Here's a picture from 1966 of an IBM computer at the IBM computing center on
Manhattan (New York City, New York USA). The text for the photo says that
the computer is being used to make a payroll calculation.
Visible are 4 big-fridge-sized reel-reel tape devices, the console with
operator seated at it, and some other things in the background.
What's the computer model? Does anybody know who this guy (operator)
Just a neat photo.
It's about a 150k jpg file at this url:
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I saw one of these yesterday. It looks like a monitor with floppy
drive in the bottom, at the back was a plug for the power and another
labelled video. I could not see anyplace for a keyboard to be
Does anyone know anything about this machine?
Collector of Vintage Computers (www.ncf.ca/~ba600)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tothwolf [mailto:email@example.com]
> On Wed, 26 Dec 2001, Christopher Smith wrote:
> > Well, on one hand, yes, but on the other hand, I like my
> Indigo 2 Elan with
> > no texture memory just fine. I'm also considering trying
> I didn't know you had another SGI box ;)
> A couple people I've known who ended up with old SGI gear thought they
> were going to create some kind of fancy animations with this kind of
> hardware, so I never know what to think now.
Depends on what you mean by "fancy animations." It will probably do better
out of the box than most new peesees depending on what you'd like to
animate. (and whether it requires texture memory, of course) Both of my
SGIs, for instance, have analog video in/out, which is a start. On the
other hand, you can't really do a good animation with anything "out of the
box." It usually takes a lot of strange stuff.
The graphical prowess of the machines is still something, though. For
instance, the ability of the machine to provide individual color-maps for
different windows on the screen, without the nasty palette-flashing that's
seen in xfree86 on an intel box (for example) when you try the same...
> Sounds like you at least have an original VGX chassis then.
> It is possible
> someone upgraded some of the boards, but the only way you'll
> be able to
> tell is to pull them and cross reference the part numbers.
I'm thinking about doing that. The label on top of the chassis actually
says "4D/440 VGX" or something to that effect.
Christopher Smith, Perl Developer
Amdocs - Champaign, IL
/usr/bin/perl -e '
print((~"\x95\xc4\xe3"^"Just Another Perl Hacker.")."\x08!\n");
I'm going to claim this is on topic since it's for my
SPARCStation2 which is 10 years old.
To make a (semi-)long story short, I've come to the
conclusion that I need a SCSI1 to SCSI3 adapter with
high byte termination to connect a wide IBM SCSI drive
to the narrow SCSI controller in my SS2. The only
IDC50M to MD68M adapter I've found doesn't have the
termination. There's a nice little adapter out there
but it's got female connectors on both ends. I could
try to assemble something with gender changers, but
I'm afraid I'd end up spending more than I did on
the drive for a Frankenstien that I'm not even sure
So my question is, does anyone know where to find an
adapter with male connectors? Or, for that matter,
has anyone dealt with this sort of thing and have
a better suggestion?
Thanks in advance,
Brian L. Stuart
Interesting one here...
While composing a reply in Outlook 2001 (on a Mac OSX 10.1.2), I wrote
'PayPal'. Since I have the program check spelling before sending :-) it came
up and thought I meant to write 'payola' instead of PayPal. Think M$ is
trying to say something?
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The Macintosh can archive Apple II 3.5" disk with Disk Copy, but I prefer
to use an Apple II native archiving format for all my Apple II disks.
I use ShrinkIt v3.4 to create both 5.25" and 3.5" Apple II compressed disk
images, and transfer the files over a serial link to a PC. There they can
be recorded onto an ISO 9660 CD-ROM. The files can be transferred back to
an Apple II and converted to a real disk again. I have transferred over
25MB of Apple II disk images this way.
On the PC the ShrinkIt files can be manipulated with Nulib and Mapper to
create .DSK images to use with emulators.
Paul R. Santa-Maria
Monroe, Michigan USA
I need an RM03, preferrably within sane driving distance of Peoria, IL.
Having a KS10 as a paperweight is absolutely no fun. I can trade PDP-11
stuff for one, I have all sorts of 11 kit that I'd be more than willing
to trade for KS10 stuff.
Also, if anyone has the 120V-AC plug that goes in a TM02, I am short one
of those as well - I have the 220 volt version (but the rest of the drive
is all 120 volt parts; Odd!)
Basically, I'm sick of using the KS10 as just emulation validation and I want
to get it running. ^_^
On January 28, Doc wrote:
> > Yup, that's it! Anyone claimed it yet? I'd like it for my RT.
> > I think, therefore I am dangerous
> Well, I fired off an email asking for it Saturday, and haven't heard
> back. So, I hope *I* got first dibs....
Me too. We could all meet somewhere and fight for it. :)
-Dave, grunt grunt
St. Petersburg, FL "Less talk. More synthohol." --Lt. Worf
Okay, in order to pose this question I have to come clean here and admit my
Right around 1960 or '61 (I was five or six years old at the time) I was
given a toy computer. I suppose it was meant to represent a mainframe
(what else could it have been, given the era?) and there was a rectangular
(4 x 8? 5 X 7?) array of blinkenlights on the front of it. There was also
a tray in the front which accepted a small punched card. A set of these
cards came with the toy. Each card had a multiple-choice question printed
on it, as well as four answers to choose from, numbered A through D.
Additional card sets could be purchased separately.
When a card was placed into the tray and the tray was then closed, the
blinkenlights would display a "random" pattern for a couple of seconds
(always the same pattern) and then the array would display the correct
answer to the printed question, A B C or D. It didn't take long for me to
be able to read the holes in the cards, and I even "modified" a couple of
them so that the toy displayed an incorrect answer.
Does *anyone* remember this thing? It must have cost a few bucks back
then. What was it called?
> * I also picked up an HP-IB looking cable with a Commodore
> logo on it. If I remember correctly, these were used to connect
> peripherals to some old Commodore systems (I don't really follow
> them). It looks like it is totally unused in original bag. If anyone
> wants it, let me know. I pretty much grabbed it with the express
> purpose of offering it to the list, as old micros aren't really my
> thing. It's free as well for the price of shipping, I guess.
Well, a very kind soul has informed me that this cable is a quasi
rare item used to connect peripherals to Commodore PET systems, and
apparently that they are worth a bit of money ($50-80).
So, before I just end up giving this thing away to the person
lucky enough to nail me on a "first come, first serve" basis, does
anyone have any ideas on how to make this part available to anyone
who may be interested in it in an at least marginally equitable
fashion (if multiple people are interested)?
If nobody's interested, then I'll just hang onto the thing -- I'm
sure somebody might run into the need for one sometime in the
future. Otherwise, if you want it, just shoot me an e-mail and let
me know -- i'll wait a little while and see how many people are
interested, and we can go from there...
I don't mean to offend anyone by kind of retracting my original
offer -- I just want to give everyone who may be interested in
the part an equal chance at grabbing it irrespective of "luck of
getting to me first". I'm still not looking for a fortune here --
if anyone wants to cover my costs on the cable (I paid $5), that
would be cool, if not, and you're the only person interested,
well, I still wouldn't be adverse to just handing the thing
Sean Caron http://www.diablonet.net