I have some VAXstations available for those that are interested...
1 x VAXstation 3100 (M30)
1 x VAXstation 4100 (M40) missing 'door' for front bays
2 x VAXstation 3100 M38
2 x VAXstation 3100 M76
all have 8 plane graphics except for the M30 (or was it the M40?).
all have 8M of RAM.
Other than the 4100 and one M38, these systems are in excellent
cosmetic condition (may require some cleaning). The M40 has
plastic 'issues' (missing front bay door, some hidden cracks), and
an M76 has a 2" scratch in the top. One of the M38's top doesn't
look like it fits as good as on the other M38 and is a bit more
dinged up. Other than that and that most require some cleaning,
they are in excellent condition.
Systems do not have hard drives. I do have 1G and 2G 50 pin
SCSI drives available though (non DEC).
Add 1G drives at $10 each, Add 2G drives at $15 each.
If you are interested in a specific one, please make an offer.
I'll likely be listing these on eBay depending on interest here.
Buyer will be actual shipping plus $5 to cover packing materials.
On 6 Nov, 2008, at 04:34, cctalk-request at classiccmp.org wrote:
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> Date: Wed, 05 Nov 2008 17:14:51 -0600
> From: Jules Richardson <jules.richardson99 at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: PDP-8/e and terminals in West Sussex, UK
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> Chuck Guzis wrote:
>> Tony Duell wrote:
>>> What do people consider to be the 'holy grails' of classic computer
>> Do people collect CPUs that no longer have peripherals or are bereft
>> of any sort of software?
>> If so, what is done with them, other than to use them as doorstops?
> Collect enough and they do help save on heating bills - there's less
> free open
> space in your house to need heating :-)
> (It'd be interesting to do a poll on how many systems each of us
> here has, and
> how many hours a year each of those systems actually gets run for -
> I suspect
> the results would be quite disturbing!)
1962 ICT 1301 (includes CR,CP and LP) + 5 off TM4 Ampex tape transport
+ paper tape used once a fortnight for a day except in winter
(Germanium hates cold)
c1963 ICT 1301 (includes CR,CP and LP) + 5 off TM4 Ampex tape
transport. Dismantled 30 years ago. Sold and will be picked up for a
new computer museum's centrepiece on Tuesday.
c1977 UK 101 Bought new but not turned on for 20 years
c1980 Apple 2 last used about 15 years ago
c1983 Apple 2e last used about 10 years ago
Apple 3 and profile, not used since it broke in service and not deemed
to be worth fixing
Lisa 2 and various old Macintoshes. Powered up now and again, mainly
to access data stored in old formats/on old media. Average probably
once in 5 years each.
Titanium PowerBook, used to play Civilisation 2 and a few other games
about twice a year for a few days, usually Christmas or when I am sick.
MacBook Pro everyday machine.
It is perhaps interesting to compare with my old non computer items:
ASR33 used 3 months ago
Flexowriter with wide carriage and reader and punches for either
regular paper tape or thin fanfold card. Last used about 10 years ago
but hopefully soon to be restored.
IBM 836 keypunch with I/O and programmable patch panel, originally
connected to above Flexowriter as a tape to card and card to tape
transfer but I stupidly did not buy the cables or even the plugs.
- I need patch cables and control drum for this too if anyone has
any. Feeds cards but will not punch or print, need to fix the punching
Sumlock comptometer, used by my late Aunt for doing people's accounts
about 10 years ago.
Mechanical calculator. Works but not used for 10 years.
1974 Sharp calculator. 21st birthday present, still used every couple
1890s Cash register, left here by previous owner of the farm, never
used but good to look at.
Edison dictating machine and player machines. Looks to be 19th
century. Not used since my father bought them in the 1950s as he did
not have a skimming machine for the cylinders.
1964 Rover car. Last week turned engine over and operated clutch to
stop it seizing but would not start.
1966 Rover, 1969 Daimler, 1987 BMW, 1993 Jaguar. Used daily in rotation.
1972 Land Rover One Ton, used about 4 times a year, like when the snow
is a foot thick or as a truck when setting up my classic car show.
1998 Daimler Supercharged 4 litre. Was used in rotation with the above
but now produces copious steam - presumably a cylinder head gasket
failure which I don't have time to fix.
Victorian oak table which extends to about 20 feet long by 7 feet
wide. Was not used for 40+ years but I got it restored and now used
regularly as my company's board room table, but still belongs to me
and my parents.
I've been wanting to do some video capturing from an SGI and have been
trying to work out the 'best way' (or, perhaps, the EASIEST way) of doing
it. The video I'm capturing is prior to the OS coming up (waffling around
the Command Monitor, etc), so I can't have the system itself help me out.
If I had some LCD panels which spoke SGI I would simply sit a DV cam in
front of the LCD and record it - the quality should be acceptable - but I
don't (LCD since CRTs would have flicker, of course, when recorded). Plus,
I'd quite like to source video from Suns and other machinery.
I imagine there really -isn't- a catch-all solution, but I'd love to have
the thoughts of the Geek Masses. I've never done video capture before in
any form, and have little experience with working with video at all to be
honest, so anything would help.
I need a terminal emulator for the DEC VT series of terminals, from VT200 upwards. This is to connect to an OpenVMS box running All-In-1, so it needs to support double width/height characters and be a fairly good emulation. Most 'vt compatible' terminals appear to not be up to the job.
Does any one have any suggestions please? Even better if it supports soft font downloads so I can use APL aswell.
I've got access to Windows and Linux boxes.
Many thanks, Mark
So who's taking the populated pdp8/m?
Since Peter Turnbull is taking the pdp8/e and a pdp8/m is only an
OEM pdp8/e with less slots; I'm wondering if the pdp8/m should go
to another University.
I'd be willing to drag it to Manchester - would it fit in my fourtwo ;-)
In my case I'd try and see if Manchester University or MOSI would be
Man Uni would be a good target - since they created the first stored-
program computer in 1948 and still has luminaries such as Steve Furber
(who headed the team who developed the ARM). Moreover, I remember when
I was there, there was an ORIGINAL pdp-8 standing in a corner on the
first floor of the Kilburn building.
MOSI would be a good target - since they house the reproduction of the
the 1948 Baby.
The second question of course is what to do with all these machines.
I know Peter wants to put a demo OS on it and some demo software
(CHKMOV ? / pdp8- music?). But is this the best way forward? I've
seen some of the Bletchley Park videos, but frankly most of them look
quite boring; certainly not as good as the YouTube series on
programming the pdp11 where the student travels back in time to see
how hard it was to develop and debug in the early 70s.
How do you get students interested for more than 5 minutes in machines
that 'can't' do anything ;-) ? How do you pass on and formalise the
knowledge needed to maintain and preserve these relics?
It seems to me that using the machines themselves (or replicas) would be
a way forward. Museum or University courses where a team of students
is assembled to recreate or restore an ancient mini and program their
own demos. A 3 hour evening class once a week with a team of 10 would
provide 3*10*40 = 1200 man-hours of experience....
-cheers from julz @P
Reflection?? from WRQ software is a nice suite for Windows.
You can occasionally find it on e-bay for a decent price.
Depending on the version you find, it will emulate:
VT52, VT102, VT400, etc.
Newer versions include SCO-ANSI, ADDS VP2, Wyse 50+, Wyse 60,
DG215, Unisys T27, and AT386
I'm using "Version 10 for Unix and Digital" . . .?
It has a built-in visual basic scriping language, which is really cool.
I use that functionality daily. . . .
It's moving time, and for various reasons I need to get rid of a few items:
DEC Multia 166 MHz
Alpha workstation, not sure what CPU.
Cardinal 386 computer. All in one case, like a Mac SE/30
2 external CD drives, SCSI, with carts
various 72 pin SIMMS, some parity, some other
30 pin SIMMS
2 PS/2 keyboards
First come, first served; take it all in one shot, it's free.
If you feel this pile is worth something, I won't turn down cash or
If you want to disperse the items to others, that is your choice. If
you do make a profit, great! Enjoy it. I just need this stuff to
disappear by Thursday, Nov. 13.
I tried to give some of these things away before, but the recipient
never got back to me about something.
Let me know ASAP. Thanks very much
--- Dave Woyciesjes
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From here to there,
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