As apparently nobody else wanted it, and I was
picking up some other bits at the time,[*] I was
given a big box (about 4 cubic foot) of C64
software last week. Mostly cassette based stuff,
and most with boxes, books, etc., although I
haven't looked through it properly - I don't have
a C64, or anything commodore, to use them
with! I was told there are some rare gems in there...
Anyway, it's all free to anybody who can collect
(Salford/Manchester, UK) //this week or weekend//
or is willing to pay for the postage plus a
couple of quid for my time finding a better box
and re-packing it. (Postage would be about ?8
within UK if I remember my local carrier prices correctly.)
direct email - robert.at.irrelevant-dot-com.
[*] This came from the local freecycle list and
as such you should feel honor bound not to take
it simply to sell it for profit.
Speaking of printer ribbons, I've got a "Data Processing Ribbon for IBM
Belt Printers" sitting here unopened. Free to anyone who wants to pay
shipping from Ontario, Canada. Shouldn't be much in a padded
envelope. Box states it replaces IBM NO. 1136634, including the following
machines: 3288, 3618, 3717, 3775, 3784, 3791 (Features 4710 & 4711), 3792
(Features 4712 & 4713), 5024 Models 1 & 3, 5320 (B Models).
Nylon, with about a 13mm ribbon width.
>Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 18:39:17 +0200
>From: "Henk Stegeman" <h.j.stegeman at hccnet.nl>
>Subject: Looking for 0.75" width endless printer ribbon
>To: <cctalk at classiccmp.org>
>Message-ID: <LEEAKOBMDOCBLGHAMGACEEKCCCAA.h.j.stegeman at hccnet.nl>
>Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
>I am searching for an endless printer ribbon with
>a width size of 0.75" (19mm) to replace an worn-out
>IBM ribbon that is not available anymore.
>Anyone any idea on a good subsitute ?
>My idea is to remove the ribbon from the subsitute
>and replace the worn-out one in the IBM cartridge.
>Thanks for your replies.
On May 30 2006, 1:39, Adrian Graham wrote:
> I met the previous owner of this machine earlier tonight and I'm now
> owner of the best preserved example I've seen - no discolouration or
> and some of the best internal wiring mods I've come across in a home
> computer, almost works of art.
Nice! In case you didn't know, I'm another long-time Sorcerer owner.
It was my first machine, although the one I have now is not the one I
> Info is hopefully buried in the ESCape
> magazines but if anyone has heard of them please let me know :)
No help with the boards, but do you have many copies of ESCape? I was
a subscriber from the beginning, but no longer have any. I'd like to
get copies of some, especially the ones with Ray Bannon's games, and
the one that describes the Toolkit (TLKIT). I have a legitimate copy
of TLKIT but not the list of commands.
I'm also looking for (copies of) the manuals for the WP Pac and DevPac,
which I once owned, and if possible a dump of the DevPac ROMs.
Pete Peter Turnbull
University of York
On May 31 2006, 7:48, David Williams wrote:
> I have the Word Pac and DevPac manuals that I'll be putting
> up on the Exidy section of my site. It will probably be a
> little over a month before I can get to it as I'm currently
> traveling a lot for work.
It'll probably more than a month before I get around to doing anything
with it anyway!
Pete Peter Turnbull
University of York
> I have over a thousand 8" disks here from all kinds of system
The Computer History Museum has roughly 10,000 floppies, mostly 5 1/4" that
I need to deal with as Software Curator, with more coming in every week.
The plan is to preserve them as images, with interpretation and verification
of contents to follow.
> Like it or not, I'm using ImageDisk as the standard to store and access
> file content.
That should be fine for most soft-sectored formats. At this point it's
more important to get the bits into some form that preservation through
replication can start. It would be a good thing to start fingerprinting
files with MD5 checksums and building a data base of known good images.
Sadly, it appears through lack of response that Don Maslin's archive is
going to have to be redone.
I have several hundred disc images done as dmks that will have to be
converted at some point.
You'll also need to worry about virus checking, and verifing that the disc
actually contains what you think it does, too.
> I'm insanely jealous of you. I'm semi-retired, and would give my left arm
> for such a job :)
We're looking for volunteers :-)
The other thing I have to do is get some better software web presence in
place (to go along with the stuff at community.computerhistory.org/scc )
to put more of what we are doing out for people, and make it easier to get
help from the community.
Muesum pay ain't great, btw..
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of Zane H. Healy
> Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2006 6:10 PM
> At the same time, I'm looking into a setup such that the
> general public can
> go into the "Historical Resource Center" and transfer their
> old media to
> modern media. I invision this including 5 1/4" floppies, and 3 1/2"
> floppies at a minimum. (I figure at least Commodore, Apple
> and PC). While
> this can be done with a combination of old and new systems,
> it might be better
> to do it with a modern PC and a Catweasel card.
I am currently working on just such a beast. I have had it running using 3.5, 5.25, and 8" media, 3 floppy controllers and 2 catweasels. Base unit was a Pentium 233MMX SBC and a 14 slot PICMG backplane running Debian Linux and DOS 6.22.
Now, I'm trying to clean it up, upgrade the CPU and streamline the process. I have over a thousand 8" disks here from all kinds of systems that I'd like to inventory and make the contents available where possible.
I'm even trying to parse the file systems so the user can extract files from certain formats. I'm starting with the Tandy/TRS-80 Model II line file systems (and there were a few) such as TRSDOSII, Xenix (file system and tar), TRSDOS16, LS-DOS and several CP/M formats.
Like it or not, I'm using ImageDisk as the standard to store and access file content. It is much easier to parse than some of the other disk formats out there, and is quite well defined.