On Mon, 11 Dec 2006 19:06:06 +0100 (CET)
Christian Corti <cc at corti-net.de> wrote:
On Mon, 11 Dec 2006, Al Kossow wrote:
I have some additional material on the 960 that
isn't up yet on
bitsavers. The 960 and 980 share some peripheral interfaces.
Good to know.
Did you end up with the 990 system as well?
Yes, it's a 990/10 with 192kB RAM along with a FD800 dual floppy disk
drive and a DS10 cartridge disk drive, all mounted into an original
TI rack. The system needs heavy cleaning, but I'm confident that we
will be able to make it running again, it appears to be a nice system.
Nice... I have a number of TI systems including a /10, all of which are
unfortunately in what might laughingly be called storage, in
trubly abominable conditions at the moment. Whenever I get proper
storage and more importantly, usable workspace/shop facilities, I will
possibly have some spare /10 memory boards, should you need.
Side note to Al and to Guntis Sprenne, if he's still on the list, I
still have the 990/1 manuals, schematics, etc. Guntis sent me a while
back, and will still be scanning them in as soon as I'm able. If
folks will pardon me for being a bit vague (legal considerations,
etc.), but between illiterati disdain and technophobia on the one hand,
and the self-appointed NWO post-9/11 adhocratic police-state
government-contracting insurance/healthcare-providing cluster-fsck
fear-mongering petit-bourgeois arbiters of virtue fawning over the
likes of either Richard Florida (shit, where were you in '72, mister?)
or Pat Robertson/Ralph Reed/Dr. Dobson/Jack Kingston, etc. on the
other, it's just damned hard for a good 'ol Georgia boy to get along
out here in the sticks without something your average trade-school
dropout *wannabe*, between puffs from a crack pipe or meth stick, can
get his head around as being a "real job", especially once you lose any
kind of dependable net connectivity. I persevere, but I'll have to ask
people to be patient, unless a George Soros or somebody maybe less
"political" wants to kick something in for a good cause. It's a safe
bet no rich Baptist Republicans will. Sorry if I seem to rant, but you
just don't know the crap I've gone through just to keep my vintage
stuff from going to the landfill.
BTW, they're not 960's but I do have a couple of VPU 200's (9900 CPU)
that have CRU bus serial I/O. Many thanks to Al, Dave Pitts, Guntis, et
al. who have re-opened the possibility I will be able to run TX990,
Forth, or something similar on them instead of just the relay ladder
programming that normally comes with them.