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Kicking it Old School with Linux

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Interfacing a 1930s teletype to a Linux box!

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Using a 1930 Teletype as a Linux Terminal
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You can bet your sweet telex operator that it works !.
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Fascinating!
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I think I'm more impressed with the mechanical engineering in the teletype. Last one I used was 1960's vintage.
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I can still hear the old teletype clattering away in the background. Not literally, of course, years of working in Telephone exchanges and the Automatic Disturbance Recorder (which was just a teletype machine connected to the exchange) would often clatter in the background telling you of anything from a major failure to a blown fuse.
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Telephone exchanges
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Fortunately, they were just before my time, yes, I did my apprenticeship with Step by Step Stuff, but it was mainly Ericsson Stuff. Most of my working years were in ARF and ARM Crossbar with a little bit of ARK thrown in. AXE and later stuff was occuring when I got out! :D
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We had an ASR33 Teletype hitched up to a PDP-8 on a 4-circle Xray diffractometer. The 33 had a tape reader and the 32 didn't. Paper tape for those who might not know.
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I've programmed a pdp8 off the front panel switches. And when I was a lad we used to live in a hole in the road... (you can fill in the rest yourself :) )
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AndyMH wrote:
Sun Apr 19, 2020 5:18 am
I've programmed a pdp8 off the front panel switches.
The time I did programme the PDP-8 (machine code) was to find out what was causing a problem. It turned out to be the capacitor in the "is the voltage-good" part of the power supply being faulty. At start it would run for part of the sine wave of the input power and then stop. Always at a different part way through the short programme. How I figured that was what was happening I don't know / remember but that's what told me what to fix.
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I've still got a bottle of 'Teletype' oil and a tube of grease. Lost the little brush and the carbon tetra chloride must have evaporated.
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