modern serial terminal
M H Stein
dm561 at torfree.net
Sun Nov 4 13:24:41 CST 2007
Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2007 12:55:10 -0500
From: Dave McGuire <mcguire at neurotica.com>
Subject: Re: modern serial terminal
On Nov 4, 2007, at 12:39 PM, woodelf wrote:
>>> I really cannot fathom why people keep suggesting a computer when
>>> the OP wanted a *terminal*.
>> A 6809 terminal sounds easy. :)
> And fun!
A moot distinction; what's the difference? If you must have a terminal box
instead of just running your vintage hardware from the computer on your
desk, just take an old laptop, remove the (perhaps broken) display, stick a
USB or Flash disk in it to boot and run emulation S/W from, plug in your
keyboard, display and RS-232 cable and how's that different in any real
sense from a fancy terminal? CPU, EEPROM, RAM and I/O; sounds the
same to me, and probably free...
Except of course for the added features of programmability, extra memory,
up/download and text capture capability, network access, RS-232<>Internet
bridge capability, printer & USB ports, alternate keyboard, modem, etc.
I've got a dozen terminals here gathering dust; my small 486 Compaq laptop
is portable and way more convenient. The only terminal I have kept on my desk
is a Cromemco C-5 to run one particular HD diagnostic program because AFAIK
there isn't an emulator for Cromemco 3101-style terminals, but a couple of
us are working on it so I hope to be able to retire that one as well soon.
I have to admit that using an XT doesn't make much sense to me either though;
why would anyone... (oh, oh, starting to sound like Tony...)
If you insist, I have a couple of 6502-based Linger 65/9028VT terminal
boards (abt 6"x4", Heath/Televideo/Hazeltine/ANSI etc.) and also a bunch of
8631/8563-based Crestline CT-128 colour terminals in enclosures
(abt 8"x5"x2", Intecolor, VGA/composite); the only catch is that there's no
source available for the EPROMs AFAIK (although there _might_ be).
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