Saturday, December 12, 2020

Entrex 480 in Frenchtown NJ

In July of 2020, the attention of several enthusiasts in the Vintage Computing & Restoration space was drawn to this auction of an abandoned storage facility in Frenchtown, New Jersey.

I was certainly among them.  Why?  Well, the Entrex 480 shown in this auction listing.  The fact that this entire website is all about this system quite demanded it come to my attention, actually.

Well, long story short, yes, I acquired the Entrex 480 lot.  

AND the corresponding Sweda 750 lot, shown below...

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Terminal Nixdorf

On (Germany!  Again!).  Shipping ONLY to Germany, so of course, those of us in the USA wouldn't see this...

Original Auction         Auction Archive (linked soon)

History from the seller, auto-translated from German:

Hello, good evening. My home is currently being renovated, so I can hardly get to the computer ... It took a while.
The terminal belonged to the Biberach District Office in 88400 Biberach. It was used there and at some point stored in the warehouse, I don't know more about it. There are no other parts from this series - I'm sorry.
The IT department there will move and the old building will be demolished, in the course of which the terminal would have been thrown away - an unforgivable mistake. I myself collected computers for a while, from the 80s (CBM 8032 and so on), so I knew that something like this shouldn't happen and I sold it on ebay on behalf of the district administration.
M. Mensing

Well, we got it.  Well, more like we secured it so far.  And yes, we paid too much money.  But we'll get to that later...

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Core Memory "Modern" Replacement (for Data General Nova, DCC D-116, Etc)

WARNING:  The below memory card will work ONLY in the "Classic" Nova, but not in Nova 1200 or newer models.

Upon one of my several visits to the Living Computer Museum in Seattle (back in 2019, before they closed permanently because of COVID...), I became quite fascinated with the "not-so-core" memory board in their Data General Nova on display.

The above 2 images were stolen from
Below images were taken by me.

Saturday, October 24, 2020

DeSegi - C64 in the [Entrex / Nixdorf] terminal


According to the forum discussion thread, If I translate and interpret it correctly, DeSegi bought this as it is on eBay in October 2019.  That's awesome!

But the questions remain...

  • who did the customization work? 
  • which keyboard style was this terminal before this was done?  
  • Do the original electrical components and/or Key Tronic keyboard still exist?

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Vintage 1976 Digital Computer Controls, Inc. D-116 Computer Maintenance Manual

Original eBay Auction                       Archived eBay Auction

Unfortunately, we were out bid on this one.  Congratulations to the winner!

We hope to connect with him/her somewhere soon along the way, so if you're reading this, please send us an email!

Friday, June 5, 2020

Nixdorf CEAG Dominit 820 Power Supply

This power supply bears a resemblance to the Nixdorf 620 power supply shown here, but is likely for a different system...possibly Nixdorf's 820?  Seems logical, given that the power supply numbers match the Nixdorf-assigned system numbers.  I'm just archiving it here for reference...
eBay Auction                                        Auction Archive


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Saturday, November 30, 2019

SEECHECK from REDIFON developed with Entrex


The connection comes from this page:

Seecheck (1972)
The technology for the Seecheck system was developed with the Entrex company in the US, Redifon having the rights to sell it in the UK, and also developed a market in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. It was based around the Nova 16-bit mini computer produced by Data General, and set the basic architecture of all the systems developed down to the 2885 in 1990.

Seecheck Basic Control Groups (BCG) used a ‘Lowboy’ rack containing a 17 slot ‘DCC’ mini, tape drive, disk drives and necessary power supplies. The DCC mini computer had a 1200ns processor and 64KB of core store, and was also the only Nova based system supplied with programmers switches built in to the front panel, all subsequent systems having a detachable one for engineers’ use only.


I think the interesting part is this:

In 1974 Redifon signed a licensing agreement with Metronex/Meramat in Poland whereby Seecheck would be manufactured in Poland using Soviet-bloc hardware for sale in Soviet-bloc countries. Although peripherals were available in the Soviet-bloc there was not a suitable CPU so Redifon designed and developed a DG Nova compatible mini, called the P.1, for manufacture in Poland. This CPU complied with the then CoCom strategic embargo. Later Redifon would up-grade this design for the E.17 mini made in the UK.

So that would be a clone of a clone of a clone perhaps

And then somehow we get to this image, which shows the newer Entrex keystation terminal?