Thinning out the collection a bit, I've got a Siemens Nixdorf RM200C
for sale running Sinix. There's some information about this machine on
http://www.linux-mips.org/wiki/RM_200 but basically it's a Unix machine
>from SNI with 133Mhz R47000 MIPS processor running their variant of
Unix. I've also got a documentation set and two original sets of
installation cd's for Sinix. Weight is not too bad for shipping, it's
basically a standard desktop PC.
Weirdstuff "rescued" (didn't scrap) a Xerox 860 and held it for me to check out.
I did so, and it appears to be complete (w/o diskettes, unfortunately). It consists of the 860 CPU w/(2) 8" FDD, Keyboard, Monitor and Printer. I did not open it up to inspect it.
Here's a couple of links on this system:
(The CHM link is a PDF of the original 860 brochure...)
If you are interested in acquiring this system, please contact me off list and I'll let you know who to contact at WS.
I have no financial interest in this transaction...
Lyle Bickley, AF6WS
Bickley Consulting West Inc.
"Black holes are where God is dividing by zero"
I know someone who wants to recover data from one of these 10MB disk packs. They have no drive, no RLV12 controller and (unsurprisingly) no PDP-11.
I haven?t seen the disk pack in question so I have absolutely no idea of the condition although I am led to believe it has been looked after, stored properly and doesn?t have a crash...! Of course the pack owner has no idea of the data they?re after (whether it be ASCII, EBCDIC, binary etc..) so that?s another unknown quantity!
Is there anyone here who is able to assist with this? Maybe initially to produce a binary image of the disk for further exploration? If yes, (how much) would you charge for this service?
I have an ancient Data I/O Series 22 Prom programmer, and I'm looking for the manual/device list. I haven't used it in many years, but I know I have the paper manual with the setup instructions and such, but then there was also an expanded device list with setup codes that I had as a text file. Does anyone have that device list text file? I tried google, but wasn't able to locate it. I know I have to have it around here somewhere, either on a computer or printed out, but I can't find it for the life of me.
March 27, 2011
Paul Baran, Internet Pioneer, Dies at 84
By KATIE HAFNER
Paul Baran, an engineer who helped create the technical underpinnings for
the Arpanet, the government-sponsored precursor to today?s Internet, died
Saturday night at his home in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 84.
The cause was complications from lung cancer, said his son, David.
In the early 1960s, while working at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica,
Calif., Mr. Baran outlined the fundamentals for packaging data into discrete
bundles, which he called ?message blocks.? The bundles are then sent on
various paths around a network and reassembled at their destination. Such a
plan is known as ?packet switching.?
Mr. Baran?s idea was to build a distributed communications network, less
vulnerable to attack or disruption than conventional networks. In a series
of technical papers published in the 1960s he suggested that networks be
designed with redundant routes so that if a particular path failed or was
destroyed, messages could still be delivered through another.
Mr. Baran?s invention was so far ahead of its time that in the mid-1960s,
when he approached AT&T with the idea to build his proposed network, the
company insisted it would not work and refused.
?Paul wasn?t afraid to go in directions counter to what everyone else
thought was the right or only thing to do,? said Vinton Cerf, a vice
president at Google who was a colleague and longtime friend of Mr. Baran?s.
?AT&T repeatedly said his idea wouldn?t work, and wouldn?t participate in
the Arpanet project,? he said.
In 1969, the Defense Department?s Advanced Research Projects Agency built
the Arpanet, a network that used Mr. Baran?s ideas, and those of others. The
Arpanet was eventually replaced by the Internet, and packet switching still
lies at the heart of the network?s internal workings.
Paul Baran was born on April 29, 1926, in Grodno, Poland. His parents moved
to the United States in 1928, and Mr. Baran grew up in Philadelphia. His
father was a grocer, and as a boy, Paul delivered orders to customers in a
small red wagon.
He attended the Drexel Institute of Technology, which later became Drexel
University, where he earned a bachelor?s degree in electrical engineering in
1949. He took his first job at the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation in
Philadelphia, testing parts of radio tubes for an early commercial computer,
the Univac. In 1955, he married Evelyn Murphy, and they moved to Los
Angeles, where Mr. Baran took a job at Hughes Aircraft working on radar data
processing systems. He enrolled in night classes at the University of
California, Los Angeles.
Mr. Baran received a master?s degree in engineering from U.C.L.A. in 1959.
Gerald Estrin, who was Mr. Baran?s adviser, said Mr. Baran was the first
student he ever had who actually went to the Patent Office in Washington to
investigate whether his master?s work, on character recognition, was
?From that day on, my expectations of him changed,? Dr. Estrin said. ?He
wasn?t just a serious student, but a young man who was looking to have an
effect on the world.?
In 1959, Mr. Baran left Hughes to join RAND?s computer science department.
He quickly developed an interest in the survivability of communications
systems in the event of a nuclear attack, and spent the next several years
at RAND working on a series of 13 papers ? two of them classified ? under
contract to the Air Force, titled, ?On Distributed Communications.?
About the same time that Mr. Baran had his idea, similar plans for creating
such networks were percolating in the computing community. Donald Davies of
the British National Physical Laboratory, working a continent away, had a
similar idea for dividing digital messages into chunks he called packets.
?In the golden era of the early 1960s, these ideas were in the air,? said
Leonard Kleinrock, a computer scientist at U.C.L.A. who was working on
similar networking systems in the 1960s.
Mr. Baran left RAND in 1968 to co-found the Institute for the Future, a
nonprofit research group specializing in long-range forecasting.
Mr. Baran was also an entrepreneur. He started seven companies, five of
which eventually went public.
In recent years, the origins of the Internet have been subject to claims and
counterclaims of precedence, and Mr. Baran was an outspoken proponent of
distributing credit widely.
?The Internet is really the work of a thousand people,? he said in an
interview in 2001.
?The process of technological developments is like building a cathedral,? he
said in an interview in 1990. ?Over the course of several hundred years, new
people come along and each lays down a block on top of the old foundations,
each saying, ?I built a cathedral.?
?Next month another block is placed atop the previous one. Then comes along
an historian who asks, ?Well, who built the cathedral?? Peter added some
stones here, and Paul added a few more. If you are not careful you can con
yourself into believing that you did the most important part. But the
reality is that each contribution has to follow onto previous work.
Everything is tied to everything else.?
Mr. Baran?s wife, Evelyn, died in 2007. In addition to his son, David, of
Atherton, Calif., he is survived by three grandchildren; and his companion
of recent years, Ruth Rothman.
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I already scrapped most of it, so what is left is the set of boards,
manuals, floppies and a mag tape, and one 8" hard drive. The boards
can fit in a medium flat rate box (I think, unless I missed something,
but it's a tight fit, depends how much bubble wrap I use) and the
manuals and disks etc. can go media mail, which will be quite cheap
considering the bulk. Anybody want it or should I just finally throw
it all in the recycling bin?
> It's a single circuit board, on a frame that mounts in a half height 5 1/4" bay. The
> face has a little two line LCD, and some buttons and lights. The board itself is made by CMD.
> Seems to be model CSB-2200/SDS.
A slightly later iteration of CMD RAID controller (note that this is, in the true SCSI sense,
a "controller" and not a "host adapter with smarts") has a bit more condensed
packaging and very similar user interface:
Chronology: CRD-5440 was late 90's. I'm guessing the one you have is an earlier iteration, early 90's?
As I continue to clean, I continue to unearth stuff I no longer have too
much of a need for. For example, I have no idea why I have 10
classic-form-factor Macintoshes. Sure, they're cute, but perhaps ten is
too many? Perhaps you would like one of them? Here they are:
- Mac 512Ke - Needs repair (analog board needs some TLC). Someone at
some point hacked the rear case up in order to fit a Mac Plus
motherboard in there (different port arrangement). Otherwise, a fine
looking Mac (yellowed as they all seem to be.) I can provide this with
both the 512K board and the Plus board, if you want.
- Mac SE - No hard drive or floppy, analog board needs repair, serious
screen burn-in, and the case is fairly yellowed. No case screws. Looks
like 4mb of memory.
- Mac Classic - In great shape (no yellowing), 4mb RAM, 80mb drive,
currently has System 7.5 on it. Screen size vacillates a bit on disk
access, perhaps a power supply problem?
- Mac Classic II - In great external condition (no yellowing at all) but
shows signs of bad RAM at startup (vertical bars on the display). I
cannot find my mac-cracking Torx wrench or I'd open it up and verify
what it's got in it. Screen looks nice, drive spins up...
I also have a pair of spare Mac SE boards. I do not know if they work,
but I see no reason why not. They look to be fully populated with 4mb
No keyboards or mice are included with these (oddly enough, I find
myself without any to spare...)
Anyone interested? I'll be donating these to RE-PC in Seattle next
weekend if there are no interested parties here. I'd prefer local
pickup, but I could probably be convinced to ship these, since they're
pretty small and easy to pack...