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  1. Does 286 protected mode (e.g. Windows 286) work...

    Does 286 protected mode (e.g. Windows 286) work on it?
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    I'll have a look--I've got some 8820 disks, but...

    I'll have a look--I've got some 8820 disks, but not sure if they boot.
  3. There are plenty of DDS/DAT drives on eBay for...

    There are plenty of DDS/DAT drives on eBay for cheap.

    Here's a seller with NOS HP DLT/VS 80 SCSI drives for not a lot. (They're UW SCSI-2, so should not be a problem). And they're half-height...
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    Thanks for that--when I get a little time, I'll...

    Thanks for that--when I get a little time, I'll have a careful look.
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    Yup. Sold the program to a security outfit. ...

    Yup. Sold the program to a security outfit. Made a nice little pile of cash. Last version, IIRC, was 2.21.
    FWIW, that was 20 years ago.
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    One of the reasons that I write my own tools. :)

    One of the reasons that I write my own tools. :)
  7. Exactly--the caution here is not to go overboard....

    Exactly--the caution here is not to go overboard. You can get DDS4 and DDS5 tape drives that are fed with differential ultra640 SCSI, which would be expensive overkill--your P3's disk could never...
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    You can easily solve this problem two ways. The...

    You can easily solve this problem two ways. The first is to initialize the timer to 0 before you start your loop. That way, you know what the initial value is and you need only check the current...
  9. For those, I'd need an Apple II ;)

    For those, I'd need an Apple II ;)
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    Personally, I preferred the times when the...

    Personally, I preferred the times when the computer was the desk:

    http://www.tronola.com/assets/images/CDC-160_computer_500.jpg
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    Packaging and preservation is everything. I've...

    Packaging and preservation is everything. I've served wild salmon packaged in water after three years in the freezer. Smoked preserved meat can survive a very long time in the freezer. The USDA...
  12. DLT would be a period-appropriate choice for...

    DLT would be a period-appropriate choice for tape. Get a decent SCSI controller (an Adaptec 2940 should be fine). By the time of the P3, floppytape was on its way out.

    One big advantage of SCSI...
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    What with replacement belts getting harder to...

    What with replacement belts getting harder to come by, it's worth keeping a small bag of the things in the freezer compartment.
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    I keep drive belts in the freezer too.

    I keep drive belts in the freezer too.
  15. QIC has its roots in 3M. Travan is just a wider...

    QIC has its roots in 3M. Travan is just a wider version (i.e. not quarter inch/6.3mm, but 8mm).

    Use a cartridge with bad belts and you'll get your confirmation soon enough. (i.e. the belt will...
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    That makes no sense. The second LDA should be...

    That makes no sense. The second LDA should be "DMAMSBAD+1"; alternatively, just replace the entire sequence with "LHLD DMAMSBAD".

    Actually, to increment the contents of DMAMSBAD you should...
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    Well, Cool Amp is a powder of precipitated chalk...

    Well, Cool Amp is a powder of precipitated chalk and silver chloride. Basically, apply it with a moistened cloth and rub it in to molecularly bond with copper. I sometimes use it on bare copper...
  18. Oh, that. I believe that's an Elite Software...

    Oh, that. I believe that's an Elite Software RAMVIEW card. Nothing much to write home about; just an 80 column card, compatible with Apple's own one, just cheaper.

    I was hoping that you'd have...
  19. If they're that small, they resemble some of the...

    If they're that small, they resemble some of the SCSI conntectors.

    Does this one look right? It's hard to get an exact idea of scale using your photo.
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    Yup, I use dielectric grease on connectors of all...

    Yup, I use dielectric grease on connectors of all sorts. Great stuff.

    I think one of the chemical vendors (Kaig?) makes a spray that leaves a similar coating.

    The last time that I...
  21. ...and most significantly, other than speed, you...

    ...and most significantly, other than speed, you realized none of the advantages (save for the instruction set additions) of a genuine 80286 system (e.g. protected mode with memory segmentation). ...
  22. The old trade name is "Blue Ribbon", usually from...

    The old trade name is "Blue Ribbon", usually from Amphenol, although Cinch made them as well. "Centronics" should refer only to the 34 conductor variety used for their printers (as contrasted with,...
  23. ...and there were Olivetti PCs with passive...

    ...and there were Olivetti PCs with passive backplanes that took CPU cards. I have one such 80286 card, but no machine.
  24. You can probably use the FC-20 on both--it's...

    You can probably use the FC-20 on both--it's basically a floppy controller (usually Intel 82078, IIRC) with a faster high-end transfer speed. Bear in mind that all of this stuff is basically...
  25. Depends, I imagine on the shipping method. I...

    Depends, I imagine on the shipping method. I can probably get a quotation from Fedex, since I've shipped them domestically that way (Fedex ground is cheaper for this box than UPS or US mail). ...
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