Just a quick note to let everyone know of the workshops we've added to the
VCF this year.
These workshops feature vintage computing kits that you build yourself,
guided by the people who designed the kits.
So far we've announced workshops for the XGameStation Pico Edition run by
its designer Andre' LaMothe, and a COSMAC Elf 2000 (as featured on the
cover of Nuts & Volts last month) run by its designer Bob Armstrong.
Very soon I'll be announcing a third workshop run by Vince Briel to build
his new Replica-1.
These workshops are an excellent way for people who have always been
interested in hardware but never had a practical environment for
experimenting to pick up some new skills from top notch engineers, and
some nice new toys (that you build yourself!) in the process.
To read about the workshops, go here:
There is a registration button for each workshop on its respective page.
Payment is via PayPal (from your account funds or credit card). The
workshops are scheduled at different times so the really adventurous can
go to all of them ;)
Vince's Replica-1 workshop will be going up very soon.
A full VCF update will be coming out this week, with the current speaker
schedule and more information on the first Vintage Computer Film Festival.
Remember, Woz will be there, along with a bevy of other early Apple
employees and founders for our 30th anniversary celebration of the birth
I'd also like to see some more exhibits get registered :)
E-mail me with any questions you might have.
Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
International Man of Intrigue and Danger http://www.vintage.org
[ Old computing resources for business || Buy/Sell/Trade Vintage Computers ]
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I saw some mention in here about old HDs and such -- if anybody's in need of
the ribbon cables to hook those up with, either pin-type or edge-connectors
I have a pile of them.
I also saw mention of a "Spinwriter". If somebody's looking for one of these,
I have one sitting in a storage unit, though I will need some money to
change hands for the owner of said unit to allow for its removal...
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> Josh Dersch
> Sent: Sunday, October 01, 2006 7:50 PM
> - Is this drive actually compatible with a Model 16? The
> limited info
> I've found seems to hint that this was for a Tandy 2000 or
> 1000 system.
Not normally, but it could be used as a secondary drive if you have a 16b HD.
> - If it is compatible, what kind of drive goes in the enclosure, and
> where can I find the proper cable to connect it to the Model 16? (The
> enclosure has a 20 pin "Data" and a 34-pin "Control" connector on it,
> looks like a standard ST-506 configuration, while the Model 16 has a
> single 50-pin connector.)
That enclosure is made for a simple ST-506 drive. It is not meatn to be used as a primary boot drive for a model 16.
> - If the drive isn't compatible, anyone have a compatible one for
> sale/trade? :)
They're pretty rare, especailly in working condition. I have a couple of the big 50 pin units, but they're all in non-working order. You can replace the hard drive in them with just about any ST-506 drive with a few modifications. They are alsmost identical in interface with a WD1000-HDO card.
> I'd like to try to get Xenix running, I have the installation
> -- just need something to install it to. I actually work
> with a guy who
> ported the Xenix kernel to the Model 16 back in the day, I
> thought he'd
> get a kick out of seeing a running system again...
You also need to verify that it has the latest PAL upgrade to run Xenix 3.1 or higher. See the short reference at: http://www.catcorner.org/xenix
I just acquired a TRS-80 Model 16. It came with an external hard drive;
model 25-1025, labeled as a "Tandy 10 Meg Disk System". It's a
considerably smaller unit than the usual TRS-80 hard drives I've seen --
it looks like it would normally hold a half-height 5.25" MFM drive.
Unfortunately, the drive enclosure is empty.
I'm not well-versed in the area of TRS-80 drives, so I have a few questions:
- Is this drive actually compatible with a Model 16? The limited info
I've found seems to hint that this was for a Tandy 2000 or 1000 system.
- If it is compatible, what kind of drive goes in the enclosure, and
where can I find the proper cable to connect it to the Model 16? (The
enclosure has a 20 pin "Data" and a 34-pin "Control" connector on it,
looks like a standard ST-506 configuration, while the Model 16 has a
single 50-pin connector.)
- If the drive isn't compatible, anyone have a compatible one for
I'd like to try to get Xenix running, I have the installation floppies
-- just need something to install it to. I actually work with a guy who
ported the Xenix kernel to the Model 16 back in the day, I thought he'd
get a kick out of seeing a running system again...
Someone promised me copies of these years and years ago, and now now longer
returns my emails. I suspect they may have orig come from someone in the
Seattle area that had a bunch of 88780's a while back.
On the chance this person follows classiccmp, I'm looking for a copy.