TI Silent 700 on Craigslist
rickb at bensene.com
Sat Oct 25 17:54:05 CDT 2008
>Did any of these portable printing terminals support lowercase, pipe, and
>backslash? I think I'm set with my collection of PT210s, but if I can
>find something like I just described...
I have a number of the "briefcase'-sized portable units that have the built-in acoustic coupler., along with a bunch of spare parts. These were very popular with real-estate fand insurance folks back in the day, for use in gainin access to large timeshare systems where their databases ran.
The models that I have (sorry, I can't get to them right now to get the model number(s0), do print lower case as smaller versions of the uppercase characters. They don't, however have the vertical bar (pipe) and backslash on the keyboard.
The dual-cassette unit in the Craig's list posting is definitely uncommon. These were more for use as fixed location (not portable) terminals. The cassette drives acted like punched paper tape reader/punches, and could capture data coming down the line and write it to tape, as well as reading data from tape in response to control codes (or through manual activation) and sending it to the host. I used one of these many years ago, as a console on a PDP 8/e system. It was really handy. Programs could be stored on the cassettes as if they were RIM or BIN images, and loaded from the tapes using the standard RIM or BIN loaders.
I have an excuse to go to Eugene, but don't know if I'll get time to get there before someone else snaps this up.
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