From: Paul Koning
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 6:41 AM
> And while there is roughly-accurate simulation of DECtape in SIMH (presumably
> for TOPS-10 overlapped seek to work?)
It's not for Tops-10. SimH only provides the KS-10 processor, so DECtape is
not a possible peripheral.
 Although there is a KA-10 in the works.
> From: Grant Taylor
> I'm on a list where it seems as if a frequent contributer uses an MUA
> that does not send In-Reply-To or References headers at all. It doesn't
> even send a User-Agent header. *sigh*
That's me, I expect.
I used to use a TOPS-20 email reader called MM, and when I moved my email to a
Unix machine, there was a version of MM I used there, then something happened
(I forget what) and I couldn't use that any more.
I do have access to a more modern email reader (Eudora), but don't like it; I
just stick with old, simple stuff I know how to use. I don't have the spare
brain cells / energy to switch.
After going through I've-forgotten-how-many editors (starting with TECO, then
'ed'), text formatting systems, operating systems, email readers, etc, etc I
have a _very_ simple rule about switching software: is the old stuff I'm using
utterly, irretrievably unusable? If not, ignore the new stuff. Eventually
it'll be obsolete too. And in the meantime, I'll have saved countless cycles
by not going through the hassle of switching to it. Life's too short.
Well, I bought that DEC Pro 350 on ebay. It initially booted up and I got
the error screen. The error code I found on the Internet was related to
the hard disk controller. So, I thought I just needed someone to sell/give
me some systems disks for the unit and I could try to setup the drive again
if it still functioned.
Then, it after a couple of restarts (I re-seated the boards and cleaned the
connectors) it stopped showing the error screen (with picture of the
computer). All the diagnostic lights are red on the back and nothing ever
shows on the screen. The power comes on and then nothing.
If anyone has any thoughts, I would appreciate it. I knew the history of
this type of computer and figured it was a long shot. I am just
disappointed to have gotten really nowhere with it.
> From: Kurt Hamm
> If anyone has any thoughts, I would appreciate it.
You probably already know this, but... My sense is that a collector of
classic computers has to be able to diagnose and repair at the component
level - get in there with an oscilloscope and a set of prints (creating the
latter, if need be), and find the busted chip/transistor.
It's like collecting old cars - if you collect old cars, you have to be able
to work on them (or like Jay Leno, be rich and hire someone else who can -
although given that Jay worked at an auto dealer 'back in the day', he
apparently does know a fair amount).
Which isn't going to help much with this particular problem, maybe some of
the other replies will help.
I recently discovered a complete Honeywell DDP-516 console on Ebay. It
is a charity auction, ending tomorrow.
I am the high bidder (hachti, 600-some points) and BEG YOU ALL NOT TO
BID on it!
I already entered a crazy high bid anyway bid so please don't bid on it.
I am one of the very very very few people who have an actual DDP-516
machine and can really use this as a spare for a real machine.
Again, PLEASE refrain from bidding up this item!
If you are the owner of a "headless" machine who is in need for the
front panel: please contact me, so we can avoid an explosion on Ebay.
Thank you very much.
Hi all --
I'm working on fixing up a Tektronix 4404 workstation (runs
Smalltalk-80!).? Or rather, I'm trying to collect the needed parts to
assemble a complete system so that I might fix up said system -- at the
moment I have only the main CPU unit (but hey, it's a good starting
point).? I am looking for:
- Keyboard (Tektronix P/N 119-1872-00)
- Mouse (Logitech P7-3F-TX-19-1808-00).? This is likely a standard
3-button quadrature mouse but if I can find the exact match, so much the
- Mass Storage (Tektronix model 4944, possibly others?? This is a SCSI
device containing a hard drive on a SCSI->MFM bridge and 5.25" floppy
drive on a custom SCSI->floppy interface.)
If anyone happens to have spares or knows anyone who might, please let
me know.? Thanks as always!
So, all this talk about panels made me making an oak frame for an
IBM panel I had lingering around in the attic for a while.
Still need to make a back panel to close it tough.
The cables were already cut when I got it.
Ik email, dus ik besta.
I recently, on a trip to Oregon, finally got a compatible ECL monitor for my Sun 2. It came with a rather nice Sun 3/260, which I?d like to run as well.
So I thought I?d put out a beg here- I?m so close to finishing this.
I need to shake loose a keyboard and mouse for a Sun 2.
Would anyone be willing to sell me one? I?m not expecting a handout; they would be paid for and well loved.
On a related note, I?d love to run the 3/260 as well: What I?d like to do for that is hunt down a Sun color framebuffer for it so I can use a more common display. (and of course, enjoy the wonders of color).
I?m not sure what the options there are, but I have a nice scan converter so just about any compatible color framebuffer will do. I can then totally repurpose the monitor I?ve just found for my 2/120.
So, in the words of another immortal list member, ?advice hints ?????
Thanks in advance,