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    FDOS was a very nice DOS written almost entirely...

    FDOS was a very nice DOS written almost entirely by a fellow named Dave McWherter, who was VP of Engineering for a while at Franklin. I know I've got the progrmmer's guide for it someplace in my...
  2. Well, the trip to home was short, so now I'm back...

    Well, the trip to home was short, so now I'm back in the hospital for another round of chemotherapy which means I won't be home for another 4-6 weeks.

    So my SD card interface is not a direct...
  3. The doctors released me from the hospital last...

    The doctors released me from the hospital last week so I'm able to handle orders, then a hacker got into the site and my ISP disabled it. Later today everything should be back on-line.

    Bob
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    The Franklin 2x00 series used a serial keyboard...

    The Franklin 2x00 series used a serial keyboard but it was not any kind of standard; it was whatever the developer (can't remember the name... huge Chinese company that also makes Apple iPhones)...
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    There is a ton of SWTPC data at www.swtpc.com. ...

    There is a ton of SWTPC data at www.swtpc.com. Hundreds (thousands?) of disk images are at the FUG (Flex User Group) FTP site:

    http://ftp.flexusergroup.com/

    Username flexuser, password flex.
    ...
  6. There are a lot of Commodore enthusiasts in the...

    There are a lot of Commodore enthusiasts in the area (I'm in Medford, originally from Chesterfield). I'm really into KIM-1s, not so much the later Commodore machines. If a group gets started, post...
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    Yes, I use Flex on both 6800 and 6809 systems,...

    Yes, I use Flex on both 6800 and 6809 systems, but I don't "do" much with Flex except use it for just nostalgia's sake. It was a very interesting OS for the day, in some ways far ahead of other...
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    FS: RS-232 cables and switchbox

    I'm trying to get rid of excess stuff in the basement, including a bunch of RS-232 cables. The number is the number of pins, the M/F indicate male or female.

    25M to 25F - 5 of them
    25M to 25M -...
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    And brings a lemon to a knife fight. Sorry,...

    And brings a lemon to a knife fight.

    Sorry, I've been hearing that song a lot lately.
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    Franklin had a software engineer who was an...

    Franklin had a software engineer who was an old-time CP/M guy (Dave Warker) who was delighted when we were considering adding a CP/M card. The Appli-card was a killer... a complete Z80 system on a...
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    Interesting that the three labels had three...

    Interesting that the three labels had three different addresses, oldest being the Colonial Highway building (I started there), Route 38 being the next (I worked there, and it was known as "the Eyelab...
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    My understanding is that SWTPC made their chassis...

    My understanding is that SWTPC made their chassis in-house in their rather extensive manufacturing facility, but could be wrong. I heard everything was made in-house, including circuit boards,...
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    That wasn't a rep, that was the president/founder...

    That wasn't a rep, that was the president/founder Joel Shusterman. Joel has a great photo of the encounter that was part of my Franklin exhibit at VCF East a few years ago.
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    I don't know who did the industrial design; we...

    I don't know who did the industrial design; we were pretty small back then so it was probably farmed out as there was no mechanical engineering department when the 1000 was released.

    Speaking of...
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    At one point the President of Franklin (Joel...

    At one point the President of Franklin (Joel Shusterman, also one of the original three founders) got a "deal" on thousands of disk drives, and he couldn't pass up a good deal. We ended up renting...
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    I'm glad to hear you like the ACE-1000... I was...

    I'm glad to hear you like the ACE-1000... I was one of the software engineers who developed it :-)

    Bob
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    Thanks for the kind words :-) A few years ago,...

    Thanks for the kind words :-)

    A few years ago, Jason from VCF MW had a bunch of Gimix boards I'd never seen before, some of them had very different I/O than normal SS-50 systems. Their later...
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    Vcf mw - 9/15

    I'm not one of the organizers, but wanted to put in a good word for VCF Midwest in the Chicago area. It's the weekend of Sept 15-16 just west of the city.

    http://www.vcfmw.org/

    It gets...
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    New SS-30 USB serial card

    Corsham Technologies now has an SS-30 serial board with a USB connector. This is only of interest to those with SS-30 (SWTPC, GIMIX) systems, but provides a more modern interface to those older...
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    Sorry, I didn't look at the pictures. Definitely...

    Sorry, I didn't look at the pictures. Definitely not a soft-boot machine.

    You should be able to boot from a Franklin DOS or Apple DOS disk (16 sector format).

    Bob
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    So did the RESET button get you to the BASIC...

    So did the RESET button get you to the BASIC prompt? I don't remember all the versions of the Franklin EPROMs but if you didn't get back to BASIC then that is a soft-boot system which only has a...
  22. I was working in a computer store around 1980,...

    I was working in a computer store around 1980, selling to both business and personal customers. The business people were weird to deal with, often times having strange definitions of what a...
  23. True, but the upper four address bits probably...

    True, but the upper four address bits probably weren't used for a while as most systems didn't have more than 64K. The original schematics from SWTPC didn't seem to make sense, but then they issued...
  24. When I was thinking of building the 6809 board, I...

    When I was thinking of building the 6809 board, I spent a lot of time trying to make sense of the SWTPC DAT circuit. Frankly, I wasn't convinced it ever really worked, so I did some very slight mods...
  25. As someone who's interviewing people now to fill...

    As someone who's interviewing people now to fill a senior embedded software position, and having been through the application process myself a number of times, here are my thoughts....

    If you've...
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