Re: [midatlanticretro] Acquired a PDP-8/E
- On May 21, 2013, at 11:16 AM, Kyle Owen <kylevowen@...> wrote:
> I saw some of the switches recently though they are normally ok. The handlesYou would make a lot of people very happy if you did that.
> are harder. I have a few
> reproduction handles left. They will not match your colors properly so any
> switch handle you can fix your better of with that. If you have some that
> are hopeless email me direct and we can discuss. Some people have painted
> handles to match better.
> Were the reproduction handles still injection molded? I may see about getting a mold made at some point. Tracking down the right color plastic may be tricky, but I'll see what I can work on. It'd be awesome to have authentic reproductions.
- On 06/06/2013 12:54 PM, Kyle Owen wrote:
> That looks like a nice product, but yes, it's certainly expensive. I've gotOS/8 needs a random-access storage device; paper tape won't do it.
> some FPGA background myself, along with several different microcontrollers,
> so I may see about creating something that will work with my high-speed paper
> tape interface. That could be considered an OS/8 storage device, yes?
Magnetic tape drives are *physically* sequential-access, of course, but the
TU56 (for example) is logically a random-access, block-oriented device. (with
highly variable latency ;))
> I wouldIf this was a generally-directed question...The book you want for "most
> have no idea how to go about writing a driver for it yet, but perhaps it'd be
> in my best interest to start reading up on the commands for the card and then
> learn more about OS/8. Do you have any suggestions on recommended reading for
things OS/8" is the "OS/8 Handbook". It is excellent. Try to find a paper
copy if you can, but it's available in PDF on bitsavers:
Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA