[vcf-midatlantic] Happy Birthday IBM-PC

Ethan Dicks ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Fri Aug 13 18:26:22 UTC 2021

On Fri, Aug 13, 2021 at 12:12 PM Richard Cini via vcf-midatlantic
<vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> Great story. I built my own 5-connector expansion chassis (wire-wrapped connectors and made my own cartridge insert with ribbon cables -- all RadioShack stuff), a machine language monitor cartridge based on the one from Jim Butterfield (as published in Compute!), and a speech synthesizer with the SP0256-AL2 chip. I had no EPROM programmer, so a friend of mine used his father's programmer to burn it.


> I made my own PCBs back then. My mom hated it because I used one of her Pyrex meatloaf pans (which of course became my meatloaf pan). Still have all of that stuff in the basement.

I don't think I tried making my own boards until I was out of the
house.  Probably good thing since I don't know if I would have
survived "borrowing" the Pyrex casserole dish.


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