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30971Re: [midatlanticretro] Re: Ferguson BigBoard disk help needed

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  • Cory Smelosky
    May 24 7:34 PM
      On Fri, 25 May 2013, Dave McGuire wrote:

      >
      > 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.
      >>
      >> Wait...glued?!
      >
      > Yes, glued to the bottom of the board dead-bug-style, with 30AWG wire
      > running around to various parts of the board.
      >

      That's...interesting to say the least...

      > -Dave
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