Forum Rules and Etiquette

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This forum is part of our mission to promote the preservation of vintage computers through education and outreach. (In real life we also run events and have a museum.) We encourage you to join us, participate, share your knowledge, and enjoy.

This forum has been around in this format for over 15 years. These rules and guidelines help us maintain a healthy and active community, and we moderate the forum to keep things on track. Please familiarize yourself with these rules and guidelines.

Rule 1: Remain civil and respectful

There are several hundred people who actively participate here. People come from all different backgrounds and will have different ways of seeing things. You will not agree with everything you read here. Back-and-forth discussions are fine but do not cross the line into rude or disrespectful behavior.

Conduct yourself as you would at any other place where people come together in person to discuss their hobby. If you wouldn't say something to somebody in person, then you probably should not be writing it here.

This should be obvious but, just in case: profanity, threats, slurs against any group (sexual, racial, gender, etc.) will not be tolerated.

Rule 2: Stay close to the original topic being discussed
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  • If you are responding to a thread, stay on topic - the original poster was trying to achieve something. You can always start a new thread instead of potentially "hijacking" an existing thread.

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To put things in engineering terms, we value a high signal to noise ratio. Coming here should not be a waste of time.
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Rule 4: "PM Sent!" messages (or, how to use the Private Message system)

This forum has a private message feature that we want people to use for messages that are not of general interest to other members.

In short, if you are going to reply to a thread and that reply is targeted to a specific individual and not of interest to anybody else (either now or in the future) then send a private message instead.

Here are some obvious examples of when you should not reply to a thread and use the PM system instead:
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Why do we have this policy? Sending a "PM Sent!" type message basically wastes everybody else's time by making them having to scroll past a post in a thread that looks to be updated, when the update is not meaningful. And the person you are sending the PM to will be notified by the forum software that they have a message waiting for them. Look up at the top near the right edge where it says 'Notifications' ... if you have a PM waiting, it will tell you there.

Rule 5: Copyright and other legal issues

We are here to discuss vintage computing, so discussing software, books, and other intellectual property that is on-topic is fine. We don't want people using these forums to discuss or enable copyright violations or other things that are against the law; whether you agree with the law or not is irrelevant. Do not use our resources for something that is legally or morally questionable.

Our discussions here generally fall under "fair use." Telling people how to pirate a software title is an example of something that is not allowable here.

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If you are unsure you may consider sending a private message to a moderator instead.

New user moderation

New users are directly moderated so that we can weed spammers out early. This means that for your first 10 posts you will have some delay before they are seen. We understand this can be disruptive to the flow of conversation and we try to keep up with our new user moderation duties to avoid undue inconvenience. Please do not make duplicate posts, extra posts to bump your post count, or ask the moderators to expedite this process; 10 moderated posts will go by quickly.

New users also have a smaller personal message inbox limit and are rate limited when sending PMs to other users.

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Considering selling Core Memory

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    Considering selling Core Memory


    I’m considering selling a large core, and as far as I know the only one of this scale in existence. It came from a ICT (later ICL) mainframe. In 1960 the company that owned the machine upgraded from 200 to 400 CPU registers and paid GBP 20,000 for it. This core is the 400 register one, each register being 48 x 48 cores, for a total of 921600 cores. Any advice on what a core like this is worth, and where best to offer it for sale?

    Holy cow... I have a couple individual planes from old Russian mainframes that cost about $75 each. The closest I've seen to what you have on eBay are cubes from old Russian mainframes with 9 planes and 512 cores per plane for a total of 4608 cores and even those sell for approximately $500. What you have is worth several thousand bare minimum.
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      I found this among the eBay sold listings.
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        Make sure you dump the contents to diskette before selling!

        LOL, JK

        That is an amazing piece of history you have there. As Exceter stated, core planes are expensive. I paid over $100 even back in the mid 2000's for an example of one for "show and tell" when I was a computer science teacher. I couldn't even begin to imagine what's yours is worth, or for that fact who to approach as a potential buyer. Get it appraised and then donate to a museum maybe?


          Waiting for the Hackaday project wiring this sucker up to an Arduino to make an LED blinker or something.


            Amazing! They have one at the US Space and Rocket center and it’s not nearly that impressive. Of course theirs was used in a Saturn 5 LVDC so guess it’s even… lol


            Toshiba T1000 w/ modem & memory upgrade
            Compaq Deskpro 4/25iS (Win3.1)
            Apple //e

            wanted: dx2odp66 or similar (169 pin overdrive chip)


              I love these things.

              Last edited by thenzero; May 11, 2021, 03:48 PM.
              Toshiba T1000 w/ modem & memory upgrade
              Compaq Deskpro 4/25iS (Win3.1)
              Apple //e

              wanted: dx2odp66 or similar (169 pin overdrive chip)


                I have the individual plane and the cube(which I don't have) is what the plane came out of. Apparently, there's a guy in Russian who's been taking them apart because he can get more for the individual planes than he can for the entire cube.
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                  That cube looks insane. What an interesting piece of hardware/history.