The IEEE student group that I belong to here at
Oklahoma State just ran across an old z-80 based
machine called a paraDynamics PRONTO.
It seems to be a CP/M machine (we have a box of
floppies for the twin 8" drives, and some are
marked CP/M 86 and Microsoft Basic, etc.)
The guy who was gonna chunk it in the trash said
it had a USRobotics 1200 Baud modem and a 20 Meg
HD along with 64K or RAM.
He threw in a VT and soon as we can jumper around
the rusty keyswitch, we hope to get some type of
neat program to run on it for the heck of it,
we threw around the idea of a BBS (albeit a slow
one) possibly written in the BASIC that came with
Has anyone used such a machine? Lets definately
keep up the thread on BBSes and if we write it
in a 4gl language, maybe a second list can be set
up for the distribution of source code.
BTW: we also got an IBM 5130.... It boots on
a READY prompt, but we have NO CLUE what to do
with it! We think the printer could be used
as a boat anchor.
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Well, it was a little bit disappointing for me. _NO_ old Radio Shack
equipment, no old AT&T Unix PC stuff, and I wanted to find a Sinclair
or two. I saw a few machines in the Apple II and C-64 categories,
but I've never been big on the 6502. So my main acquisitions were a
Sun Sparc 4/360 Unix system for $400, since I have a definite nitch
for that in my little network, and a Motorola 6820 which I have no
idea yet as to its contents, but at five dollars ($5.00) for a 100lb+
VMEbus box, I was willing to take a flyer. It's got to run at least
_something_ related to Unix or OS-9. (Oh, and I got a free PC/AT
which I'll be building into a word processor for a friend of my
fiance). I also bought a new P133 notebook, but that doesn't cut any
ice around this mailing list of course.
Guess I'll actually have to start haunting the thrift stores.
"Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails
of the last priest." [Denis Diderot, "Dithyrambe sur la fete de rois"]