I have a fine old Stag PPZ modular EPROM programmer:
It takes plug-in EPROM (model Zm2000) and PAL (Zm2200) modules, called
Z-modules by Stag. I've recently acquired a new module, Zm3000, which
looks like a more recent EPROM module. The chips in the Zm3000 are
date coded in 1993, whereas the Zm2000 is nearer 1988. The PPZ main
unit contains a 6809 CPU and a small CRT display.
Does anyone know anything about this system? What about other Z-module
types? In particular, should the Zm3000 work with the PPZ, because I
currently get an error message "Incorrect Mainframe"?
Thanks in advance for any clues! (Virtually all I get from Google is a
link back to my own web page!)
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.
I rescued one of these ancient Bernoulli boxes today. It uses the large
(8") cartridges at 20MB each, and it has two slots for the cartridges.
Other than for hearing some of the folklore about the drives, I don't
know much about it. I'd like to see it run and be usable, but I need
- Is it SCSI? If so, what's the pinout on the back? It has a 37 pin
female connector that I'm not familiar with if it is SCSI.
- Where is the head mechanism? Is it fairly robust and protected if
there are no cartridges inserted? This one has no major dents, but it
has not been babied either. I don't want to waste time on it if it's
just going to be a heartache. (I have enough of that already.)
- Cartridges look like they are on eBay. They are cheap enough for me
to experiment with.
- Is there anything I should know about these beasts before I attempt
powering on and working with it?
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.
Hi all --
My club (MARCH) is scheduled to exhibit at the inaugural Maker Faire
NYC. I'm starting to have second thoughts because we don't "make"
anything, we just make old things work again. Who here has been to a
Maker Faire event, and if so, would a vintage computers exhibit be well
received by the audience?
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
anybody interested in buying the following?
- Omnibus core memories (tested good)
- M8350 TTY interfaces (tested good)
- RK05 disks for pdp11 (12 sectors) (used, new, tested, untested)
- RK05/RK05J/RK05F disk drive (untested, tested good, broken)
- RK05x spares
- TU56 DECTape (tested working, untested, broken)
- TU56H single DECTape
- PC05 paper tape reader/punch
- Some other Omnibus cards
A PDP8/M computer. Very nice (near perfect!) condition front panel. Chassis condition lower medium
condition. Backplane and PSU (220V) ok. No top cover. System configuration to be discussed. First
guess would be 12K core, TTY, CPU - all tested stuff.
PDP8/L minicomputer, untested, keys bleached out by sun. Untested (really untested, currently don't
have the time to repair the machine) but complete with the 4K core stack. 110V
Keys kan be used from a pdp8/e - they're the same. But not from pdp8/m. Those have the wrong colour.
The PC05 is a strange machine: The reader portion of it was used on a pdp8/e (PC8E interface).
Normally you use PC04 for pdp8 computers. The reader part seems to be compatible. The punch part is
untested. Mechanics look fine. I guess that there are also missing boards on the punch side. Nice
condition though. No cover, 110V.
Location: Northern Germany (Hannover, Kiel).
Open for reasonable offers. Can send packages up to 30kg. TU56 can be shipped in two packages.
pdp8/m fits a package. 8/L cannot be shipped internationally.
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
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