Ha! HA! HA!!!!
My Dad and I built one of those on the dining room table the summer of 1979!
After a month of soldering resistors like an Asian factory worker, we booted it up and those LED’s scrolled this epochal mesasge: “Your H8 is up and running”
We looked at each other and said “Is that it?”
posted on 10/10/2011 1:01:56 PM PDT
Mine ran CP/M, HDOS and UCSD Pascal P-System. It hosted a very nice C compiler from Software Toolworks. I wrote a device driver that allowed you to copy a text file and translate to Morse code on the front panel. You could tailor the speed and dot/dash ratio too. It
is a fine word processor. I still own two of them. One has the Trionyx 4 MHz Z80 CPU with triple layer backplane and 64K dynamic RAM board. A 4 port serial card and dual 8" floppy intelligent disk drive still work today. I even built a special graphics card for it that would rival the graphics of an Apple Lisa in 1981.
In 1982, I wired up the cassette data interface to a 2 meter ham rig to transmit data files to a friend a few miles away. I didn't have an internet connection until 1983.
posted on 10/10/2011 2:07:56 PM PDT
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