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18858Re: [midatlanticretro] WTD-serial terminal

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  • Richard Cini
    Nov 2, 2010
      Re: [midatlanticretro] WTD-serial terminal Ok, one more thought. Does anyone know of a reasonable parallel-to-PS/2 converter? I have an ASCII keyboard or two laying around and with the proper encoding could be used with the PS/2 interface on the Pocketerm. I did some searching and there are quite a few for MAME arcade build-outs (I have one), but they use discrete switch inputs to ground and convert it to a keyboard character.

      More Googling ahead...

      On 11/2/10 7:45 PM, "Richard Cini" <rich.cini@...> wrote:

      On 11/2/10 8:17 AM, "Gene Buckle" <geneb@...> wrote:
          On Mon, 1 Nov 2010, Richard Cini wrote:

      > Gene --
      >    Actually I looked into it after I saw this email. It’s a great item but
      > unless “packaged” correctly, it looses something in the look and feel area.
      > I guess with the right keyboard (like an IBM “clicky” keyboard) and a custom
      > case (like the MAME arcade kind of thing, but desktop), it could result in a
      > good reproduction. The second serial port is a bonus, as you can use that
      > (hopefully) as a paper tape input.
      It almost begs a nice wooden enclosure that would replace the Model M
      keyboard case as well as provide a housing for the PCB and maybe a 14"
      LCD. :)

      Look at this: eBay item 150514710557. It’s a Heath H9 terminal. Not being a Heath guy, I didn’t know this existed. It’s about the right form factor, approximately, for a hacked together Pocketerm and 14” LCD monitor. The case could be wood and metal like the SOL or maybe something else. Hmmmm....


      Rich Cini
      Collector of Classic Computers
      Build Master and lead engineer, Altair32 Emulator
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