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  1. Well, if you wanted to be complete with NT 3.1,...

    Well, if you wanted to be complete with NT 3.1, an English-language x86 version, even with RCs would hardly be complete.

    You need the entire language pack as well as versions for MIPS, Power, etc.
  2. But who would even be interested? Most of the...

    But who would even be interested? Most of the betas and RCs have expiry dates, so unless you want to play time machine with your rig checking out buggy software, I don't see the value.
  3. I'm not fishing. I just happen to know that I've...

    I'm not fishing. I just happen to know that I've never thrown away a CD/DVD and will eventually be confronted with the decision of dumping the whole collection in the trash or going through the...
  4. There are ISA IDE boards with their own BIOS.

    There are ISA IDE boards with their own BIOS.
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    Dunno--I work with the 1/3 height (25.4 mm) 3.5"...

    Dunno--I work with the 1/3 height (25.4 mm) 3.5" drives a lot and on most, you basically slightly loosen the screws holding the stepper in place and gently rotate it slightly, then tighten the screws...
  6. Yes--the CDs were identified as "Microsoft...

    Yes--the CDs were identified as "Microsoft Developer Network" or "Microsoft Developer Library" and were part of a subscription service by Microsoft started back in the 1990s. I think the earliest...
  7. Looks like a terminal to me.

    Looks like a terminal to me.
  8. Many MSDN versions were provided with the keys...

    Many MSDN versions were provided with the keys already present in the product. XP was a bit different in that it came with a sheet listing keys. Later versions of the XP MSDN DVD had the keys...
  9. Egad, if anyone wants to purchase betas and RCs...

    Egad, if anyone wants to purchase betas and RCs of NT, I've got lots of them. Never got around to tossing out the old MSDN CDs.
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    Shouldn't be. All floppy controllers used in...

    Shouldn't be. All floppy controllers used in PCs are 8 bit. Are you certain that you don't have a conflict somewhere? Mine work fine in 8088 boxes.

    There was a drive offered that dropped the...
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    If you need to strip a modern PVC-jacketed power...

    If you need to strip a modern PVC-jacketed power cord, use a utility knife to make several lengthwise cuts in the jacket (without damaging the wires inside) and then finish with a ring cut at base of...
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    Got a photo? Inexpensive combination locks are...

    Got a photo? Inexpensive combination locks are generally fairly easy to fudge.
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    Well, there are a number of T 1 3/4-base lamps,...

    Well, there are a number of T 1 3/4-base lamps, but they seem to be 28V, not 24. Probably not a big thing, but you can get them here. Surplus Sales does have the 24 volt ones.
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    There were other vendors and IBM got nasty about...

    There were other vendors and IBM got nasty about servicing the office typewriters that were beat to hell by using them as computer printers. The modifications, as I recall, mostly involved fitting a...
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    The structural foam was great stuff. I remember...

    The structural foam was great stuff. I remember being shown around the place where ours were made. Our tour guide took a paper cup and filled it part way with the mixture that's used to make...
  16. The converter can be constructed on a piece of...

    The converter can be constructed on a piece of perfboard--I did that for the original prototype. It could even be incorporated into the keyboard shell. If you use the TSOP version of the PIC, you...
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    No, it was the same situation for several other...

    No, it was the same situation for several other manufacturers. The SB started off as the Intertube--a terminal. As the terminal market started to decline, manufacturers figured that they could...
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    Uniform was a product from Micro Solutions...

    Uniform was a product from Micro Solutions (sometime paired with UniDOS, an emulator). While there was a CP/M version early on, it was pretty specific to a few platforms. The one everyone knows...
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    Modifying a garden-variety Selectric to be a...

    Modifying a garden-variety Selectric to be a printer was actively discouraged by IBM to the point that you couldn't get one serviced. What I heard was that the clutch assembly in a standard I/O...
  20. How handy are you? There are basic...

    How handy are you? There are basic oscilloscope/logic analyzers based on the "Blue Pill" microcontroller boards.
    But yes, a USB "virtual scope" would do for this purpose.
  21. There were, IIRC), a couple of "parasite" cards...

    There were, IIRC), a couple of "parasite" cards made to expand 2-floppy cards to 4-floppy. Pretty simple really; decode the same DOR (port 03f2h) register, but supply added motor enable and drive...
  22. MicroSolutions Compaticard IV Sysgen Omnibridge...

    MicroSolutions Compaticard IV
    Sysgen Omnibridge
    DTK Mini-Micro 4
    I think there's a card by Sergey/Andrew.
    All use NSC FDCs.
    WD1002A-FOX (uses WD37C65)

    All have a BIOS and support 4 drives...
  23. Based on behavior, I suspect that the keyboard is...

    Based on behavior, I suspect that the keyboard is operational, but for some minor issues. But it would take a 'scope to verify.
  24. You can do it, but you have to modify the drive...

    You can do it, but you have to modify the drive slides. And you have to cut the case bezel so the drive is accessible.
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    What would you call a "home" printer? I used a...

    What would you call a "home" printer? I used a Hitype I on my S100 system. Star Micronics had early ads for their dot-matrix printer.

    I suspect that many used a TTY or modified Selectric early...
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