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30392Re: [midatlanticretro] Identifying some things

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  • Cory Smelosky
    May 1 4:09 PM
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      On 1 May 2013, at 19:05, "Dave McGuire" <Mcguire@...> wrote:

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      > On 05/01/2013 06:58 PM, Kyle Owen wrote:
      >> I came across a Unibus card for a PDP-8/E,
      >
      > That would be Omnibus. Omnibus is the bus that PDP-8/e computer use.
      > Unibus is used by some PDP-11s, some VAXen, and some PDP-10 family
      > machines. No PDP-8 computers ever used Unibus.

      If only there were QBus micropdp-10s made by DEC. ;)

      >
      >> though I don't know its
      >> purpose. My online searches have resulted in no (even close) matches.
      >> The handles on the card say Y006, and the card itself says "G101 Display
      >> Bd. for PDP 8E" on the solder side. Judging from the empty sockets and
      >> two sets of three pads with no components populated (yet with remnants
      >> of solder on the pads), I'd say this card is missing some things. I have
      >> a feeling there were two ten-turn pots on the board judging from the
      >> placement of those pads. Any ideas? I'm not (yet) a DEC collector, but I
      >> hope to be soon.
      >
      > How delightfully odd! I don't think I've EVER seen a Y (yellow)
      > series module. I'll dig around a bit and see what it might be.
      >
      >> Secondly, I found a mechanical analog computer that belongs to the
      >> Electrical and Computer Engineering department at my university. Any
      >> ideas as to what it is, exactly? It seems to have been partially parted
      >> out, but most of it still remains. Part of the case is missing, and some
      >> screws/nuts also seem to be absent. I think I also spotted some cut
      >> wires. I couldn't really dig up any further info on what its purpose was.
      >>
      >> I uploaded an album here: http://imgur.com/a/d0iCD
      >

      Now that's an interesting machine!

      > LOVE that mechanical beast!
      >
      > -Dave
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