some old stuff

Andrew Davie andrew at taswegian.com
Sun Mar 25 20:56:17 CDT 2007


Some pictures of my "data numerics DL-8A" are available in a zip file at
http://www.taswegian.com/datanumerics.zip

Cheers

A



 

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From: Andrew Davie [mailto:andrew at taswegian.com] 
Sent: Thursday, 22 March 2007 3:36 PM
To: 'cctalk at classiccmp.org'
Subject: some old stuff

 

Hey all

I've been in and out of the classic computer collecting 'circles' over the
past decade and a half, but these days don't have much time to play with the
old toys.  I thought I'd divest myself of some of the items that I've been
collecting and though I wasn't sure if it were appropriate to advertise 'for
sale' on the list, it's probably OK to let people know that I have these
items and that I'll be happy to provide pictures and/or information for
historical reasons.  If you are interested in trade/sale discussion please
contact me privately (andrew - at - taswegian.com).  General questions about
functionality/history can go to the list.

I have a DataNumerics DL-8A.  This is possibly the only one still alive,
certainly the only one I've heard of in a decade+ in collectors' hands.
It's a front-panel machine very much like an early Altair - lots of blinking
lights.  Very nice visuals, and appears to work perfectly - I fire it up
every year or so.  Inside it's an 8080, I think - haven't had it open for a
while.  Totally wirewrapped, quite neatly made. and with a low serial number
in the 20s, from memory.  I'll be happy to do images and/or provide
additional information as requested.

I also have a Dulmont Magnum with original manual.  This is one of the very
first laptops, comes with a fold-up 4-line LCD display.  I haven't had this
one working, nor have I tried.  I'd be guessing to say it was functional,
but there are no obvious issues like battery damage, etc.  Weighs a ton, but
for its day it was no doubt a portable marvel.

I do have an extensive collection of early Soviet calculators and handheld
computers.  I collected most of these in the mid to late '90s when building
my site Museum of Soviet Calculators -
http://www.taswegian.com/MOSCOW/soviet.html .  The collection includes a
prototype or two, including one of the only two known MK-98 machines.  The
collection as a whole (100 machines?), but not individually is available for
trade/sale.

Finally, I have a very interesting homebrew machine built by a fairly well
known Australian electrical wizard of the '70s and '80s, who published many
articles in the aussie electronics magazines.  This particular machine was a
Signetics 2650 machine, but configured to run 8080 code (and hence, CP/M)
through a software emulator.  The whole machine, including the video card,
was designed and built by the one guy and can be considered historical and
one-of-a-kind.

That's about it, really.  If anyone would like pictures and/or further
information on these just ask.

Cheers

A

 




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