>> I was going to ask about Irish machines and see that James got there
>> first; did Ireland ever make any micros?
> I thought I read on some faq that DEC had some computers made in
> I think potatoes not puters when it comes to Ireland
Many an Apple was made in their factory in Cork.
> but did anything ever happen with Don
> Maslin's disk collection?
It is assumed to be lost.
Parallel efforts are ongoing to build collections from
what survives in other sources.
Sadly, a dozen book boxes of 8" disks that I gave him when I didn't
have the time to do anything with them are gone as well. Fortunately
the really obscure stuff was already read from the set.
I've been lurking on the list for a while now enjoying the various discussions.
Being my first post I'm hoping this email isn't out of place - just hate to junk stuff if it is of use/interest to someone else.
I apologise in advance if it truly is complete rubbish - even feedback to that effect is useful, can chuck it with confidence then :)
So - the following items are available for the cost of postage or for pickup from Canberra.
- Hardware -
Motorola "Versamodule Monoboard Microcomputer" 68000 based, c.1980 has a two gold plated edge connectors, one 60 way, other 70 way, board is 14.5" x 9". Also have a matching prototyping board but no backplane or other information. Electrical condition unknown, physically boards are ok but a few bent pins.
Advanced Gravis Mousestick Controller - ADB Model for Mac SE, II Classic and LC. Dusty but believed to be working..
- Software -
OpenVMS Alpha Operating System V7.1 Binaries December 1996
Novell Netware 4.11 and Groupwise 5.2
Spectrum Holobyte "Vette" Street Racing Simulation - Mac Plus or Mac II
Microsoft Flight Simulator V4.0 For Mac Plus, Classic, LC, SE, SE/30 or other Mac II family computer.
Old computer books for sale or trade.
I still have most of the collection available.
The books vary from the years 1970-1990
The collection contains books about:
LISP, Data management, Artificial Intelligence, Automatic data processing,
Computer programming etc.
>From publishers like:
McGraw Hill, M&T Books, Wiley Press, Microsoft
They are all in English language and in good condition.
The price for one book is 3 Euros + postage. The books are shipped
>from Slovenia, Europe. I could also trade the books for some older
The link to the list is available at:
If you are interested, contact me to my private email address.
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On an old Spenser Tracy, Kate Hepburn movie called "Desk Set" playing
on the Family Movie Channel. 1957
Looked like an IBM 700 series computer. Unfortunitely it was only
shown during the opening credits.
Story is about installing an IBM computer in a TV Studio. Mostly a
situational comedy. I am not sure I will stick around toii see if it
show up later.
We have a bunch, as in too many to count at this point in time, of 9 track tapes and the free standing tape
racks they are hanging on, to dispose of over the next few weeks. I will putting a few on ebay along with
other stuff as it gets sorted out what has and has not been spoken for.
Mucho thanks to those to all of you who bid in the ebay selloff. All involved conceder it has been a
success, and IBMcollectables now has a TrueBlue xSeries quad Xeon with twin RAIDS, it is not NEW but it
is a whole lot more computer then the 1850R-400 it is currently crawling along on. I hope to get Gallery 2.x
loaded and SQL loaded so I can get the site updated and moved over soon.
Oh ya....I digress
... as for the 9 tracks and racks
Question One: anyone interested in picking things up here in Columbus, contact me offlist.
Question Two: anyone know of any use for 9 track tapes ?
Question Three: what is the "Green" thing to do with them, or do we let the local recycler take them all ?
PS: we have 4 3350's spares and two 3420 Tape Units (spare / parts - mostly complete but not working),
and , some card cabnets currently not spoken for. Please contact me off list.
Have a happy weekend everyone,
OSU WON ! and that school up north just LOST !
Bob at GoBucks.com
Bob at IBMcollectables.com
> anyone interested in picking things up here in Columbus
would be difficult. These are wright-line freestanding racks without rollup
The computer muesuem was looking for some, but we were just offered six
> anyone know of any use for 9 track tapes ?
I have lots of tapes that have broken wright-line seals. If you can't find
anyone to take them all, I could use the seals, though it's likely you're
using the hard plastic auto-load types if they were used with a 3420.
Well I got a good response to my musings re British Computers.
I'm busy cutting and pasting all of the data to give me a list of who
said what and who has what. A passing thought.. should there be a
Section at Bletchley?
From: cctech-bounces at classiccmp.org
[mailto:cctech-bounces at classiccmp.org] On Behalf Of Tony Duell
Sent: 31 August 2007 23:35
To: cctalk at classiccmp.org
Subject: Re: British Computers.
> Wasn't the Dragons (Dragon 32 & Dragon 64) made by a Welsh company?
> (Still British, but I don't know anything about the computers other
> than their name)
Yes. The Dragon 32 was based on the same Motorola Application Note (for
the 6883) as the Tandy Color Computer, anf is a very similar machine.
Although for some inexplicable reason, the BASIC tokens are differnntly
ordered, so a binary BASIC program from a Dragon won;t load on a CoCo
and vice versa...
The main differece between the hardware of the Dragon and the CoCo is
the printer port. There were 3 PIA lines left over once the necessary
signal had been taken for the sound, cassette port, keyboard, VDG
As er all know, the CoCo used them for a bit-banged RS232 port. On the
Dragon, they were the Strobe, Busy and ACK lines of a Centronics port.
The data for that came from the 8 keyboard scan lines (one port of a
PIA), suitably buffered. There was no problem with the dual use of this
port, the machine didn't try to read the ekybaord inptus when it was
sending a character to the printer, and the printer ignored the keyboard
scan 'data' because there was no Strobe signal along with it.
The Dragon 64 has (not surpisingly) twice as much RAM, and also a real
hardware RS23 port, based IIRC on the 6551.
> > Amstrad
> Weren't the Amstrad's called Schneiders in some European country(s)?
Yes, I beleive so.
HP9000 K class box with 2 jamaica arrays and 2 autoraids
all of which is mounted in 2 beautiful, 1.6 meter HP cabinets. All cabling
is included. Disclosure: One Autoraid has a bad controller. Several of
the drives were upgraded in one Autoraid to 36 gig drives. Besides the
one bad controller in one autoraid, all the rest is working.
Contact me offlist if interested. Gear is located in St. Louis, MO. I will
not store this for you ;) Nostalgic interest - this is gear that I sold new
to this customer as an HP9000 dealer "back in the day".
> From: "Patrick Adams" <padamsdesign at mweb.co.za>
> Subject: HP DraftMaster I
> Me have a big problem connecting a plotter to a computer, no1 is
> able to help me.
> Hopefully you can.
> I have a draftmaster 7595A
> deeply appreciated if you would offer your help.
What type of computer are you trying to connect to? Mac, PC, a
classic micro, mini or mainframe? Which port are you using, serial or
parallel? Are you using a network adaptor box to Ethernet? I think my
DraftMaster MX has Etherbet built in, but as far as I remember, when
we had a prototype of the previous model, it used an external adaptor
box. I've connected plotters to Apple ][+, Apple ///, Lisa 1, Lisa 2
and every type of Mac, and if you need a plotter driver for a Mac my
company can still supply one. Its not the connection that's
difficult, often its that your application does not output the data
in a format the plotter understands. Modern machines usually assume
the data is going to written into a pixel map (either within the
printer as with PostScript, or within the host computer) so that
later geometries can partially obscure earlier ones. It is even
possible to print from programs like PhotoShop, but it really works
the plotter hard, and while runs of a colour are fine, and single
dots come out with fibre pens, ball pens rely on movement to get the
ink flowing, so can't do dots. Draughting(drafting if you're over the
pond) pens are another game entirely.
I am replying to the digest, so its possible someone's already