Anyone collect Fortune 32/16 systems?

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Wed Dec 23 12:53:40 CST 2015

On 12/23/2015 10:13 AM, Al Kossow wrote:

> Did it use ANSI escape sequences?
> There is another computer collector in the Bay Area who worked on the
>  Fortune Unix port.
> The MAME/MESS folks might be interested in simulating the terminal.
> They like working on things like that. The main CPU would be another
> simulation target if the technical docs ever turn up.

Yes, it was based on the VT100, so could also do VT50 sequences.  There 
was a lot of code added to handle foreign character sets, based on the 
Videotex/NAPLPS standards.

I think I've got the hand-drawn schematics in my file still.

That whole early 80s period in retrospect seems something of a black 
hole for me.  I was dealing with a bucketload of personal issues and so 
took on as much work as possible to get the bills paid.  So I did a fair 
bit of Unix development, sysadmin-ed a VAX 11/750 running BSD and got 
involved in too many short-term project to remember.  Occasionally, I'll 
run across an old disk with code on it that identifies me as the author, 
but I don't recall even doing it--we're not talking a few dozen lines, 
either, but hundreds of lines.

The thing I remember about Fortune the most is that they had dial-in 
USENET access.  The rest is a blur.


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