> From: John R. Keys Jr.
> Reply To: classiccmp(a)classiccmp.org
> Sent: Friday, February 15, 2002 2:54 PM
> To: classiccmp(a)classiccmp.org
> Subject: Re-finding more items as I open boxes
> Found the following while unpacking in the warehouse:
> Took some other goodies home to play with like the 20th Annv. MAC,...
20th Anniversary Mac? You booger... I may have to grab it when
you're not looking.
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Mac OS X 10.1.2 - Darwin Kernel Version 5.2: Fri Dec 7 21:39:35 PST 2001
Running since 01/22/2002 without a crash
This is my attempt at an "art" x-ray.
This image includes the entire range of densities. If I were to penetrate
the motor I would blow through the plastic.
This is a high resolution x-ray. Zoom into the front label and see if you
can read the embossed name plates... What COLOR is this actual drive? The
answer is in there! ; )
This shot was taken with the drive elevated at an angle by foam so that you
would get a 3d feeling and not a flat picture.
Let me know if its cool. I may x-ray an entire computer next... : )
Well, the Univac III is back: UNIVAC III Computer (In Storage since 1975),
eBay auction Item # 2733726990. This time the starting price is $7,500 and the
buy-it-now is $11,000.
The URL is:
OK, somebody, jump right on it! :-)
(Not me, I'm into LITTLE computers like PDP-11's and VAXen, with an occasional
side dish of 6502 or 8085)
Thanks to Richard Cini for the link!
No, its not a kit from me, but it is really cool! It has good potential to
become a kit! : )
Its an older link, but very cool. :)
I don't know anything about HP minis, so I don't know what to look for,
but for those on the list that have HPs and might be interested...
The main unit: item # 320060663740
The FP unit: item # 320060663048
No bids yet.
I'm taking a straw poll here.... how many folks are interested in obtaining
a Prime 50-series computer (in general, not a specific model) for their
I'm not really wanting to count anyone who thinks "yeah, I'd take one if it
showed up on my doorstep for free". I'm more interested in a rough count of
people who want one enough to actually drive a ways, or pay shipping plus
"token" amount, etc. Someone who would seriously pursue one if it became
available to them.
If you meet that criteria, let me know!
My friend and I have come across a large stock of working ZX-81
computers that are missing keyboards. And a stock of others with bad
These are a lot from a former Sinclair Repair Center.
We'd like to get these working 100% again for sale along with the
remainder of the ZX-81 kits from Zebra Systems.
BTW... Stewart only has a couple hundred left, and when they're gone...
Does anyone know of a source for these keyboards, or know of a company
that could make them up?
I have some samples and a schematic of the matrix so this shouldn't be
We also have a cache of spare parts (Z-80's, ULA's, RAM chips, etc...)
for these units.
Also, we have a large collection of vintage New Old Stock TTL parts. We
are inventorying what we have now, and will post a website with part
numbers and quantities available.
They've been well stored, and seem to be in great shape.
We also found a small stock of Relays, and other parts. Those will be
listed on the site as well.
It's fun playing with a ZX-81 again. I dug out my TS-1000 and found it
didn't work anymore. When we opened it, we found that the Z80 had a bent
pin. And over the years it stopped making contact with the contact in
the socket due to movement of the parts and corrosion.
Once we bent the pin straight and reinserted the Z80, it came up like a
And... We also got my Coco III fixed. It came up with a pink screen. We
desoldered the 68B09 and put a socket in it's place. I stole a 6809E
>from a Coco 2 and popped it in. Voila!
It now works!
Computers in the old days were a lot more fun!
Generally still OT, but on-topic regarding the maintainability of
modern devices, did anyone perchance read the "A New Spin on White
Goods" article in the December 15, Electronic Design?
My clothes washer and dryer are going on 17 years and work just fine.
I see no reason that I won'd get 20-25 years of service out of them.
But reading about technology in the pipeline makes me wish they'd
Motors controlled by DSPs with 10 A/D converters on chip, GUI
displays, talk about inventorying the stuff in your refrigerator
(using RFID tags on the food) really makes me wonder where the heck
repair parts are going to come from when the new appliances are 20
BTW, when I looked at replacement ovens over the last few days, I
found that just about all of the new ones are loaded with features
that I'll never use, such as "Sabbath Mode" (no kidding).
It looks like a brave new world, folks.
> Cleaning out things and came across 40+ tubes (24/tube) of TTL 5400
> Quad Nand Gates (Mil version of the 7400). Free for postage.
> Here's your chance to build your computer from scratch :oD
'Tis all gone...