Suggestions for a mini?
tomj at wps.com
Wed Sep 14 20:39:00 CDT 2005
I'd like to solicit suggestions for a mini...
I have this Nova 4, http://wps.com/NOVA4, but it's taking up too
much space, physical and psychic. I do want a mini-era machine,
and after some thought, I worked out what I'd like to get from
What I want is a basic stripped machine, with CRT console and
high-speed paper tape reader, and a low-speed punch (this last is
variable), and standlone utilities. It must have a front panel.
I've used such on two platforms (Varian 622/i, Nova 1200) and it's
precisely the sort of (relatively) low-maintenance, high-geek
vintage experience I want.
So I'd like to trade my kilopound of DG gear, documentation,
tapes, fiche, etc for about 100 lbs of minicomputer.
I'd prefer a DG Nova, General Automation, Varian, or other non-DEC
brand. (No offense to DECcies, I have a strong preference for off
the beaten path.)
Even or especially one-off oddball or unpopular, or slow, or ugly
machines. Off models, step-cousin machines etc. Poorly optioned
(eg. math or fancy interfaces).
Something like (but of course unlikely to be sucha popular model):
16 or 32k words
lpt port or equiv
I have generic high-speed paper tape readers, serial interface. I
don't care if peripheral brands match.
It would be nice to have reel tape support.
Any suggestions on interesting and obtainable machines?
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