What's the rarest or most unusual computer-related item do you own?

Douglas Taylor dj.taylor4 at comcast.net
Wed Jan 11 10:24:43 CST 2017

On 1/10/2017 5:29 PM, dwight wrote:
> I have  Nicolet 1080. It is a 20 bit computer and has
> 12Kx20 core memory.
> To my knowledge, there are only 5 of these remaining in existence.
> Only 375 were said to have been made.
> Mine is mostly working but the last time I ran it, it had disk problems.
> I need to debug it.
> Dwight
I used one of those in the early 1980's at the Naval Research Lab in 
Wash DC.
A TI Silent 700 was the terminal and a Diablo removable disk held the OS.
The system was used with an equally rare Block Engineering 197RS Fourier
Transform Spectrometer to measure infrared spectra.
The signals from the spectrometer were collected on an HP instrumentation
tape recorder and digitized in the 1080 for processing.
I remember programming the damn thing in Fortran.  I had a lot of patience
in those days.


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