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    Back in the day, USPS bought a bunch of the MatchPoint cards when they went from Apple II-based software to PCs. That's how I got mine--I was doing some business with USPS and was told by one of their purchasing managers who to ask for at MicroSolutions. If you went to them for normal retail sales, they'd swear that the boards were out of production.

    The boards weren't in official production for that long.

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    The software all says "Written by Ron Proesel". Might be worth tracking him down. My board has (C) 1985, and the software I tried to grab unsuccessfully off the hard drive looks like this:

    Code:
    05/13/1986  01:04 PM            13,765 UNIFORM.SYS
    05/13/1986  01:00 PM             2,331 PRINT.ME
    05/13/1986  12:05 PM            38,528 UNIFORM.DAT
    05/13/1986  01:04 PM            15,706 UINSTALL.COM
    01/01/1980  12:26 AM            22,543 MPOINT.COM
    05/13/1986  01:04 PM             2,660 FIXSUPER.COM
    05/13/1986  01:04 PM            27,808 UNIFORM.EXE
    I regret there are flipped bits in just about all of these, so they're only useful as a date/time/size reference.
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    - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)
    - Any very old/ugly IBM joystick (such as the Franklin JS-123)

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    Did you need anything else other than the floppy image I sent? That does work.

    Bottom line on this is that it's not going to work with anything faster than a slow 286. There's lots of software timing in it. Probably explains why MS discontinued it officially before 1990.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    Did you need anything else other than the floppy image I sent? That does work.

    Bottom line on this is that it's not going to work with anything faster than a slow 286. There's lots of software timing in it. Probably explains why MS discontinued it officially before 1990.
    Interesting tidbit. Good to know.
    Current Wish List: 1. IBM 7531 Industrial Series PC 2. NEC MultiSync XL (JC-2001) Monitor 3. Copy II PC Enhanced Option Board (the one with the toggle switch on the back) 4. MicroSolutions MatchPoint AND/OR UniDOS card 5. Compaq 14" VGA CRT Monitor (the one that came with the SystemPro)

    If you have any of the above for sale please PM me. Thank you!

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    Didn't know this before I tested it; thankfully did so in a 5160 running DOS 3.3. Testing was done at an informal meeting of the Chicago Classic Computer Club this weekend. It did indeed work as advertised, able to read Apple DOS 3.3 and ProDOS disks, and could also read/write CPM disks (we tested Rainbow and Apple Softcard variants as that's all we could grab on short notice). Impressive little board and software (the CPM support was done through a virtual drive letter; seamless).

    We also tested Fred Cisin's "Apple Turnover" board in the same system, and while it required a little jiggery-pokery to get through the menus, it also performed as advertised, although the design seemed geared very heavily towards taking visicalc files from Apple II floppy disks and converting them into Lotus 1-2-3 files. Fred had some, ahem, choice words on the product: http://ana-3.lcs.mit.edu/~jnc/cctalk/2001-May/2029.html
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    Just to put these links out there, I have scanned the manual and imaged the disk for the Apple Turnover. They can be found here:

    http://chiclassiccomp.org/docs/index.../AppleTurnover

    http://nocarrier.net/archive/floppy_images/PC/Vertex/
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