New batch of pdp8 OMNIBUS to USB interface! Please Read and react!

Eric Smith spacewar at
Wed Feb 15 23:40:28 CST 2017

On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 7:22 AM, Tony Duell <ard.p850ug1 at> wrote:

> Over here, the only Teletypes we generally see are Model 33s. Even the
> Model
> 35 is very uncommon,

In my experience, it's the same in the US: the model 33 has always been
MUCH more common than the 35.  Every model 35 I actually saw in service
back in the day was a system console, not for "end users". Presumably it
was desired for the system console to be a heavy-duty and high-reliability
device, and the model 35 was built like a battleship. Actually, even better
than that: it was built like a model 28!

Too bad there wasn't (AFAIK) an upper/lower case version of the 35.  I've
never seen a model 37 or model 38 in person, but it appears that they were
light-duty machines like the 33.

I used the model 33 a huge amount from 1977 to 1979, but from 1979 to 1982
I mostly used the DEC LA36 DECwriter II and various CRT terminals.

and 5 bit stuff almost unheard-of.

In the US, common for hams, not common for computers. Maybe they were
common for computers in the early 1960s.

OK, we do see BRPE
> punches from time to time.

I'd really like to get one of those!

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