RE: [midatlanticretro] Top 10 List of Mid-Atlantic CompSci Vendors(was) Syntrex Aquarius II
- Err no.
Sorry for the terse answers to the last few emails. I have a nasty cold and
feel like crap right now.
From: Bryan Pope [mailto:bryan.pope@...]
Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2006 11:53 AM
Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] Top 10 List of Mid-Atlantic CompSci
Vendors(was) Syntrex Aquarius II
Evan Koblentz wrote:
> No top 10 list needed. We'll just use common sense (i.e., have weOh, so we should be thinking about the TCF then? ;)
> heard of them, or were they a little outfit?) and exhibit space will
> be an issue as well.
> @ VCF -- low priority right now.
> -----Original Message-----Yahoo! Groups Links
> From: B. Degnan [mailto:billdeg@...]
> Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 10:59 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [midatlanticretro] Top 10 List of Mid-Atlantic CompSci
> Vendors(was) Syntrex Aquarius II
> At 09:18 PM 12/5/2006 -0500, you wrote:
>> It's interesting to MARCH because of its local angle, certainly not
>> because of its technology. I'd rather see us take it than not.
>> Bill, if we have to buy it, then cc: me and Jim privately.
> New Topic:
> Does anyone have a opinion/list of the key 1950's-->1980's vendors of
> computer hardware and/or software who operated their headquarters in
> the mid atlantic region during that time? What are the top 10 or 15
> that we should be concentrating on? Is there a criteria for defining
> qualifying vendors aside from their operation/manufacturing location?
> Should our MARCH booth at the yearly VCF's focus on one vendor at a
> time or vote on the vendor of the year, etc. ?
> P.S. I just picked up on Ebay a really cool 6502-based computer that
> has a
> custom(?) Exatron stringy floppy drive peripheral. Merry Christmas to me.
> I'll write more about it when I get it. May the gods of packing
> material bless this package.
> ¿ß¡¶ Dë¢ñ@ñ?
On the Lanier system, it looks like they are looking for the last office on Earth still using such a system for daily work. Without the software, it's just a dim blinking light. The Displaywriter is worthless without the monitor - which was totally unique and fit nothing else. It's not like you could hook up a VGA and make it work!
It often amazes me that amounts people think things are worth. "But we paid thousands for it."
IMHO the Lanier is worth the time and effort to haul it away - if it had the software. Dedicated word processing systems are an important and overlooked part of computing history and the companies were often based here on the right coast. For someone who already has a Displaywriter, the system unit would be valuable for parts. By itself, it's scrap metal.
- Bill and Evan,
I suspect the hardware is unique and not a clone. Bill, does it boot DOS? I'll bet it's totally proprietary and thus quite rare.
- She (owner) never tried booting with a DOS disk. I am guessing that
a person could boot with a dos disk, or a CP/M 86 disk at least.
At Wednesday, 6 December 2006, you wrote:
>Bill and Evan,I suspect the hardware is unique and not a clone.Bill, does it boot DOS? I'll bet it's totally proprietary and thus
quite rare.Jim----- Original Message ----From: Evan Koblentz <evan@snarc.
net>To: email@example.comSent: Tuesday, December 5,
2006 9:18:16 PMSubject: RE: [midatlanticretro] Syntrex Aquarius
II work processor
>certainly not because
> It's interesting to MARCH because of its local angle,
>of its technology. I'd rather see us take it than not. Bill, ifwe have to
>buy it, then cc: me and Jim privately.museum? To
>From: B. Degnan [mailto:billdeg@degnanco. com]
>Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 8:48 PM
>To: midatlanticretro@ yahoogroups. com
>Subject: RE: [midatlanticretro] Syntrex Aquarius II work processor
>So the consensus is that we definitely want this system for the
>me it's just a weird 80x86 PC clone with custom hardware :-) Ipassed
>because am not personally into these kinds of computers, but I toldher
>that I was pretty sure someone else would be in our group. Iwould have
>to offer some $$ to be fair to her.II
>Some follow up -I went to her house and inspected the Syntrex Aquarius
>with terminal printer.as both
>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
>keyboard and printer. It's basically a typewriter rigged to workwith the
>computer via a round din jack.not a lot of
>5) Includes another similar terminal printer, unsure of the operational
>6) There were a lot of references to cpm/86 in the manuals, but
>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
>>addition to the collection. It shows a bit of computer historythat we
>>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
>> > canwas in
>> get into
>> > exhibits of personal interest to everyone involved.)
>> > From: William Pechter
>> > [mailto:bpechter@yahoo. com] Sent: Tuesday, December 05, 2006 6:33
>> > PMTo: midatlanticretro@ yahoogroups. comSubject: Re:
>> > [midatlanticretro] Syntrex Aquarius II work processor Syntrex
>> > Eatontown, NJ and did high end work processing systems for Legal(I think
>> > 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
>> 80186 maybewas the
>> > 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
>> > DEC Field Engineer doing maintenance on their RP04's and RP05'sthat
>> > theywere
>> 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
>> > highly redundant and networked word processing workstations.Took a
>> > half hour and found the following From 1979 to 1992, Mr. Sinnottwas
>> > the founder,to the
>> President and CEO of Syntrex Inc. Due
>> rapid development of the computer, Syntrex Inc. was sold to1992 in
>> Phoenix Technologies in
>> a chapterInc., Mr.
>> 11 restructuring. Prior to founding Syntrex,
>> Sinnott founded Interdata Incorporated, a company thata look at
>> developed, designed and manufactured the first
>> 32-bit mini-computer. BillB
>> > Degnan <billdeg@degnanco. com> 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
>> > later today, if anyone wants it (I don't) let me know. I will
>> > details later. Not much on the web about these.
>> > Collectible/ historical? Bill-- E N D
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