45 years ago this month Intel revealed the 8086 processor which became x86
technology that formed the backbone of PC technology. The 8-bit era came to
an end about 7 years later. For classic computing a new era began.
On April 3, 1973 the first wireless phone call was made and Moore’s Law has
now led to the smart-phone being ubiquitous to our lives: Computer
technology and cell phone technology marching hand-in-hand.
Happy computing and talking about it!
Does anyone here know if the Beaglebone Black Industrial is he same as the
regular Beaglebone Black? I have a couple of the MFM Emulator boards to
and will need a couple Beaglebones for them.
Does anyone have a list of replacement capacitors to use for NCD X terminals, specifically the 17c and 19? A couple searches online don't turn up anything.
I just got my NCD 17c up and running—I showed a pic or two on discord://classiccmp/#terminals a couple days ago—and now while I hear the HV power up the low voltage power seems kaput and the system never comes on. And my NCD 19 won't power up either.
I can certainly take them apart and make lists, and I will if need be, but I was hoping maybe someone had already done so so I could get an order in ASAP. The power supply for these things is in the display portion, which makes me a bit nervous just generally… :)
Some models (e.g., the 150) supported Multibus. In the early 1980s at Tandem Austin we used one with a SUN graphics board in a Multibus slot to prototype a 68000 workstation we were building (but that never became a product). Al Kossow has lots of information about Wicat in bitsavers. Here’s a brochure for the 150: http://www.bitsavers.org/pdf/wicat/brochures/System_150_Brochure.pdf
Is anyone familiar with WICAT Systems?
I came across their ad in BYTE Nov 1981 (page 84), with a claim of
"first family of microcomputers with mainframe capability"
It is a 68000 based system (like the Lisa?), one configuration offers
400x300 monochrome graphics. Ad also claims 1.5MB main memory and a
multi-user operating system ("UNIX/V7 and a CP/M Emulation also available")
Address mentions Orem, Utah.
Haven't come across a price sheet, but I imagine they were quite expensive
($6000+ would be my guess).
From the images, looks to me the main problem is a lack of an expansion bus
(and overall not a very appealing-looking system).
Was just curious if anyone had witnessed one ever running.