Id love to see the old Plato running again.
Does anyone here know anyone that worked or was involved in Plato closely
and might be able to get some kinda "emulator" project going off the ground?
Well, when someone comes up with a CDC-110 smart termmiinal or emulator,
I will be pleased to supply copies of the CP/M-2.2 and Diagnostics disks
Writing up a terminal emulator might not be dramatic
but emulating the
cybers that ran plato might be more of a challenge...
This would be totaly wild and while I dont have a lotta time for stuff like
this...this one would probably get some attention from me...
And if I could find listing of some games I had written, Id go totaly
wild...SPACE ATTACK was one of them.
Seems TELUQ (Tele-Universitee here in Quebec) was very involved in Plato.
But I have yet to find some people from "back then"....
----- Original Message -----
From: "Curt Vendel" <curt(a)atarimuseum.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2002 11:00 AM
Subject: Re: Plato terminal
Besides collecting it, is there anything you can do with it??? Has
found any of the original CDC Plato servers and
been able to restore them
functionality so that Plato terminals could be
connected and tried out???
I own several of the Atari 800 Plato carts that turn an Atari into a
Terminal using the Graphics 8 mode with animated
graphics. I remember
signing up and trying it out in 1984-85 or so I
was was amazed at the
which code was sent to the computer to draw
graphics, create animations
Douglas Quebbeman wrote:
> > This is two years late, but the terminal the original poster describes
> > sounds like an IST (model 1), a CRT-based CDC product, vintage about
> > There was a later edition called the
IST-II, also CDC. It had two 8"
> > and a Z-80 CPU, as well as connectivity
to CDC PLATO mainframe
> > either by dialup modem (1200 bps) or
> Actually, I was the original poster; a reply to me mentioned the
> terminal you're describing.
> > The IST is not the oldest PLATO terminal, but it is the oldest that
> > manufactured, I suspect. Even my PLATO
IV (Magnavox, 1971) is not the
> > oldest, but only the first mass-produced machine. The earliest ones
> > about 1961 and there are probably only
two or three still in
> > we're lucky enough to have that
many. A precursor to these would be
> > Crowder's Auto-Tutor, vintage about
1958, which has characteristics
> > similar to the PLATO terminals (though
it is not a computer terminal,
> > operates on filmstrip media), and
PLATO's mechanisms are said to have
> > influenced by this machine.
> It's one of the mid-70s Magnavox plasma displays I'm looking for...
> Say, are you able to connect to NovaNET with the magnavox terminal? if
> so, we should meet for a game of Empire or Avatar some time (although
> I'm sure you'll wipe me out).... or maybe a more civilized game of