[rescue] Moth balls
lionel4287 at verizon.net
Fri Jun 13 08:08:12 CDT 2008
>From: John Francini <francini at mac.com>
>Date: 2008/06/13 Fri AM 08:50:37 EDT
>To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
>Subject: Re: [rescue] Moth balls
>If it has a paper-tape reader and punch, it's an ASR-33.
>If it doesn't, it's a KSR-33.
Weren't there print-only versions? (Like you see in the movie newsrooms)
>The stuff on the right side just has to do with what variant of an
>ASR-33 it might be. There were several variants over its 20+ year
>Now if only I had either a computer with a current-loop interface or
>an interface converter. There's nothing like the sound, vision, and
>smell of an ASR-33 to bring back memories of my first days of
I *think* the circuit to interface a 20 mA loop to a serial port is quite trivial, and is probably available out on the web.
A very nice interim step would be a dot matrix printer, say like an Epson MX-80, or one of those nice 24 pin Panasonic impact printers... Printer ribbons aren't too hard to find, and fan-fold paper is still in ready supply.
I keep thinking of putting a dot matrix printer on my SPARC server, to log login requests - just the occasional grrrrrrrind to remind me of where we came from...
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