21848Re: Ferguson BigBoard
- Jul 6, 2011Hi at all of you,
please excuse me for my poor English.
My present in this group born cause a friend of me Luigi Serrantoni http://www.computerhistory.it/ was registered in MARCH.
He told me about someone (Bill) who sold a couple of Bigboard. (I'm curious to know if were Bigboard I or instead BigboardII and also to see their pictures)
I written all the history of mine one at my website http://elazzerini.interfree.it/Bigboard%201/index-en.htm in english language.
My passion started on October 2007 so not much time ago. My goal was to make the board alive and a friend of mine (Roberto Bazzano http://www.z80ne.com/default-e.asp) very much experienced of me in digital electronic made this dream TRUE just some weeks ago even booting CP/M OS ( I thanks for this Dave Dunfield with its imagedisk http://www.classiccmp.org/dunfield/img/ ).
During those last years a made any kind of imaginable searches with google and ebay and in this way I collected all info I can.
So in the website I got the goal to offer the possibility to understand those far years on which the Bigboard was born.
The board I think has been the 1st SBC then Kaypro-II was a unlicensed copy with the same schematic ( I bougth one in the last may I added pics in my website but I have to test it) and Xerox 820-1 was a licensed copy with the same schematic ( I bougth one in the last may I added pics in my website but I have to test it). [the Xerox 820-2 was derived from Xerox 820-1 and the main difference was the FDC with which was possible to have 8" and 5"1/4 in SSSD and DSDD ways]
So I'm opening my horizon to those kind of machines and also with an Italian machine born in the same period called General Processor T-model ( I bougth one in the last october I added some generic pics in my website but I will have to test it when I will have it at my home).
I also collected some issues of Microcornucopia Magazine in paper and some other issues in digital way.
I wish that this magazine remains in the history so with the help di Al Kossow (bitsavers.org)
I collected all issues here http://enricolazzerini.interfree.it/
Here http://elazzerini.interfree.it/Bigboard%201/06.Cerco/index-en.htm what i need and of course it's enough to ask for and if I have the info or knowledges I will help anybody who needs it.
With this long presentation I hope to described my point of view so I thanks in advance who can and wish to give me some help.
Enrico (Pisa The city with the leaning tower) - Italy
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