Progress Update: U of D CISC/CPEG-367
- Howdy from the U of Delaware.
Class has been a lot of fun, albeit a lot of work too.
To give you an idea where we are presently, the following were the required readings for today's discussion:
Hackers by Steven Levy chapter 8
Computer Lib 1974 Theodor H. Nelson
- Fandom pg 3
-Where it's At pg 5
-Should Individuals Fear IBM? pg 55
-The Computer Fan's Computer Company: DEC The PDPeople pg 57
Dream Machines 1974 Theodor H. Nelson
-A Basic Hypertext System pg 47
-Nelson's Canons - A Bill of Information Rights pg 58
Byte September 1975 What is Byte? The First Editorial
Following this discussion the students were split into groups and each group received a real vintage computer for their project work:
1. TRS 80 Model 4
2. Sinclair 1000
3. Kaypro 4
4. Apple ][ plus
5. Apple ][ e
6. TI Business Pro PC
7. Commodore 64
Drawing from the knowledge gained from the course, students will be expected to research their assigned computer system and make an attempt to restore it to full functionality. Each team will be required to demonstrate their microcomputer system to the class at the end of the semester.
Using manuals and schematics
Inspection and diagnostics
Use of oscilloscope and multi-meter (when applicable)
Grades will be based on the team�s ability to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the assigned system, addressing each of the topics above. It is not necessary for the computer system to be fully functional as long as the students can correctly explain why it is not.
I am pleased to announce that Herb Johnson will be a guest lecturer on 10/15 (History of CP/M) and Evan Koblentz will be a guest lecturer on 10/17 (Portables and Handhelds)
>no surprise there!
> Class has been a lot of fun, albeit a lot of work too.
> Following this discussion the students were split into groups andeach
> group received a real vintage computer for their project work:reminds me of some auto repair courses where the students repair
> 1. TRS 80 Model 4
> 2. Sinclair 1000
> 3. Kaypro 4
> 4. Apple ][ plus
> 5. Apple ][ e
> 6. TI Business Pro PC
> 7. Commodore 64
vintage cars for resale - could be the start of a new Degnan business
empire - computer restoration as a cottage industry - very cool!