Want to buy a vintage Terminal.

Discussion in 'Marketplace' started by AnalogDigitalDesigner, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. AnalogDigitalDesigner

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    I am looking for a vintage style dumb terminal.

    preferably a DEC VT100 or 180, or similar.

    If not, any vintage style one will do.

    I am in the UK.

    Anyone?
     
  2. dl324

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    Too bad you're not in the US. I have two VT125's in my barn gathering dust.
     
  3. RichardO

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    I don't have a terminal but I may still have one of these:
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    Anderson Jacobson Acoustic Data Coupler (Modem) Model A 242A - VINTAGE
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    Anderson Jacobson Acoustic Data Coupler Modem Model A
     
  4. AnalogDigitalDesigner

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    That is not a problem at all!! I can arrange DHL to come pink it up. I already expect the terminal to be in the US. That's where the good stuff is!

    What's the deal, would you like to give it away, or sell it?

    Please I really want a VT terminal!
     
  5. dl324

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    Let me see if either still works.
     
  6. AnalogDigitalDesigner

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    Fantastic....I appreciate this very much.
     
  7. spinnaker

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    Wow I threw mine out years ago.
     
  8. spinnaker

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    If dt324's terminal does not work, I might be able to get one from a buddy of mine. But I am also in the states.

    He might have a couple of PDP11-34s if you are interested. ;)
     
  9. AnalogDigitalDesigner

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    That would be amazing. Thank you so much for that.

    As for the PDP-11, I surely would love one of them, but I think the price would be more than I can afford!
     
  10. wayneh

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    Wow, that brings back memories. Not good ones, but memories! ;)
     
  11. spinnaker

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    I liked those days. Computers just seemed more like computers back then. ;)
     
  12. MrChips

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    If you really want to go retro you should be using a Teletype machine.

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  13. wayneh

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    Yes, computer-as-tool was more fun than computer-as-entertainment-device. But I can remember doing some data analysis that took forever. When more powerful personal computers came along, and I started using spreadsheets, it was completely different. Then the internet came along and ruined everything!
     
  14. dl324

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    I learned to program using a machine like that when I was in high school. It was connected to a university 300 miles away.
     
  15. spinnaker

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    I worked at a company that made security and energy management systems. It was my job to maintain these systems working in the field or repairing boards back a the office. We had a client, Montreal Bordeaux Prison. Since it was Canada we had a Canadian partner that would do much of the repairs on site. I would be called in for PMs and for more complex issues.

    The system had up to 32 lines. Each with 16 "ommnis" that could monitor 8 zones. The "ommni" would transmit its data on the pair of wires on a carrier. There was a board in the system called the receiver demodulater that had 16 crystal filters that would filter the line into 16 channels and demodulate the signal into serial data. The crystals were very fragile. They were basically a Mylar case with crystal inside. The leads from the board went through the case and pinched the crystal. No strain relief so any little vibration would cause the crystal to move throwing it out of frequency.

    I would constantly get these boards from our partner. I could never figure it out. I had problems with these boards at other customers but no where near the rate at this customer. One day I was on site and an alarm happened to come in while I was in front of the system. A smaller version (with not stand) like the TTY above started typing away. The TTY was on top of the case containing the system. Next thing I know, the whole system case started swaying like a hula dancer. "That's why you are sending me so many receiver demodulators", I shouted, "get that think off the top of that case"! After they moved the TTY I never got another receiver demodulator again. ;)
     
  16. wayneh

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    That's not retro. THIS is retro.
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  17. Brouhaha

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    I'm interested in those, and can bring a truck to pick them up.
     
  18. spinnaker

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    And where are you coming from?
     
  19. AnalogDigitalDesigner

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    Could you check with your friend anyway if he could get me a terminal? I'm not sure dt324 will get back here.
     
  20. spinnaker

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    Might take several days. I will be seeing him next week. He might not even have kept the terminals. When he company we worked for went belly up, PCs were coming on the market. He grabbed the PGP11s but there really wasn't need for the terminals though I have dim memories of one or two being at the office.
     
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