Strange VT50 Decscope
RodSmallwood at mail.ediconsulting.co.uk
Fri Jun 15 17:42:32 CDT 2007
I vaguely remember a rumour about a cheap kit terminal to go with the
The boards are that paper based stuff you see in consumer electronics.
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Subject: Re: Strange VT50 Decscope
>From: Vincent Slyngstad
>A friend of mine who is a former DEC employee once told me a war story
>about being given a "prototype" terminal to take home. He said the
>PCBs were thin, and kind of flexible, like the cardboard sheets in the
>back of a tablet of paper, and the thing was very tempermental -- even
>after you got it working again the MTBF was in hours. He said he
>eventually threw the accursed thing away.
>I wonder if this is one of those?
It definitely sounds like one of these, except that the guy said he used
this one for about 6 years. I have posted more pictures of this odd
terminal. The board in the back is warped and kinda flimsy looking.
Check out the pictures:
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