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 on: December 23, 2017, 12:54:13 pm 
Started by Miguel - Last post by Miguel
Hi from Canary Islands, Spain, my name is Miguel.
I want to show a computer that has been hidden in an office for years.
Single procesador system, 64K mem, flexible disk, 50 lpm tabletop matrix printer.
Made in Germany. Augsburg.
The computer cost 4000000 pesetas (Currency of Spain) in 1981. More than 28,000 dollars today.
The office is not yet ready to test the computer, but it worked when it was substituted for a 286 computer.

I hope you like it

 on: June 29, 2017, 02:07:42 pm 
Started by Chris - Last post by lapham
Searching found them for sale on Amazon for $100 each and also at this site for a lot less for volume 1, but volume 2 was $100.
All hard copy not PDF.

 on: March 13, 2017, 04:48:11 pm 
Started by Chris - Last post by Chris
Hi Guys,
            I am looking for a PDF copy of the book The Incorruptible Cashier. It Comes in two volumes.
Preferable for free.

Thank You

Chris Hegter

 on: January 05, 2017, 06:46:25 am 
Started by msjohnso - Last post by JimT
I love stories like that.  I have one that is a bit different.  I worked with a guy in memory design (in Rancho Bernardo) who was notorious for rejecting RFC's (Request For Change) out of hand.  It was on April 1st, and I decided to make a joke RFC.  This was in the late 70's or early 80's.  At the time I was the UM for some of the processors.  In that era we used a lot of tantalum capacitors, and they were very expensive.  I posed as an IE (Industrial Engineer), and I requested the removal of MANY tantalum cap's for a huge cost savings.  The savings was both material cost and power consumption.  I wrote it very professionally, and the name I used was D. C. Power.  He wrote a lengthy rejection without ever noticing that it was a joke.  I wish I had kept the document.

 on: January 04, 2017, 12:25:39 pm 
Started by msjohnso - Last post by heikobuss
I love it ... !

 on: January 03, 2017, 08:53:45 pm 
Started by msjohnso - Last post by msjohnso
Here's a story from NCR's Wichita, Kansas plant, which was the home of 8100, 8200, 9020, and 9100 computer system manufacturing in the 70's through 90's.

Every system was shipped with a QA 'squawk card' - a postcard where the installing tech, or the customer, could note any quality problems seen in installation or early operation. On one occasion in the late 1970's, a card was returned with the complaint "Two dead rats found in power supply."

The manufacturing QA manager of the time, Walt Shively, made a copy of the card and quickly penned a reply to the customer:

"Must be shipping damage - they were alive when they left here."

Two important facts:
1. The customer had a reasonably good sense of humor.
2. Walt had lots of friends at Corporate QA.

Without both of those things, he might very well have been out the door...

The Wichita facility, through mergers, acquisitions, and such, is now a NetApp engineering facility - but the last I knew, a brass-plate copy of the QA card with Walt's reply was still in the trophy case.

 on: December 06, 2016, 02:25:39 am 
Started by JJW - Last post by JimT
Interesting history JJ.  I didn't know what happened to Celerity after everyone left.  I worked for Steve Vallendar, with Nick Aneshansley, and I worked with all of the hardware guys that went to Celerity.  Steve assembled a good group of people.

 on: December 06, 2016, 02:16:27 am 
Started by fred - Last post by JimT
JJ - I do believe that we worked together.  I was in hardware from 1964-1986, then I transferred to Manufacturing.  I worked on the CRAM 2, Century 50/100/150, Criterion series (V and I), Sumitomo memories (Century and Criterion), I9300/9400, and the I10000 series.  B/T/W, they did continue the CRAM into the Century series as the 653.  I don't recall when it was discontinued as I was no longer working on it.

 on: November 26, 2016, 04:26:36 pm 
Started by wally - Last post by wally
My brain is almost 10 years older and there are a few gaps too.
Once in a while I'm in contact with Paul by e-mail.
Season's greetings and best wishes for the New Year for you too! Smiley Smiley
Cheers, Wally.

 on: November 26, 2016, 02:55:54 am 
Started by wally - Last post by Fast Eddy2
Thanx for the links.  Other than Paul Wood, I don't recall any of the others in the links.

Having tuned 63 this year, my memories are fading fast as it has been 30+ years.

I truly enjoyed my time in BDA and have no regrets.

All the best for the coming Christmas season!


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