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    When I built out my collection, I found an early, small, black AS/400 with terminal. I was able to bring it alive, but after l spelunking through the menu system, I lost interest and then sold it for about what I had in it to a freelance AS/400 developer who wanted a home test machine.

    It was a pity, since I really liked having a representative from the venerable IBM midrange line (S/32, S/34, S/36, S/3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeXT View Post
    It's the kind of thing sensible people keep to PM's.

    This has turned into a software piracy discussion, which is BANNED on this site.

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    Sorry:

    I completely missed the question in this post about media. I was still on lack of documentation for the old programming languages.


    I could not figure out how we got from documents to pirated software.

    I have quite a stack of 8” media, reel tapes also from systems we took in as trade.

    Not just IBM, but Burroughs and NCR also, but I never saved the manuals.

    We converted quite a few in-house 36s to a service bureau. Most of them we ended up with.

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    Jimmy,

    I have the BASIC programming manual, or at least part of it. The sections specifically relating to programming, but not some parts more concerned with system things.

    But it's fairly substantial, and I'm not prepared to part with it, and I'm not in a position to copy it, and I'm in the UK. I've also got a collection of program printouts for a system I was writing for the /36, back in the late 80s.

    The work I did on this was my first serious programming, and it's quite a treasure (fond memory) and therefore valuable. But if there are any specific bits/sections you're interested it, please let me know.

    I never got chance to play with the RPG II, although I looked into things about it at the time. Seemed fascinating. I found myself a book about the language, complete with all the blank coding forms. Wierd. I kept thinking of trying to write a (sort of) emulator for it.

    I'd need to find someone over here with automated (or semi-automated) scanning facilities?

    I'll keep it safe until? Just in case it's the last one in existence?

    I don't see the ID ## you refer to, and like I said, I don't have the complete manual. Just looking at it now. I note I have Chapter 14 thu 20, i.e. all the bits a programmer would need.

    Geoff

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    Geoff:

    Thank you, someone pointed me to More.Books in the EU
    I ordered IBM System/36 BASIC (978-613-1-84969-5).
    Which is I understand it is a third party how to book for S/36 Basic.

    Wiki had a short article that I load a small basic program and at least was able to exit the interrupter.


    I should have it the first of next week. Let me review it and
    See where it leads me.

    Thanks

    Jimmy

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