Fred Cisin wrote:
> Opened to public at 10:00 AM, by which time, the vendors had been buying
> each others stuff for quite a while. "It's worth getting a vendor table,
> just for the early admission!"
That's true for just about any hamfest/swap meet, isn't it? Buy stuff right
of the back of the truck as it is unloaded.
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So, anyone happen to know the font used in DEC's indicator panels:
or, at least, a very close match?
For mockups we're doing, Dave B is using 'DejaVu Sans', but that's not a
really close match: the vertical bars are wider than in the DEC font, where
the verticals and horizontals are the same width.
It would be nice to have a closer match when we go to turn out replicas.
(We're just about settled on the format for the QSIC RKV11-F/RPV11-D panels.)
A BILL GODBOUT TALE? C-? Ed Sharpe? Archivist? for SMECC
BEWARE THIS NARTIVE WANDERS>?
A very old friend Bill Godbout of the s100 computer days and my first real commercial buyer of any large quantity of surplus electronics material from me when I went into the early part of my computer store and surplus electronics business was burned in the fire in Paradise I have been informed. Very sad - He was a great guy - I met him at a computer fair in as I remember San Jose California ? I believe it was at the fairgrounds ? (Fair was run by a pleasant guy (was his name Craig or? Can someone clarify?) with the neatest 59 El Camino Chevy Truck (Prior to this I had never seen a ?59 before (I would love one!) Steve Beleauh (sp?) in High School had a ?64 ) were I had taken mainly a bunch of odds and ends but also some 8 inch floppy disc power supplies that Intel had scrapped at Empire metals ( Gary and Ray no doubt had something to do with those ending up there ? Hi guys!) and a box of AC power cords and some parts and stuff now what would be considered scrap too....Bill Godbout had set up to sell. (of course, he had all kids of computer stuff his company produced and other things he was a vendor for... He was a big guy in the BIZ in those days, We of course had some power cords and Bill and I when talking got on the topic of power cords for computers ... the new style...like all out pcs use now. ( the prior version on one end the normal 3 prog plug in the wall plug and the other had oval ends and round pins... and were available all over but not so the "NEW" style ( like we use now) I ended up with many many palate loads ITT Courier Terminal Company in Tempe Arizona ( They made IBM clone cluster terminal system -? but unlike? the? IBM? terminals? had? non-clicking? keyboards)) was surplussing ... and had calculated the quantity and cost carefully and beat the Finkelstein Brothers -> Mhz Electronics and Semiconductor Surplus... Richard at MHz still alive Steve at Semi Passed away)... ALAS!! The brothers miscalculated or used that as a reason for not getting the lot in later conversations, but It set us up with more damn cords that I ever imagined I could even sell.
ANYWAY... First deal I did with him.... Telling Bill Godbout of all these cords he says ... well... "TRUST ME" ... "ship them to me and on receipt I will send you a check!" and then he jokes about I shouldn?t trust anyone in this business saying TRUST ME! But I did and true to his word his check arrived which set me up with enough cash to make many other great buys of Minicomputers, parts and terminals as I started out. Actually I think that is were the money came from to buy my first PDP-8 from Richard at MHz Electronics he had laying about. It was a 8M or 8F like an 8E with omnibus but short case so only accepting one Buss backplane and it used LEDS in the front panel vs the light bulbs the 8E used. (I was later able to sell this for a large sum thus? increasing the ?Computer Exchange? working capital.
Thanks Bill. You will always be in our book as one of the original good guys.... and thanks for being someone I could trust in dealings. God in Heaven... Take good care of old Bill for me...
Today I picked up a Rainbow 100. The seller bought it new for a specific
need and he says that it had been sitting in his barn since '84. It
looks like it was a dry barn because things look pretty clean for the
most part aside from a thick layer of dust on everything.
What I got was the system unit, a VR201 monitor, a keyboard, a vertical
deskside stand for the system unit, and a LQP02 daisy wheel printer. I
also got the MS-DOS and CP/M doc and software slip cover boxes. The CP/M
disk box is still sealed and the CP/M docs are still in shrink wrap. The
specific need that the seller bought it for involved MS-DOS, not CP/M.
I last saw a Rainbow 100 in college around the time that the seller
stopped using this system, so I am getting familiar with it now. I
haven't powered anything on yet.
Problems so far -
1. The VR201 monitor is leaking a brown fluid. Doing a little searching,
I found some stuff posted here a couple years ago about it being common
for them to leak PVA compound, so I am presuming what is what I am
seeing. Right now I am looking for something that describes how to open
the case up to clean the stuff up. If someone can give me some pointers
to some docs/write-ups and save me some time, that would be great.
2. The belt that moves the print head is dried out and looks like, if
the motor put any load on the belt, it will fail. Is any kind of
Thanks for any help that can be provided.
I hadn't started this DEC Alpha 3000-300 since last summer, and booted
it up so I could load the new PAK's the other day.
The result was that it completes almost the entire OpenVMS startup, but
then crashes with the following:
%SET-I-INTSET, login interactive limit = 64, current interactive value = 0
**** OpenVMS Alpha Operating System V8.4???? - BUGCHECK ****
** Bugcheck code = 000001CC: INVEXCEPTN, Exception while above ASTDEL
** Crash CPU: 00000000??? Primary CPU: 00000000??? Node Name: A300
** Highest CPU number:??? 00000000
** Active CPUs:?????????? 00000000.00000001
** Current Process:?????? DECW$STARTUP
** Current PSB ID:??????? 00000001
** Image Name: A300$DKA0:[SYS0.SYSCOMMON.][SYSEXE]DECW$CONFIG.EXE;1
**** Starting selective memory dump at? 8-NOV-2018 21:57...
The disk is a SCSI2SD board with an 8 GB SD card.? It had been running
just fine, until now.
Does this crash point to a hardware or software problem?
> From: Jason T
> According to my notes, for the VCFMW8 shirts ... I used DIN Next Pro
> Rounded Medium for the panel text, although the font I had in my work
> directory is "DIN 1451 Fette Breitschrift 1936". That is probably the
> font next to the knob on the right and the bit numbers above the
Yeah, that latter is the one we're looking for (mostly). (I tried downloading
a couple of copies, but for some reason I don't understand the font viewer on
my Windoze box wouldn't show them; from what I could see online, it looked
close.) The DEC font uses a zero with a slash, but it's otherwise close.
> There is no reason to think these are the original DEC panel fonts, just
> what I found to be "close enough" at the time.
I communicated with the person who posted on alt.folklore.computers. The
person is a close relative of Bill's; thus, the information about his
tragic passing is true/confirmed.
The person added, "He was living in Oreville, California and perished in
his home on Thursday, Nov. 8. ... Bill was a great man, and THE smartest
person I've ever known."
Please do not disturb the AFC poster as they're in mourning.
Evan Koblentz, director
Vintage Computer Federation
a 501(c)3 educational non-profit
evan at vcfed.org