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[#] Mon Feb 18 2019 13:10:15 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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And don't forget long distance! aka "Direct Distance Dialing" [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoYq6uA_Lhw ]

So I was thinking today ... I wonder, if you got a bunch of people who didn't use computers before, say, the 1990's ... and you asked them whether their computer has a "floating keyboard" ... how many would get the answer correct?

[#] Mon Aug 26 2019 09:36:07 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Anybody know what this is?  I saw it at a rest stop.

phone.jpg



[#] Mon Aug 26 2019 10:15:45 EDT from darknetuser @ Uncensored

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Only if they catch them.

Real men are not afraid of danger.



[#] Mon Aug 26 2019 10:17:08 EDT from darknetuser @ Uncensored

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Sorry, wrong thread.

By the way, many people still use those things around here. It is just that most of them are located in stores where they are for rent :)



[#] Tue Sep 03 2019 23:06:41 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Mon Aug 26 2019 09:36:07 AM EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

Anybody know what this is?  I saw it at a rest stop.

phone.jpg



It's called a COCOT

[ Contraption Of Crappy Older Times ]



[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 01:05:05 EDT from ParanoidDelusions @ Uncensored

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I don't know what a floating keyboard is. Is that just a keyboard that isn't built into the computer like an A500, C64 or Apple II? Basically a 101 style AT keyboard?

[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 10:03:42 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Correct. Floating keyboards are ubiquitous now, but in the early days of computing it was a novel idea to have a keyboard that wasn't built in to the video terminal.

[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 22:01:06 EDT from ParanoidDelusions @ Uncensored

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I had an ADDS Viewpoint Terminal I bought from HSC electronics to use with a MIC-504 dual floppy CP/M device - it ran my first REAL Citadel BBS.

[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 22:01:14 EDT from ParanoidDelusions @ Uncensored

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Oh, and it had a floating keyboard. :D

[#] Wed Sep 04 2019 22:21:10 EDT from ldo @ Uncensored

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Mon Feb 18 2019 13:10:15 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
whether their computer has a "floating keyboard" ... how many would get the answer correct? 

I never heard the term “floating keyboard” before. When they were first introduced, we called them “detachable” or “detached” keyboards.



[#] Sun Sep 08 2019 13:33:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Oh wow ... I had one too, an ADDS VP60, which was the console for the computer that ran Uncensored from 1988 until 1990. I miss my old terminals. I had an ADDS VP60, a Zenith Z-19, an IBM 3151, and a Televideo 925. None of them survived. I still have a Wyse 150, but that's a much newer terminal, and it misses some of that old charm.

[#] Mon Sep 09 2019 01:21:17 EDT from ParanoidDelusions @ Uncensored

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Sun Sep 08 2019 13:33:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
Oh wow ... I had one too, an ADDS VP60, which was the console for the computer that ran Uncensored from 1988 until 1990. I miss my old terminals. I had an ADDS VP60, a Zenith Z-19, an IBM 3151, and a Televideo 925. None of them survived. I still have a Wyse 150, but that's a much newer terminal, and it misses some of that old charm.

All of these old things are getting very expensive among retro-computer collectors. There is this frenzy suddenly to have old computers that a Droid 1 could emulate without breaking a sweat, and to pay boatloads of money for most of them. Retro consoles too. 

I have quite a collection of old stuff, though nothing of this vintage (well... I have an Atari 2600 or two, an Atari 800, a C-128 - but no Z80 CP/M dual floppy machines with a dumb terminal). 

But honestly - I do most of my nostalgia computing on an FPGA device - and it is almost bulletproof. Not emulation - but synthesis of the bare metal gate logic of the actual machines in hardware. Pretty cool stuff. 

 



[#] Tue Sep 17 2019 18:04:29 EDT from ax25 @ Uncensored

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Mmmmmmmembrane keyboard with a wobbly ram pack :-)



[#] Mon Sep 23 2019 11:31:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Like all 1950's films ... "in the future, your home will be full of slide projectors pretending to be computers."

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