January 10th, 2017, 05:58 PM
I have a long-term project to get an I/O Selectric of some form going, so thanks for that info in the Lancaster book, very interesting!
This three-part article for both I/O Selectrics and converting a regular Selectric, is very detailed
Kilobaud Magazine article
Art-style project I/O selectric
Lawrence Wilkinson's design (definately a good modern one):
And a very old circuit done by friends of my dad
I have another conversion doc somewhere which I got off the web, but forgot to bookmark, but some googling ought to find this and more.
Last edited by 1944GPW; January 10th, 2017 at 06:03 PM.
January 10th, 2017, 06:12 PM
Well, you've got more intestinal fortitude than yours truly. Just the prospect of replacing a drive belt in a garden-variety Selectric III frightens me.
January 11th, 2017, 04:34 AM
Worth a look for sure! What I really want, of course, is a teletype machine. I have a heathkit H11 and I would sure love to use it on that. Barring that though, I do already have a terminal & floppy drives, so an I/O selectric would work perfectly as a high quality printer and round out the machine nicely!
Originally Posted by Chuck(G)
January 11th, 2017, 09:42 AM
The Greenkeys list is a good place to start for TTY-related stuff.
January 11th, 2017, 02:40 PM
S H A D O
SUPREME HEADQUARTERS . . . . . .
ALIEN DEFENCE ORGANISATION . . .
SECRET LOCATION . . . . BENEATH FILM STUDIO
...is the first thing I would have an I/O Selectric type out
(From one of the coolest TV shows of my childhood, UFO)
January 11th, 2017, 07:32 PM
S I D
Originally Posted by 1944GPW
ALIEN INTRUDER DETECTOR . . .
MAINTAINING SCAN FOR UFO'S
lol that does look like a cool series! It also seems much more fun than
WANT SIN COS?
January 11th, 2017, 07:56 PM
OH TO HAVE 250$ extra right now!!!! Look at this beauty!!! It's in my state as well...not exactly close but holy crap I would totally scoop this up if I had the chance....
January 12th, 2017, 09:06 AM
That's hilarious. What was up with the purple hair on the women stationed on the moon base?
Originally Posted by 1944GPW
January 12th, 2017, 11:56 PM
January 13th, 2017, 02:43 PM
Back on topic though, 1944GPW, thank you so much for that list of resources... very much a definitive list of resources to get someone from selectric to I/O selectric. It seems like I/O selectrics are available off and on, but quite expensive even before you consider shipping. The best bet for finding one is probably locally/semi-locally. I see teletypes appear from time to time in craigslist. I checked out the greenkeys forums, and didn't see any buy/sell activity going on. I remember, once, I was at an E-waste facility, and I saw 2 of these being carried off to the scrap bin. They were Adler brand. I didn't know what they were at the time, and thought they were just massive typewriters. In retrospect they were probably some kind of DECwriter clone judging by their size. I would have bought them from them but I had literally no money that month extra on account of having gotten a commodore PET and a bunch of 64 peripherals. I was kicking myself because I'm sure they would have parted with them for 20$ or so.
I wish I had enough to grab that teletype though. That would be the ultimate teletype machine. Never seen one before now either.
[I just went to admire it, and not surprisingly, its already gone lol. It was a Siemens PT-80, in case the sold listing is deleted for future readers of this thread. I think I have a new dream machine to chase when things get back to normal for me.]