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Burroughs/ Electodata B205 console computing info?

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  • oceanartscasino
    Hi all, I m new in this room so please don t all get up at once and laugh, apalaud, boo hiss, snear or whatever, but I would like to ask... about the Burroughs
    Message 1 of 3 , Oct 7, 2007
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      Hi all,

      I'm new in this room so please don't all get up at once and laugh, apalaud, boo hiss, snear or
      whatever, but I would like to ask...

      about the Burroughs B205 made in the mid to late 50s.

      I know the basics, drum recorded data, binary, punch cards, etc. I'm looking for experiences
      with these machines, folklore, tales of the working days of these early devices that can't be
      found in ads or manuals or photographs. These were popular with Hollywood as the
      batcomputer, lost in space Jupiter 2 flightdeck console, and many other films of the 60s.

      But when these machines were new they were our banking institutions and governments
      tools, their has to be some record of interest to that time, maybe someone knows o good
      story relating to there use, Don't worry their old enough to certainly be declassified by now!

      thanks,
      Robby
    • Evan
      Hi, welcome to MARCH. How did you find us? Are you local to the Mid-Atlantic / Northeast? What s your interest in Burroughs? One of members actually has a
      Message 2 of 3 , Oct 7, 2007
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        Hi, welcome to MARCH. How did you find us? Are you local to the Mid-Atlantic / Northeast? What's your interest in Burroughs?

        One of members actually has a Burroughs mainframe but I don't know which model. He may chime into this thread, if he wishes...

        - Evan
      • oceanartscasino
        Kewl! I did a groups search for vintage computing, your group seemed active with no spam, so many dead groups, either no activity or they are taken over by
        Message 3 of 3 , Oct 7, 2007
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          Kewl!

          I did a groups search for vintage computing, your group seemed active with no spam, so
          many dead groups, either no activity or they are taken over by spammers. This one looks
          ok to me. I'm seasonal for location, New England summers, and soon Florida winter
          months.

          I'm slowly, but steadily building a LIS B9 replica, and got interested in the Burroughs along
          the way, thinking of making a replica and would be interesting to use a PIC or OOPiC
          microprocessor to emulate it's original function or at least mimic some of the flashing
          indicator patterns seen in LIS episodes.

          I mean heck why build a random bank of flashing lamps, they should have some basic
          process representation or even functionality of the original machine right? I figured
          someone might have done similar or at least have some info on the console. there is
          actually a fair amount of info I have already found, nothing about emulation though, I
          remember seeing Atari and other older system emulation programs that run on newer
          stuff so thats where I got the idea.

          thanks,
          Robby

          --- In midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com, "Evan" <evan@...> wrote:
          >
          > Hi, welcome to MARCH. How did you find us? Are you local to the Mid-Atlantic /
          Northeast? What's your interest in Burroughs?
          >
          > One of members actually has a Burroughs mainframe but I don't know which model. He
          may chime into this thread, if he wishes...
          >
          > - Evan
          >
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