Anyone here have the speech module for an IBM PC Convertible
they want to get rid of?
I just got one of these laptops & was hoping to score one.
David M. Vohs
Digital Archaeologist & Computer Historian
"Triumph": Commodore 64, 1802, 1541, Indus GT, FDD-1, GeoRAM 512, MPS-801.
"Leela": Original Apple Macintosh, Imagewriter II.
"Delorean": TI-99/4A, TI Speech Synthesizer.
"Spectrum": Tandy Color Computer III.
"Monolith": Apple Macintosh Portable.
"Boombox": Sharp PC-7000.
"Butterfly": Tandy 200, PDD-2.
"Shapeshifter": Epson QX-10, Comrex HDD, Titan graphics/MS-DOS board.
"Scout": Otrona Attache.
(prospective) "Pioneer": Apple LISA II.
"TMA-1": Atari Portfolio, Memory Expander +
"Centaur": Commodore Amiga 2000.
"Neon": Zenith Minisport.
Date: Tue, 25 May 2010 19:50:02 -0400
From: William Donzelli <wdonzelli at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Anyone off to VCF-UK
>> And I'm telling you that in all my VCF experience, including as the *
>> organizer * of four very successful editions, I've found that people
>> (attendees and exhibitors alike) go because they relish the community
>> aspects. ?Sure it's fun to show off your exhibit, but most people get the
>> most kicks from meeting their fellow collectors, etc.
>Like any show - computers, cars, dogs, model trains, stamps, sex toys
>- always far more social than stuff-oriented.
>Sure, the "stuff" is important, but I would bet you could hold a very
>good VCF with *nobody* bringing *any* machines.
>Just make sure you get enough pizzas and beer.
Of course many people go to this sort of thing for the social aspect and
hang out on here for the same reason, but why are some people on here so
deeply offended when someone like Tony says that he wouldn't care to spend
time and money just to have some pizza and beer, especially considering the
way he's been treated here by some of the folks he'd be eating and drinking
with. Frankly, although I'm sure that most people on here are nice folks,
there's only a handful with whom I think I'd have much in common and would
spend time and money to hang out with and listen to if there weren't
something else that interested me (especially since I don't drink beer or
Having read some of these comments and especially the sentiment that unless
you're a "celebrity" who cares what you have to contribute, I'm thinking the
same as Tony, namely why am I wasting my time here? I've got friends who
share my interests and there aren't any ignorant jerks like Evan among them
nor do they tell me to fuck off; maybe it really is time to rent a dumpster
and just toss in those Cromemcos, Vector Graphics, PETs, AIM65s and the
25-odd boxes of manuals and documentation that are taking up space just in
case someone might want or need something one day; with a couple of
exceptions they certainly aren't any use to me.
Something to think about for sure; I may end up actually thanking Evan one
day for finally showing me the light.
Available for one who wants it, a Dec H960 rack.
No sidepanels, nor a masthead.
Note, the rack is in the Netherlands.
Will go to the scrappers at the end of June.
Dit is een HTML vrije email / This is an HTML free email.
Probably a stretch but wondering if anyone has any info (manual, pinouts,
service documentation) for a GNT model 3601 8-bit (1") paper tape punch.
It was probably better known in the CNC / automated machining world than
in computing but my hope is to resurrect it as a backup punch for copying
tapes I use with my ASR-33 and thereby save wear on the -33's punch.
The unit has serial and parallel interfaces on DB25 connectors but I do
not have any pinout information for those. The serial one I can probably
Unfortunately, the unit is a little more sick than "works OK" seemed
to imply from the eBay seller. It has what I believe to be a power
supply problem because as soon as you try to punch all eight holes with
the front panel test button, the power LED dims and the punch jams,
apparently from lack of umph to complete the mission. It could also be
jamming to start with and that causes the power drop I suppose.
In any case, looking for any docs before I open it up and start digging
around. I have written to GNT without a reply so far.
mailto:chrise at pobox.com
I have an Apple Lisa 1 for sale. Yes, it has the Twiggy drives. It
includes the Twiggy systems OS disks (2), original Lisa 1 manual,
keyboard, original Lisa (rectangular button) mouse.
Normally I would not so brazenly hawk something but I need to raise funds
for an imminent move of the VCF archives.
I'm entertaining any and all offers. At a minimum, there should be three
zeroes before the decimal point.
Please contact me directly if you're interested. Photos and more detail
will be forwarded upon request.
Will ship galaxy-wide.
Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
International Man of Intrigue and Danger http://www.vintage.org
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I am looking for a pinout or datasheet for a chip labelled M51976FP. It
appears to be made by Mitsubishi, it's a SMPSU controller in a 20 pin
I have the data on the M51977, which is similar (I think), but some pins
are clearly different.
Looking on datasheetarchiver and digchip didn't find anything. And a
google search (as ever) found plenty of people who sould sell me 100000
of them, but nothing else).
[It's uised in a PSU modile in an HP tape drive that I am working on, so
it does have som relevance to classic computers0.
Thanks in advance for any help
I have been fortunate in acquiring and restoring a Tek 4051 recently.
I had used one of these back in '77 to '82 and I still have some
documentation, and I found other manuals on bitsavers.org but have not
located any software. Do you know of any source on-line? I found
references on this site (Feb. 2009) from other users talking about
building an archive of software for the 4051.
I have keyed in a few short programs to test the vector graphics, but it
would be nice to have the original standard pack tape programs. Even
printouts would be helpful. I recall when I last used a 4051 back in
the early '80's we had the ability to dump & load programs using the
serial port, and the ability to un-secret the programs. If I can find
this information again I would be glad to provide it to help build a
software library for this fantastic system.
Can a C1541 or C1571 attached to a C64 read floppies from other
Commodore computers such as the VIC-20 or C16? Since the floppy
drive is basically a computer attached to the C64 by a serial cable,
I tend to think it can, but I don't believe I've ever seen anything
on this, and I know I've never tried. I've never had a floppy drive
attached to any of my VIC-20's, back when it was my only computer, I
only had a cassette drive.
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| | Classic Computer Collector |
| Empire of the Petal Throne and Traveller Role Playing, |
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what exactly is a Mohawk Data Sciences (MDS) Series 21? There's almost
nothing on the net about that system apart from one small article in the
July 1978 issue of Computer. Is it worth saving?