[vcf-midatlantic] Maker Faire this year
hjohnson at retrotechnology.info
Thu May 23 14:55:50 EDT 2019
> -Alexander 'Z' Pierson: Two machines come to mind: The uKENBAK-1 and
> the ELF membership card. I have the former, and I'm willing to lend
> but the latter I'm sure someone else has on hand.
For those not familiar: The 1802 Membership Card is a reasonable replica
to consider. It's pretty close in design, to the original 1976 RCA
COSMAC ELF. It's part of a long tradition of ELF-like systems sold over
the decades. It has toggle switches and LEDs, like the original; all
parts are like-vintage. And it's not hard to build, it's sold as a kit
with how-to-assemble manual.
All of that, is a deliberate effort to replicate the vintage experience.
This model been in distribution for several years now. Interest is
steady, people work with them in the ELF/COSMAC community.
I can provide one for display, but I can't be there to run it. In
operation, you either run it from a serial terminal (USB dongle to a
laptop), or toggle-in programs and run those (blink lights, make sounds
if there's a speaker, etc.), or run from ROM. The ROM runs a monitor, or
BASIC, or of course any program in ROM.
But even as a static display, it's pretty neat to see a small compact
microcomputer. Since it's the size of an Altoids can, it won't take much
Contact me, or the developer Lee Hart, if there's interest in displaying
Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey in the USA
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