Saturday, September 30, 2023

A Forgotten Machines T-shirt visits the MHKI and the Mera 7951 in Katowice

These pics were taken by my friend Kris on his visit today to the Muzeum Historii Komputerów i Informatyki (Museum of the History of Computers and Information Technology) in Katowice, Poland.

What an honor it was to see him there, wearing our branded T-shirt!  I cannot wait for the time to come for me to visit this wonderful place myself!

Monday, September 4, 2023

Entrex (Nixdorf) Trapezoid Data/Terminal spotted in The Love Boat Season 1 Episode 20 (1978)

Thanks to SomePeopleCallMeJJ for finding this!

You can actually see the Nixdorf badge pasted right over where the Entrex logo silkscreen would have been in the lower left of the plexiglass on the screen

Notice The Love Boat model has the 029 keypunch-style keyboard

Next, find the original 3:4 aspect ratio format and show HQ screen shots
Identify the foreign device under the computer, which may be a real (or fake) punch card reader.  Is this also a Nixdorf product?  Could be...
Perhaps there was some Nixdorf sponsorship going on in this episode??

Monday, April 17, 2023

Cortron 35-500179 80-350253 Keyboard for the Entrex Trapezoid Terminal

Notice that the build date on the ID tag of this keyboard says 1986, even though that is a full 7-8 years after the build of the rest of the terminal (1978-79).  The IC chip dates all seem to back this up on the keyboard (84-85 dates) and the terminal (78-79 dates) This is curious, but not unheard of.
Since only 5 of these terminals are documented to survive in the world so far, what are the dates of the other 4 keyboards?  We shall find out...because we have 3 of them, and we hope to get dates from the other two!    

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Nixdorf/Entrex 480 and The American Census (1980)

See this great article from the HNF (Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum) from Paderborn, Germany.  They mention us, which is WAY cool...thank you, HNF, for this great article!

Highlights, images, and links:

Nixdorf Computer Corp. has signed a $4.2 million contract with the U.S. Bureau of the Census. The contract is for 37 Nixdorf 480 systems.

BURLINGTON/MASSACHUSETTS - Heinz Nixdorf's plans for America were created ten years ago. In 1972, Nixdorf Computer Corporation was founded in Chicago. The gradual expansion of US activities came to a provisional conclusion in 1977 with the takeover of the data entry specialist Entrex. The Nixdorf Computer Corporation, whose headquarters were relocated to Burlington (Massachusetts) as part of the Entry integration, is now the largest subsidiary of the Paderborn company.

Throw in several hundred Nixdorf Computer Corp. key-entry devices and hundreds of Omron Electronics, Inc. and Tektronix, Inc. interactive terminals for programmer and analyst use, plus various microform producers and flat-bed plotters and some idea emerges of the size of an operation that keeps one Univac 1108 mainframe around just for backup.

And there I am!  That was SO much fun!