FS : IBM Magnetic cards for IBM selectric "compocarte" (?)

Guy Dunphy guykd at optusnet.com.au
Fri Jan 3 09:38:03 CST 2020

Bah, attached photos don't work. OK, the pic is here:


At 10:51 PM 3/01/2020 +1100, you wrote:
>Huh, that's a coincidence. Going through a recent bequeathment to the Australian Computer Museum Society,
>I'd just yesterday opened a box with manuals, some cards, and other bits for the same system. 
>See pic, with manual cover illustration of the system.
>It was IBM trying to produce a word processor and email, before the technology was really up to it.
>You typed onto paper, with backspacing and overtyping to get it right, then saved to the mag card.
>That could be read back and printed out, to get a clean copy. Then you could snail mail the mag card
>to someone with another machine. Or just post the printed letter I suppose, but how old fashioned!
>A lease document with the set shows that in 1981 the price was $5000 (AU). Or leased over 48 months,
>total rent of $6682.
>My job now is to find out what happened to the actual machine, since the contents list says it's
>present, but it isn't.
>Fun fact: according to the listing the modified selectric typewriter (heavy) and the magcard 82 processor
>(cabinet in the photo, supposedly about 50 Kg) are linked by a "non-plugged cable". Brilliant.
>At 10:46 AM 3/01/2020 +0100, you wrote:
>>A guy, in Europ, sells a box of IBM magnetic cards, used on IBM 
>>"Compcarte" ( sorry, french "name" )
>>They seems in medium state, at least,  but I think these are pretty 
>>rare. So, if somebody is interested .....

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