Classic computer ads from the October 1976 issue of "Popular Electronics"
dkelvey at hotmail.com
Sat Feb 17 10:57:28 CST 2007
>From: woodelf <bfranchuk at jetnet.ab.ca>
>Joachim Thiemann wrote:
>>Thanks to someone (my GF :-) that knows all the tricks of pdfs, the
>>scans are now actually quite small - 209k for the biggest. I've put
>>them on my home server, so please be gentle :-)
>READ READ READ -- DOWNLOAD DOWNLOAD -- READ READ ... :)
>Well better than -HACK HACK HACK - I guess.
>Looking at all the ads it seems you were expected to have 12K BASIC
>on the POLY 88 with only 5 slots -- CPU , Display , Basic on ROM ,
>Two memory cards. The Altair 680 looks to be much the same.
I don't think the 12K BASIC for the Poly88 was ever in ROM.
It was always cassette based as far as I know.
I got a DynaByte memory board kit with 16K of RAM that I
latter expanded to 48K ( 16K DRAM chips ).
I did have a BASIC in ROM but that was PaloAlto Tiny BASIC.
The ROM's were all on the CPU board ( three 2708's ).
There was also a floppy controller as well ( hard sectored ).
one could put all the needed ROM on the CPU card. No need
to fill the slots. The Bus could be expanded if needed.
I've since collected a bunch of cassette based software, including
and assembler for the Poly 88. It was a simple line editor and
assembler in one load.
I have a number of applications as well. If anyone is interested,
I can send it in an image format. If your Poly 88 has a serial port
( not hard to add if it doesn't ), I wrote a down loader so that
one can save things to tape.
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