The Retro Wagon Debut at Desert Code Camp 2016

The Retro Wagon collection made it’s first public appearance this past Saturday Eight October 2016 at Desert Code Camp 2016 at the Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

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SSM IO4 as Mits 88-2SIO

I’ve got a few Altair 8800 computers. One a 8800 kit that my father never completed before moving on to Imsai and other systems – most of my experience back in the day started with his Imsai, a California Computer Systems and CompuPro equipment that I purchased. The other Altair system is a 8800b Persi era that I purchased off of eBay. Neither of these have a serial I/O card. I want a serial card so I can experiment with my newly acquired FDC+ Enhanced Floppy Disk Controller for the Altair 8800 from Mike Douglas. I’ll be able to emulate a disk loading cp/m from a serial port. The board will also be helpful when I attempt to create a floppy boot disk for this fairly complete Altair 8800b.

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Imsai Power Supply Rebuild

Recently, well once in a while in the last couple years, I’ve had the urge to rebuild some of my old CP/M equipment. Back in the day, the late 70s and early 80s, I ran some California Computer Systems (CCS), CompuPro (aka Godbout and Visan) equipment for a public bulletin board system.

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Introduction

The Retro Wagon is a mobile exhibit consisting of mostly vintage computers from the dawn of the personal computer affordable for folks at home. There’s also some prehistory I thought would be fun like an Abacus and a slide rule.

Retro Wagon facing forward.

Retro Wagon facing forward.

Retro Wagon left side rear detail

Retro Wagon left side rear detail

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