DSI NC 2400 papertape reader and punch. Front panel settings/lights:High, REM/CTL, FULL, LINE - On.(Note PU NCH also on) Click image for larger view.
RealTerm with Windows 10. I have a Trip Lite USB to serial portal on COM5.  The cable I had been using was the cause of my issues. I could send CTRL+Q to initiate a tape read but inbound the data was not coming through (why is prob discernible but not my concern at the moment).  Using a null modem adapter with serial connectio">... [ read more ]

Catweasel, 8in and 5 1/4

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Updated: [ Tandon TM-848 Repair ] 07/16/2020
I have tried flipping things around and I have found that I can't get the following combination running together. Tandon TM 848-02 8" Qumetrak 142 5 1/4" Catweasel MK4 Plus Cable from PC -->Catweasel-->cable to drives. I have a DBIT adapter for the 8". The twist end of the cable is installed on the intended A drive. BIOS matches drive types (A=5 1/4 360k and B= 5 1/4 1.2m). The terminator is in the B drive. The Qume passes tests and reads disks. Although the Tandon is recognized as the B drive, it always returns a "drive not ready" error in DOS or a "no interrupt from FDC" from the catweasel. Only when I detatch the drive cable from the back of the Qume and run it alone will the Tandon 848-02 pass tests and read disks. Why can't these play together? So I was wondering before I go away to Easter dinner ...Is the READY signal from the Tandon not "strong enough" when anothe">... [ read more ]

1970 Compusad Compulogical Tutor

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Users guide for the Compulogical Tutor, image courtesy Smithsonian Institute Archives. Click image for larger view.
The 1970 Compusad Compulogical Tutor. Click image for larger view.
Advertisement from Radio Electronics June 1970. Click image for larger view.
NEXT: I have been in contact with the Smithsonian to get a copy of the manual, but until then I plan to do my best to set up some sort of demo program for Kennett Classic exhibit.">... [ read more ]

1979 (/80) CTI MR 2000 Z80 PDA

by billdeg
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The California Technology International MR 2000 was powered by a Z80 CPU and in theory could have been "upgraded" to run BASIC if the manufacturer wanted to do this, but alas true laptops were still a few years away. The MR 2000 came out in 1979 or 1980. Click image for larger view.
The first PDAs came out in the late 1970's, most of which were calculators with memory and simple notes, calendar, address book type functions. CTI took this concept in a different direction with its PDA's. Their concept was born in the MR 2000, which looks like the early laptop computers of the same footprint that came out a year or two later. On the continuum of portable devices the MR 2000 fits perfectly into the flow of developments of the times. VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/">... [ read more ]

ComputerMania 1977

by billdeg
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The program cover from Kilobaud Magazine's August 1977 computer convention, "COMPUTERMANIA"
According to the author of the program, the first public demonstration of the Tandy Radio Shack TRS 80 Model 1 was at this convention. 7-8PM on Thursday August 25th. Commodore, IMSAI, North Star, DEC, IBM, Motorola, OSI, and many others had booths at this convention. Apple and MITS were not there notably. View PDF (requires guest registration. Sort by Name or Date to locate).">... [ read more ]

Moving Big Iron to Kennett Classic

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Under cover of darkness, father and son preparing to unload a DEC Alpha 2100 4/275, DEC Vax 4000-705a and and a Tektronix 4016 terminal to their new home at Kennett Classic. Click image for larger view.
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1958 UNIVAC File Computer Model 1

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The massive storage needs of the UNIVAC File Computer was handled by its cutting edge (for 1958) drum memory system. Pictured is a drum memory control module from the Model 1. Click image for larger view.
Photo of manuals from the Model 1. Click image for larger view.
You can visit these items on display at Kennett Classic. I am told these computers were most often used by Airline reservation systems, but this set of manuals originated from the Engineering Department of DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware. Before the advent of the modern movable hard drive seek head, hard drives resembl">... [ read more ]

Computer People for Peace

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Click for larger image.
Archive (incomplete) mirror of an interesting collection of newsetters for a social activist group active in the late 60's early 70's and based in Brooklyn, NY. archive">... [ read more ]

SOl-20 909090 pattern fix

by billdeg
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Sol-20 2012 RAM
intel 2102 RAM chips installed on the SOL-20 motherboard. Note some read equiv name AM91L02. I tested and swapped out two of these to resolve the 909090 pattern error displayed on the screen. Click to view larger view.
The last time I used my SOL-20 it was fine, other than the keyboard. I set up my SOL-20 this weekend to see how it would work with the OAE OP-80A papertape reader. I never got that far as when I fired up the machine I was greeted with a screen full of 909090 rather than a SOLOS prompt. I took a look at the troubleshooting section of the Processor Technologies Sol Systems Manual, page 250. It suggested which TTL chips to test, but I had already checked and ruled out those, so I next tested t">... [ read more ]

Collosus 1980

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The cover of American Cinematographer April 1969. Ever seen the movie Colossus 1980?
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