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s-100 system mine on monday!!!!!

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    s-100 system mine on monday!!!!!

    Get to pick up the S-100 system on monday, don't know what it is, but it's got a couple of 8 inch drives at the bottom, and lots of flashy light-up buttons. Ebay I'm afraid, so no skip-diving brownie points. Strangely enough, there was a pick-up-only VT100 BNIB going just down the road, for a tenner, should go on the end nicely!.... new post when I get it home (and past mrs. b.!)
    "Don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what youíve got Ďtil itís gone" (BANG )

    #2
    It wasn't that odd blue CP/M thing was it? I meant to watch that, but it slipped my mind. Not that I would do anythiong productive with it...Just asking without sifting through listings...If so it certainly looks interesting.

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      #3
      it was item number 290010890112, and at the price that 8 inch floppies go for, probably worth the price for them alone.

      oh no.... yet another disk format to handle!
      "Don't it always seem to go
      That you don't know what youíve got Ďtil itís gone" (BANG )

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        #4
        Man, you stole it for that price! Congratulations.

        --T
        Teach your children how to think, not what, and hold 'em close, not tight.
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          #5
          Double WOW! A Cromemco on steroids even.

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            #6
            Yah, dot's almost as good as a dumpster-score...

            --T
            Teach your children how to think, not what, and hold 'em close, not tight.
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              #7
              You lucky hippy!!!
              http://trs80hack.ytmnd.com/ YTMND: TRS-80 Hacking Secrets Revealed!!!

              There are 10 types of people in this world: Those who understand binary, & those who don't.

              http://mtac.profusehost.net/
              http://mtac.profusehost.net/forum/index.php

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                #8
                I'd like to find one like that local to me for that kinda price. I'd be on it like mods onna A2600 post!

                --T
                Teach your children how to think, not what, and hold 'em close, not tight.
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                Please visit the Vintage-Computer Wiki. Contributers welcome.

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                  #9
                  (It's true, I get in trouble almost every post! )
                  http://trs80hack.ytmnd.com/ YTMND: TRS-80 Hacking Secrets Revealed!!!

                  There are 10 types of people in this world: Those who understand binary, & those who don't.

                  http://mtac.profusehost.net/
                  http://mtac.profusehost.net/forum/index.php

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                    #10
                    Just teasin' ya...

                    --T
                    Teach your children how to think, not what, and hold 'em close, not tight.
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                      #11
                      Christmas comes but TWICE a year

                      Wow!

                      picked up the beastie today, plus the folder of software (BBC basic!!!! basic compiler, 8051 assembler & emulator, cpm2.2 on original disks, various spreadsheetoid & mail software) , plus about 30 assorted spare cards including brand "new" prototype boards & dev boards with zif sockets, but not enough time to go through them properly yet, some documentation, and about 1CWT (50Kg) of the beastie itself (25A linear, bomb-proof psu) all in a 19" rack 2'6" high.

                      SMUG!!!!!

                      will post photos / more info in next few days.

                      now to get it into the house....
                      "Don't it always seem to go
                      That you don't know what youíve got Ďtil itís gone" (BANG )

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                        #12
                        mmm....blinky.
                        Seriously, It's got to have blinky lights with no known purpose. You lucky wotsit.

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                          #13
                          now to get it into the house....
                          Ow! I got a backache just lookin' at the picture.

                          --T
                          Teach your children how to think, not what, and hold 'em close, not tight.
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                          Please visit the Vintage-Computer Wiki. Contributers welcome.

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                            #14
                            Yes, all i could lift, it's now in the shed (just), I had a look at the other spare boards that came with it, then had a cold shower.
                            there's 3 z80 cpu cards (one ithaca audio, and the others Solid state music, 2 8k memory cards (64 off 2102 1k*1bit rams each!) a couple of crt controller cards, some serial and parallel interfaces, a few rom cards (one with a nice row of 1702 eproms from 1975 (256 bytes each ??? ) some home built bits, & possibly an eprom burner for 2708 / 2716s ?????

                            just found the

                            http://www.hartetechnologies.com/manuals/

                            site, and it looks to be useful!

                            sleep...... with the possibility of those teenage dreams from the time before i discovered girls !

                            nig
                            "Don't it always seem to go
                            That you don't know what youíve got Ďtil itís gone" (BANG )

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                              #15
                              Yeah, Howard is real good that way. Lemme know if ya have any 'extra' boards, especially a CPU board.

                              --T
                              Teach your children how to think, not what, and hold 'em close, not tight.
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