4658RE: [midatlanticretro] Syntrex Aquarius II work processor
- Dec 5, 2006So the consensus is that we definitely want this system for the museum? To
me it's just a weird 80x86 PC clone with custom hardware :-) I passed
because am not personally into these kinds of computers, but I told her
that I was pretty sure someone else would be in our group. I would have
to offer some $$ to be fair to her.
Some follow up -I went to her house and inspected the Syntrex Aquarius II
with terminal printer.
1) system is complete with manuals and software
2) system works, she demonstrated it to me. 5 1/4" Dual boot system
3) system is clean as a whistle, good monitor, etc.
4) Includes a Syntrex terminal type printer/typewriter that's used as both
keyboard and printer. It's basically a typewriter rigged to work with the
computer via a round din jack.
5) Includes another similar terminal printer, unsure of the operational status.
6) There were a lot of references to cpm/86 in the manuals, but not a lot
of technical data.
I DID take the IBM AT she had, also in pristine condition, for myself.
At 07:18 PM 12/5/2006 -0500, you wrote:
>Since MARCH has Interdata/Perkin-Elmer equipment, this is a pretty
>neat addition to the collection. It shows a bit of computer
>history relative to one man's contributions.
>Evan Koblentz <evan@...> wrote :
> > Bill P., thanks for that helpful data!
> > Bill D., let's definitely save this computer for our "Computers of New
> > Jersey" exhibit. (A friendly reminder: I envision our first two
> > being "Computers of the Military" to honor our museum benefactors and
> > of New Jersey" to appeal to the local audience. After that we can
> get into
> > exhibits of personal interest to everyone involved.)
> > From: William Pechter
> > [mailto:bpechter@...] Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 6:33
> > PMTo: email@example.comSubject: Re:
> > [midatlanticretro] Syntrex Aquarius II work processor
> > Syntrex was in Eatontown, NJ and did high end work processing systems
> > for Legal Offices etc. They were founded by a number of people
> > to Interdata and Bell Labs.They did their development on a pair of
> > PDP11/70's on Unix and built their stuff in C with an 80x86 (I think
> 80186 maybe
> > 80286) as the target platform. They used 8 and 14 inch
> winchesters and had
> > mirror disks and stuff very early on in office automation.I was the DEC
> > Field Engineer doing maintenance on their RP04's and RP05's that they
> had on the
> > 11/70's.The building's since been used by Manhattan Bagel and a number
> > of other companies. Last I heard of Syntrex was the late
> 80's. PC
> > Lan stuff and Microsoft NT server killed them. They were high
> > stuff -- but their price was lower than minicomputers but higher than PC
> > stuff.There's a connection to MARCH with these... they were highly
> > redundant and networked word processing workstations.Took a half hour
> > and found the following From 1979 to 1992, Mr. Sinnott was the founder,
> President and CEO of Syntrex Inc. Due to the
> rapid development of the computer, Syntrex Inc. was sold to
> Phoenix Technologies in 1992 in a chapter
> 11 restructuring. Prior to founding Syntrex, Inc., Mr.
> Sinnott founded Interdata Incorporated, a company that
> developed, designed and manufactured the first 32-bit
> mini-computer. BillB
> > Degnan <billdeg@...> wrote:
> > Anyone
> > interested in a Syntrex Aquarius II word processing system? It's
> > a 1983 computer with a boot disk, etc. I am going to take a look at one
> > later today, if anyone wants it (I don't) let me know. I will have more
> > details later. Not much on the web about these.
> > Collectible/historical?Bill-- E N D
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