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)
I have a Mouse Systems M4 model optical mouse that came with my Amiga 3000 but does not have the special mousepad needed for it, any way to fake one of those pads?
The only other available mouse I have is for the A1000 and has an angled connector that won't fit unless I jack the A3000 case up a few inches.
How well did the M4s work anyway? I did plug it in to my machine and the buttons seem to work but I could not find a printed patterrn that would make the cursor do anything but barely move (The red LED does light up). I tend to like optical mice so this would be cool to have functioning.
On 14 Jun, 2006, at 05:17, cctech-request at classiccmp.org wrote:
> Can you provide a source where I can purchase 11/16 inch wide
> spools of
> paper (prefer yellow) for the reader mentioned above
> David C. Masterson
Not yellow, but as you are in the states, try here:
I have a source in the UK for yellow ONE inch tape, and they
can make 11/16 to order, but minimum batch is hundreds if not
thousands of rolls.
I managed to hack a Western Digital Ethernet card onto my PCjr and I'm pretty
happy about it. Using a packet driver and my own UDP implementation I can get
24KB/sec off of the machine with UDP checksums, and about 39KB/sec with UDP
checksums turned off.
The bad news is that I have a few more of these cards but the twisted pair
connector is designed for LattisNet. LattisNet is a precursor to the standard
Ethernet over twisted pair and it is supposed to be close, but my hubs aren't
The cards have AUI adapters and I was lucky enough to have exactly 1 CentreCom
210 which works fine. I need more though - like about 10. They're on eBay,
but buying them onesy-twosy will bankrupt me on shipping.
Does anybody have a few they want to unload, or know of a good seller? Also,
are all AUI/TP tranceivers equal or should I be looking for something better?
Fellow Classic Computer Enthusiasts,
I was rewatching "30 Years in the Tardis" last night and came across an item
on the tape I had forgotten about. It's been years since I watched it, and
the last time was long before I started tinkering with classic computer
emulators. Anyway, while rewatching it I was thrilled to come across a
commercial with the Doctor and Romana advertising a Prime computer. I found
some info on the net on the Prime computer line, such as:
on the net but no mention of an emulator. I also found some manuals on
BitSavers.org. Having been a Doctor Who fan for years, and with Tom Baker
being my favorite Doctor, I'd love to have the opportunity to experience a
computer system he endorsed.
Regarding my switch from an email newsletter to a weblog, there's been a
tremendous about of feedback in support of the old format. Unfortunately
the old format was just too much work for me to keep up with. I would keep
doing it if I had unlimited time and money, but obviously no one does
(except maybe Bill Gates on the money side.)
The good news: I finally got an Atom feed working. The address is
Would those of you who prefer email updates be willing to pay a modest fee?
I haven't worked out what technology I will need, but as I said before, I'd
be happy to keep doing an email feed if it were easy and not terribly
time-consuming. This isn't for profit, it's too avoid losing money when I'm
formatting newsletter emails instead of doing real work. (This also is not
any plan to contradict earlier statements about keeping the main product
free -- you have my promise on that.)
Of course, if someone points me to an automated blog-to-email conversion
technology that is SO simple and takes no time at all, then I'll just do it
without any premiums. Or maybe someone can write a cross-platform feed
reader for vintage computers. :)
Certainly, there are a lot of logic analyzsers (or
analysers, if you are English) floating around. I was
told by a guy who specializes in "refurbished" (i.e.
dusted off) test equipment that this is because a lot
of it is gov't surplus where they just grab the unit.
He also mentioned that a lot of university surplus has
partially blown pods because of carelessness - due to
the nature of what they do, not much protection on the
I have a Tek 1230 which I was lucky enough to get some
pods with. I had another one w/o pods and GOOD LUCK on
getting schematics, etc on this stuff - it's a "black
art" proprietary sort of thing.
Incredible wisdom actually found in a commerical fortune cookie:
"When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day."
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>Has anyone ever compiled a list of IBM PC and PC/XT
>historical purposes (outisde of the no-name Taiwanese
>clones, that is)?
There are sites that attempt to enumerate all of the
things that used 8088s or 8086s. I purpose to start a
website one of these days. Perhaps some space could be
reserved to host submissions which would attempt to do
that very thing.
Ick who cares about compatibles though? ;)
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Still can't find manuals. But here's what I know and maybe people can fill
in the blanks.
First info - Base model is 45711E, supposedly that designates 110+, 512k
ram, & modem. The memory drawer has a model 82981A, which googling suggests
is 128k ram addon. There's a metal shield over the chips and I don't have
the right torq bit to remove. Upon boot all the ROM ID shows BBBBBB.
First question - going into system config lets me set the memory split
between main memory and edisk. All choices add up to 896k. How does that
square with 128k + 512k?
Second info - The PAM menu shows the following application choices - DOS
CMDS, HP reflection, VT reflection, Memo Maker, Time Management, and BASIC.
However, opening up the software drawer shows the following chips in the
following locations 82863K-Reflection1 (0L), 45504K-MemoMaker/TimeMgt (1L),
82862K-BASIC (4L), 45555K-1/2-ExecutiveCardMgr (5H),
45555K-2/2-ExecutiveCardMgr (5L), 45548K-1/2-Lotus123 (6H),
Second question - I assume the PAM menu selections for HP reflection and VT
reflection are handled by the single 82863K rom. I am curious why the
Executive Card Manager and Lotus123 don't show up in the PAM menu?
Misc. questions - The built in battery is obviously dead and won't hold a
charge, as the unit won't run at all without the AC adapter. Every time I
boot up though, it asks to reformat the A drive due to memory loss. More
importantly, it has lost the date/time and system config settings
(memory/edisk split for example). I'm curious if the date/time and config
settings are kept by a different battery I may need to replace, or if all of
the above is maintained by the single battery. I will have to hunt up a new
This 110+ is a really nice box! I'm quite fascinated by the built-into-rom
HP terminal emulator (dumb terminal emulation won't do) as well as VT
terminal emulator and serial port, all in a small package! Sweet!
Thanks for any pointers!
I'm trying to organize my PDP11 setup in a neat and tidy fashion, and I'm
wondering, aside from the DEC transition panels which would be ideal, what
sort of multi medium transition panels are there that I can attach things
like multiple RS232 ports and SCSI connectors, etc to?
The idea I'm after is something akin to the keystone patch panels, but with
things like full RS232-DB25 that just attach with a plate or something, much
like the DEC panels. Anyone seen anything like this?