>From: "Randy McLaughlin" <cctalk at randy482.com>
>I've never considered "Don's archive" as personal property. Don always
>listed it as the DynaSig archive and it was made up of public contributions.
It isn't a legal question, it is a physical question.
She has the archives and may do anything she wishes.
Not much one can do.
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> Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 14:26:09 -0700 (PDT)
> From: LOIS PETERSON <deadeyed2 at yahoo.com>
> Subject: OFFER: DEC printer model LQP02 Waltham
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There are some aspects of your post which bother me. In particular:
"Her manner with me was unsupportable; I made an agreement which kept her
free from annoyance, and she will not honor her part."
There was a "request", but not really an "agreement"; and she owes no one
anything, nor do we have any right to expect any consideration from her.
In approaching her, I think that the view that must be taken has to be based
1. This was Don's legacy
2. This was what Don would have wanted
I think that any other approach is likely to come off as self-serving, and
is unlikely to produce any positive outcome.
I also think that "deluging her with requests" is likely to "piss her off",
and risk creating a situation in which she says, ultimately, "I called a
trash collector and had it all hauled away so that none of you would have
any further reason to contact me about this".
I don't feel that there is any way of getting through to her other than by a
close personal friend. I don't think that anyone who she doesn't know
personally is likely to be able to induce her to take any action whatsoever.
I have an I-Bus "Shark" model PICMG processor board. This board
takes a Pentium 90 or 100MHz processor, has 4 SIMM slots, and has IDE
and floppy controller on the card. May or may not be ten years old, and
is definitely not unique enough to be on-topic.
However, I also noticed something in the BIOS I've *never* seen on an
x86 system, including the rest of my PICMG processors. This board
supports four floppy drives, 360K 5.25" to 2.88MB 3.5".
My question is, does anyone know of any other post-286 PeeCee systems
that support 4 drives without a CompatiCard or CatWeasel?
 PICMG is almost unknown in the desktop world, but it's a backplane
setup used in industrial and telco environments. As far as I know, it's
eBay find, not the seller or anything:
listed at $20 for pickup only in Chicago area.
I'd recommend you ask him for the PC Pertec controller and cables which
he should have if it was used on a win95 pc.
I emailed him and confirmed that it does not have the scsi interface
option. I'd sure like one if someone has one. ;-) CSC100 is the part
number. Again, he does *not* have one on this drive.
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I have the following issues of BYTE Magazine available:
In addition, I have a number of special issues like the IBM special
I have no idea what if anything these are worth. Mostly, I'm just
trying to avoid throwing them in the trash. Of course, I'd love to
trade them for interesting stuff. What would I like? I'm mostly
interested in a working SBC6120 system (front panel not necessary).
Another thing I've been looking for is a copy of the Bliss-32 reference
manual. I used Bliss when I worked for DEC and liked some aspects of it
but haven't been able to find a manual.
They are located in southern New Hampshire.
>From: "SP" <spedraja at ono.com>
>Hello. I own one Olivetti M-20 that I'm cleaning and checking. All appears
>to go well but the diskette with the PCOS system is damaged. Someone dispose
>of one operative copy of PCOS or another OS for this machine ? I would be
>agreed for the eternity (uh... perhaps less time, but a lot sure).
What type of disk drives does it have? We have the ability
to create disk for the 320K drive but haven't had enough
experience to do this for the 640K disk.
If you have an AT level PC with a 360K drive, you may
be able to create the boot disk your self. The PC does
need to have a controller that writes FM format. Many
of the newer PC didn't support FM since most PC's
were only using MFM 360K or newer.
The first track on the 340K disk is done in FM ( single
density ) while all the rest are done in MFM ( double
Most M20's were shipped with memory cards that had
16K DRAMs. The motherboards usually had 128K of 64K
chips. With the three memory cards, at 32K each, the
normal configuration would be 224K. To run the CPM8000,
you'd need to have a minimum of 256K. This would require
having a memory card with 64K chips. I've modified
my memory cards to use the 64K chips. To bring up
CP/M-8000. Still, to make CP/M-8000 disks still requires
writing the first track with FM data.
PCOS runs fine on the 224K unless you want to run
some of the developement tools like PASCAL that
requires 384K as a minimum. Their BASIC runs fine in
the 224K machines.
There you'll find some images for PCOS and tools to create
disks. You can try the tool wrm20.com, that I wrote.
If the controller you have is compatable with FM, you
should be able to create the boot disk. I'm also
told that the images are compatable with tools like
22disk but I've not confirmed this.
For the CP/M-8000 stuff.
Worst case, I can send a floppy to you in the snail-mail.
Anyway, let me know what kind of machine you have,
like B&W or color, disk drives and RAM?
to name a few: Mindset PC, HP Vectra (8086 or 286),
Televideo Personal-Mini and PM/286, Canon AS-100 and
AS-200, Xerox 8/16, NEC APC, Victor 9000, etc. I
concentrate on the semi-compatibles. Also looking for
SOFTWARE, IBM compatible and semi-compatible versions
alike. I have been looking for an early version of
Microsoft Fortran for as long as I can remember.
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>From: "Vintage Computer Festival" <vcf at siconic.com>
>On Fri, 27 May 2005, tom ponsford wrote:
>> >Urg! Thanks for the voltage specs but what about polarity? ;)
>> Well looking high and low over the adapter. I could not find ANY
>> markings that would show the tip polarity. it might be on the jack inlet
>> on the computer itself, which I don't have in front of me. For some
>> reason I always though the tip polarity was on the inlet itself or was
>> indicated by the color of the tip (or was that the size indicator?) .
>Didn't see any markings on the computer itself.
>> It's too late and past my bedtime for me to give cognizant answers :-)
>Can you just put a voltmeter to it in the morning and let me know?
Finding the polarity is usually easy. Most setups
connect the ground directly to the power leads. The
positive lead would go through regulators and parts
to the ground. So, unless your machine has a direct
short, an ohmmeter should be all that is needed
to determine the negative lead.