re: [midatlanticretro] Re: Roll Call for VCF E
> >decide among single-boards like KIM, or systems like the Northstar Horizon.
> Um, there's actually a lot I could bring from around 1975. It's hard to
I've committed to bring the Xitan TDL system, it's a "local" product, but
it won't be running. Its Z80 board was pretty early.
>I had written earlier that it'd be better for this particular exhibit that
we try to bring one complete and functional "system" rather than a
hoge-podge of stuff. Don't feel obligated to bring the XITAN, if it does
> I've got a couple of thoughts about a running system. The NorthstarHorizon is pretty "clean" but age-appropriate - you guys won't call it
"homebrew". But it runs, CP/M at that. So does (or did) my Heath H-8. I
suppose I could add an ADM-3A to keep it all period. But it's not like I
can run Spacewar, or even Adventure, just not my thing to run games. I
could at least show a papertape system with it (the H-10 reader/punch),
again not running. I did not expect this event.
>now kind of scarce. the model I happen to have certainly LOOKS "homebrew"
> One of the more unusual computers in retrospect, is "the digital group",
as it's hot-wired up in various ways. Again, not running. It's in-theme by
date and appearance. But as I've posted I have mixed feelings about showing
stuff that looks wired up (in other words, NORMAL for 1977) just to be
ridiculed as hopelessly primitive.
>If you want to keep it simple, an SBC that turns on a light when you change
the value of a memory location would be just fine and would demonstrate the
homebrew principles we discussed. But a Horizon that works is fine too. I
assume Evan will be bringing the Apple I, which is effectively an Apple II
without a case, not really homebrew in the traditional sense except that
you could buy the kit version. But it's a crowd pleaser.
Please don't stress this. We have a small classroom, not much space.
Choose a nice compact, labeled system. I will be bringing (probably) my
Altair 680 with hacked SWTPc RAM cards. Not sure what kind of terminal.
We'll do another roll call of items being exhibited in about a week.