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February 14th, 2008, 05:23 AM

California Technology International 1008-A Computer

Any one ever used one of these before? I just replaced the drive belt, it uses an OEM Exatron Stringy Floppy for storage. Mid 1979 appears to be the manuf. date.

Note pics, there's a 5 1/4" type drive connector in the back behind the LCD display. hmmm. I have never tried to hook one of these up to a TRS 80 using a drive cable. Mid 1979 is just about when the Exatron Stringy Floppy first appeared. Aside from the key for loading a ESfloppy, the remaining keys only beep at me, no other response on the LCD display. When loading a wafer a "2" appears on the screen. The load appears to complete successfully (but nothing happens) What you'd expect from a blank wafer. I believe that the programs are loaded from ROM, the wafer is only for storage.

I *think* that this is a video input unit. A person would use this computer to add text to video. I am not sure how a person would have cabled this computer to a video system however.

I wonder if it's possible to load an assembler or get to some sort of monitor with this, or if an onboard ROM is required. In theory a person could create a BASIC ROM, there are spaces. There are a lot of possibilities. Almost looks like an early laptop (with the addition of a battery back)? ha ha

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