Terminals ( was Re: HP 2000F' )
jwest at classiccmp.org
Fri Dec 22 16:38:25 CST 2006
> What's an ACT terminal?
There was a terminal manufacturer located in Saint Louis, MO around the 70's
& 80's called "MicroTerm". They made quite a number of terminals that were
popular across the US. As it turns out, the folks at MicroTerm had a
relationship with my high school (St. Louis University High) such that they
often delivered prototype and/or beta terminals free of charge or at a
reduced price so that we could test them and give them feedback, find bugs,
Some of the terminals they made were called ACT I, ACT II, ACT IV, ACT Va,
MIME 1, MIME 2, MIME 340, MIME 420, and Ergo 2000. I'm sure there were
others, but those are the ones I have a manual or sales sheet or some other
specific proof that they existed.
I know for sure that our high school had an ACT IV as the system console (it
replaced an ASR 33), and I believe the user terminals were ACT II, ACT V,
and MIME 1's. In addition to these microterm terminals, we also had four
LA120's and a MiniBee 4.
The ACT IV was unlike the others. It was a terminal but had no crt. It had
75ohm video out that was typically hooked to a small 9" monitor. It was
available assembled or as a kit. I happen to have one of these - working.
With a 9" sanyo monitor, user manual, and service manual with schematics,
theory of operation, etc.
I would give my left arm for a Mime I or Mime II, or a Minibee 4.
Oh, some time ago I looked up the VP of Engineering for MicroTerm. He sent
me a nice email talking about his time at MicroTerm and he was glad someone
still remembered them and their terminals. He seemed a bit surprised. I
asked if he had any hardware or documentation left over, he said no.
When I picked up a bunch of stuff a few years back from my high school, I
got multiple copies of many of the MicroTerm manuals. I've tried seeing if
there's interest in them but no one seems to want 'em. I also have a manual
for the MiniBee 4.
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