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leaknoil
May 5th, 2009, 06:19 PM
I was just browsing through ebay with no real purpose and I ran into this. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200338582001 .

There is no way I'd pay what he wants to play around with that but, I am curious if there is any chance of being able to actually use something like this. Would it even be possible to reprogram and boot into something like an OS ?

Anyone ever messed around with one ?

Ksarul
May 5th, 2009, 06:42 PM
Here's a link to the manual. . .

http://www.tpub.com/content/computerequipment/TM-11-7021-202-12/

This gives it in HTML--if you want the PDF, they want money.

leaknoil
May 5th, 2009, 07:36 PM
Here's a link to the manual. . .

http://www.tpub.com/content/computerequipment/TM-11-7021-202-12/

This gives it in HTML--if you want the PDF, they want money.

Interesting stuff but, most of that seems to just be push the switch and it does whatever it does sort of things unless I missed something.

Can you actually reprogram one of these or is the code hard coded ?

IBMMuseum
May 5th, 2009, 08:58 PM
Interesting stuff but, most of that seems to just be push the switch and it does whatever it does sort of things unless I missed something.

Can you actually reprogram one of these or is the code hard coded ?

We had one on a ship I was on. As I understood it, it was a general purpose system. In our case, it collected, weighted, plotted, and displayed navigational information: http://www.ibmmuseum.com/PINS.jpg (in front of where he is sitting is the system, below the display).

Ksarul
May 6th, 2009, 07:02 PM
Military machines are almost always hard coded. It makes it less likely that someone will screw it up when they really need it. . .though it likely has the possibility of adding optional ROMs to get it to do new things. . .

pontus
May 7th, 2009, 12:16 AM
The title says Data General Nova, which is an early mini:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_General_Nova

This military version probably has its quirks, but maybe it can be made compatible with the regular nova.

Jorg
May 7th, 2009, 12:23 AM
This guy has some cool other auctions too (HP9000 anyone :P), too bad they all are in a bad shape.

Chuck(G)
May 7th, 2009, 02:47 PM
The title says Data General Nova, which is an early mini:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_General_Nova

This military version probably has its quirks, but maybe it can be made compatible with the regular nova.

Start with a 400Hz power supply...and this one lacks the collector's sine qua non--a blinkenlights front panel...

leaknoil
May 7th, 2009, 03:16 PM
This guy has some cool other auctions too (HP9000 anyone :P), too bad they all are in a bad shape.


That HP250 is really cool but, its missing the main monitor with the buttons. That's sort of the whole point of those.

linuxlove
May 7th, 2009, 04:27 PM
and then he's selling a Kaypro PC, which as it sounds is an IBM PC clone by Kaypro which looks strangly like a PC-AT...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Kaypro-PC-professional-computer_W0QQitemZ200312980461QQihZ010QQcategoryZ4 193QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem

Ole Juul
May 7th, 2009, 06:01 PM
I notice that Kaypro has a tag that says "KAYPRO Professional Computer". So PC, in their world, means professional computer. Interesting.

Terry Yager
May 7th, 2009, 10:08 PM
Right, it's an XT clone. They also offered a PC-286 before their last gasp. It was just too little, too late...

--T

Dwight Elvey
May 8th, 2009, 06:56 AM
That HP250 is really cool but, its missing the main monitor with the buttons. That's sort of the whole point of those.

Hi
I know Bob and he has an entire hanger full of interesting things
like this. He has been trying to make room for some of the projects
he wants to work on.
Dwight

leaknoil
May 8th, 2009, 09:55 AM
Hi
I know Bob and he has an entire hanger full of interesting things
like this. He has been trying to make room for some of the projects
he wants to work on.
Dwight


I actually sent him a message and seems like he's willing to show off his toys. I go down to Santa Cruz all the time and may take him up on it. I don't think I'll be trying to fit a 250 in the car but, maybe I can take some cool pictures home.

barythrin
May 8th, 2009, 10:18 AM
The Kaypro PC is kind of neat. I've looked for one just a little bit but it's too bad that one is failry marked up, plus I'd preferably find a keyboard, etc for it. Price isn't bad accordingly though.

chuckcmagee
May 8th, 2009, 02:19 PM
For "untested and badly corroded" I think the price is way too high. I just made a email offer to Bob for $15 +s/h. Fairly likely it won't even power up or if it does, just sit there with the fan running (i.e. no POST).