Documentation for the AT&T Sceptre Videotex terminal
M H Stein
dm561 at torfree.net
Wed Nov 21 12:00:02 CST 2007
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 18:31:10 -0800
From: "C. Sullivan" <feedle at feedle.net>
Subject: Re: Documentation for the AT&T Sceptre Videotex terminal
On Nov 20, 2007, at 1:36 PM, Mark Meiss wrote:
> It consists of a base unit that's somewhere around 13" x 11" x 4",
> connected to a (fairly wretched) chicklet keyboard with a standard
> 4-conductor telephone handset cord. The keyboard is powered by a
> 9-volt battery. On the back of the main unit are connectors for
> power, the keyboard, RS-232C (DB-25 female), composite video out, and
> audio out.
I had an AT&T SCEPTER terminal that was used with the Gateway service
offered in Southern California from Times-Mirror/Pacific Telephone.
It had a 1200 baud Bell 212-style modem built in. Also, the keyboard
was infrared on the model I had.
Gateway was a killer service back in 1983. It was expensive, but it
was a lot of fun. And I remember dialing up BBSes with the SCEPTER
terminal when my C-64's power supply crapped out...
Yeah, I have one of those (keyboards) somewhere in the pile and mine's
IR as well, with the Gateway sticker still on the back. No worse than a PET
to type on (if I had something to type to ;-)
No Windows key either and not supported by Microsoft, so Woodelf would
probably like it...
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