30971Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: Ferguson BigBoard disk help needed
- May 24 7:34 PMOn Fri, 25 May 2013, Dave McGuire wrote:
>That's...interesting to say the least...
> On 05/24/2013 07:49 PM, Cory Smelosky wrote:
>>> Hi Enrico! I think I didn't know you were on this list as well.
>>> It's good to see you here. I'm aware of your experience with the
>>> BigBoard boards.
>>> I myself have known about them for many years, as I wanted one very
>>> badly when I was in my teen years, in the mid-1980s. I had an S-100
>>> CP/M system, which was my main computer until I moved to a PDP-11, and I
>>> wanted one of those BigBoards so I could run a BBS on it. I subscribed
>>> to BYTE magazine and always drooled over those full-page BigBoard ads!
>>> I never got one, but I did put together a second S-100 system, and I
>>> did eventually bring up my BBS.
>>> In the past several years, I started looking for a BigBoard again,
>>> and learned that they were nowhere near as common as I thought they
>>> were. It took me some effort (and money) to get one, but it's finally
>>> here, and I'm very excited to get it running.
>>> It looks like it has seen some modifications; there's a chip glued to
>>> the bottom of the board (!) and a bit of wire snaking around. I will
>>> try to power it up soon and see if it runs. I dug out some 8" floppy
>>> drives (SA-801s) last night to connect to it.
> Yes, glued to the bottom of the board dead-bug-style, with 30AWG wire
> running around to various parts of the board.
> Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
> New Kensington, PA
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