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  • billdeg
    Evan, I will post pictures and a more detailed inventory asap. Bill ... Collector ... free items ... harddrives ... disk ... 16- ... originally ... crazy to
    Message 1 of 6 , May 2, 2005
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      Evan,
      I will post pictures and a more detailed inventory asap.
      Bill

      --- In midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com, "Evan" <evan947@y...> wrote:
      > Bill, that's a great story! Thanks for sharing.
      >
      > I might print the 4956 parts in this week's issue of Computer
      Collector
      > Newsletter.
      >
      > _____
      >
      > From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of billdeg
      > Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 7:27 PM
      > To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [midatlanticretro] IBM 4956 Series I Minicomputer (plus
      free items
      > available)
      >
      >
      > Hello.
      > This weekend I took a Ford cargo van to Virginia to pick up an IBM
      > 4956 Series I Minicomputer from Mr. Roy Soltoff. I received a tip
      > from MARCH's own Kelly Levitt. The system included three
      harddrives
      > (weighing about 150 pounds each), a control unit, tape drive, 8"
      disk
      > drive. The computer system is housed in twin 6' cabinets. It's a
      16-
      > bit system. I am guessing that this particular unit was
      originally
      > installed around ~1979-81. The overall condition is good. I read
      > that this system was a contemporary of the PDP 11. I must be
      crazy to
      > have taken this, but ....
      >
      > Roy and I disassembled the IBM system piece by piece and hauled
      each
      > component separately into his lawn tractor's trailer. We then
      took
      > the items up to the driveway to load into the van. It took 4
      hours.
      >
      > Also included were all the manuals, disks, literature, etc. that
      came
      > with the Series I.
      >
      > In addition to the IBM, Roy had a lot of interesting stories to
      tell
      > about when he was involved with Tandy computers during the TRS 80
      > era. His company was called Microsys (mike-ross-iss) and he
      furnished
      > custom systems and software for the Tandy era. Roy was an (or
      the)
      > author of the TRS 80 Model IV operating system. In fact he had a
      > prototype TRS 80 Model IV computer, without the FCC label and
      serial
      > number. It has an all-white keyboard.
      >
      > Roy is cleaning house. In addition to the IBM Series I, Roy
      allowed
      > me to take whatever else I wanted from his large stash of PC's and
      > components. I took what I could fit in the van in the space
      > remaining. My favorite items were the TRS 80 Model IV prototype,
      > Tandy Model 12, and a Lobo MAX 80 computer. I also took few other
      > systems and a lot of useful cables, manuals, parts, 8" disks,
      drives,
      > and software.
      >
      > But there's more there, especially for IBM/PC collectors!
      >
      > If anyone is in the VA area, Roy has the following items to give
      away:
      > 1) Leading Edge PC (I accidentally took the manuals, call me to
      > retreive)
      > 2) Eagle PC w/ twin 5 1/4" and external 5mb Percom harddrive
      > 3) Tandy PC (it's a 286, can't remember the exact model, TA?)
      > 4) Tandy 1000 (a nice one, but I can't remember the model, not an
      SX)
      > 5) *Tons* of peripheral control cards for TRS and PC systems
      > 6) TRS 80 model I monitor clone, a nice Magnavox monitor
      > 7) manuals and software on 5 1/4" and 8"
      > 8) intersting mystery stuff in various boxes, cables, jacks, etc.
      >
      > You would need a van to fit it all if you took everything. Let me
      > know if you're interested and I will get you in touch with Roy.
      There
      > is enough for more than one person.
      >
      > Back to the IBM...I have re-assembled it, now I have to figure out
      how
      > to use it. I know TSO, which I guess will be the user interface
      > system, but if you're in the Delaware area, feel free to stop by
      to
      > kick the tires and lend a hand. I would like to donate this
      computer
      > to a museum after I clean it and test it. This might be a fine
      > addition to the technology museum in NJ. Perhaps someone needs a
      14"
      > 150 40MB harddrive? ha ha
      >
      > Bill
      > vintagecomputer.net
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
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    • Michael Nadeau
      Nice haul. Roy was a big wheel in the TRS-80 world; he did develop one of the better TRS-80, NewDOS. Hey Evan: I bet Roy would make an interesting profile for
      Message 2 of 6 , May 3, 2005
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        Nice haul. Roy was a big wheel in the TRS-80 world; he did develop one of the better TRS-80, NewDOS.
         
        Hey Evan: I bet Roy would make an interesting profile for the newsletter.
        ----- Original Message -----
        From: billdeg
        Sent: Monday, May 02, 2005 7:27 PM
        Subject: [midatlanticretro] IBM 4956 Series I Minicomputer (plus free items available)

        Hello.
        This weekend I took a Ford cargo van to Virginia to pick up an IBM
        4956 Series I Minicomputer from Mr. Roy Soltoff.  I received a tip
        from MARCH's own Kelly Levitt.  The system included three harddrives
        (weighing about 150 pounds each), a control unit, tape drive, 8" disk
        drive.  The computer system is housed in twin 6' cabinets.  It's a 16-
        bit system.  I am guessing that this particular unit was originally
        installed around ~1979-81.  The overall condition is good.  I read
        that this system was a contemporary of the PDP 11.  I must be crazy to
        have taken this, but ....

        Roy and I disassembled the IBM system piece by piece and hauled each
        component separately into his lawn tractor's trailer.  We then took
        the items up to the driveway to load into the van.  It took 4 hours.

        Also included were all the manuals, disks, literature, etc. that came
        with the Series I.

        In addition to the IBM, Roy had a lot of interesting stories to tell
        about when he was involved with Tandy computers during the TRS 80
        era.  His company was called Microsys (mike-ross-iss) and he furnished
        custom systems and software for the Tandy era.  Roy was an (or the)
        author of the TRS 80 Model IV operating system.  In fact he had a
        prototype TRS 80 Model IV computer, without the FCC label and serial
        number.  It has an all-white keyboard.

        Roy is cleaning house.  In addition to the IBM Series I, Roy allowed
        me to take whatever else I wanted from his large stash of PC's and
        components.  I took what I could fit in the van in the space
        remaining.  My favorite items were the TRS 80 Model IV prototype,
        Tandy Model 12, and a Lobo MAX 80 computer.  I also took few other
        systems and a lot of useful cables, manuals, parts, 8" disks, drives,
        and software. 

        But there's more there, especially for IBM/PC collectors!

        If anyone is in the VA area, Roy has the following items to give away:
        1) Leading Edge PC (I accidentally took the manuals, call me to
        retreive)
        2) Eagle PC w/ twin 5 1/4" and external 5mb Percom harddrive 
        3) Tandy PC (it's a 286, can't remember the exact model, TA?)
        4) Tandy 1000 (a nice one, but I can't remember the model, not an SX)
        5) *Tons* of peripheral control cards for TRS and PC systems
        6) TRS 80 model I monitor clone, a nice Magnavox monitor
        7) manuals and software on 5 1/4" and 8"
        8) intersting mystery stuff in various boxes, cables, jacks, etc.

        You would need a van to fit it all if you took everything.  Let me
        know if you're interested and I will get you in touch with Roy.  There
        is enough for more than one person.

        Back to the IBM...I have re-assembled it, now I have to figure out how
        to use it.  I know TSO, which I guess will be the user interface
        system, but if you're in the Delaware area, feel free to stop by to
        kick the tires and lend a hand.  I would like to donate this computer
        to a museum after I clean it and test it.  This might be a fine
        addition to the technology museum in NJ.  Perhaps someone needs a 14"
        150 40MB harddrive?  ha ha

        Bill
        vintagecomputer.net




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