[rescue] Anyone build this kit?

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 30 19:51:54 CDT 2021


That's great. I bought the kits several years ago, put it on the shelf and
forgot about them.

I've got one of those 'small time gizmo' PDP-8 systems with the Harris chip
inside, but no idea where it is packed away from last move...

Take care,


> On Sep 30, 2021, at 19:43, John Hudak <jjhudak at gmail.com> wrote:
> o;?OK, Thanks for the update.  You will like the pidp11 - I built that some
> time ago and I use SimH to develop code and then move it over to my 11/34
> or 73 and visa versa.   The sim is very good imho. Been Using both simh
> and  ersatz-11 it for maybe 10+ years(?).   Will keep you entertained for
> hrs...lol   Unfortunately I've been sooo busy with work that haven't turned
> on any of the big iron machines in many many months.
> I don't have the 8, I have two 8Es with the blinkin lights, at probably
> 1000x the power usage.lol
> My (very) part time hobby is developing a 11/70 simulator on a FPGA...when
> done, it will replace the RPi.
> best regards
> J
>> On Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 8:26 PM Lionel Peterson <lionel4287 at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> John,
>> I ordered it, but I'll be leaving the home for two weeks, so I probably
>> won't
>> get to it before the end of the month...
>> I've also got a PiDP-8 and PiDP-11 'emulator' kits to build, but it just
>> looks
>> like a whole lot of LEDs and switches. (RPi running SimH, withe the
>> blinkinlights option!
>> https://www.tindie.com/products/obso/pdp-8-replica-kit-the-pidp-8/
>> https://www.tindie.com/products/obso/pdp-11-replica-kit-the-pidp-11/
>> Ken
>>>> On Sep 30, 2021, at 18:30, John Hudak <jjhudak at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> o;? if the specs don't lie, seems like a good deal, even at $62 USD.
>> Hard
>> to
>>> find a *real* terminal at that price.  (It is tempting enough for me to
>>> unload one of my vtxxx's or H19's just to get back some real estate or
>>> prevent back injury when moving them )
>>> I am curious if it has the function to display 'unprintable' ascii?  I
>>> always found that handy in my work but not everyone needs it.
>>> The vt100 had two options that we always got on our lab and most office
>>> units: 20ma current loop, Advanced Video
>>> I wonder if this unit has those?
>>> The 20ma current interface was necessary because the terminals were a
>>> *long* distance from the machine room - making a converter is always
>>> possible.
>>> The AVO was handy to see 132 columns in addition to the base 80 columns.
>>> Handy to see 'big' reports or display multiple user input configurations.
>>> I Would be interested in hearing your impressions if you get one.
>>> J
>>>> On Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 4:28 PM Lionel Peterson <lionel4287 at gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> I recently went looking for a serial terminal for various hobby reasons,
>>>> and
>>>> soon discovered that actual serial terminals can be quite expensive,
>> even
>>>> old,
>>>> crusty ones.
>>>> I came across this on Tindie, and decided to give it a try. It looks
>> like
>>>> it's
>>>> pretty flexible, to the point I can probably easily attach it to the
>> case
>>>> on a
>>>> low-res LCD display for a zero footprint serial terminal. It uses a PS/2
>>>> keyboard and a VGA monitor.
>>>> https://www.tindie.com/products/petrohi/geoffs-vt100-terminal-kit/
>>>> It's a bit pricey at $52 + $10 shipping, but if it works as good as
>>>> everyone
>>>> of the reviews says, it's a bargain.
>>>> Thoughts?
>>>> Ken
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