[vcf-midatlantic] WTB: ASCII terminal any model

Enzo D'Amato edamato at octechservices.org
Sat Nov 27 02:38:24 UTC 2021

I am located in New Windsor, NY. I am also within driving distance of the vcf museum, although it is quite far.

From: Alexander Jacocks [mailto:jjacocks at gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, November 26, 2021 9:05 PM
To: vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org>
Cc: Jason Perkins <perkins.jason at gmail.com>; Enzo D'Amato <edamato at octechservices.org>
Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] WTB: ASCII terminal any model

Where are you located, Enzo? That will help for any who may have a spare terminal.

- Alex

On Wed, Nov 24, 2021 at 8:38 PM Jason Perkins via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org<mailto:vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org>> wrote:
While I don't have a spare terminal to offer at the moment, I can give you
this advice:

Many terminals use a proprietary keyboard. Without it the terminal is just
a desk ornament. Some late terminals will use a standard PS/2 keyboard, but
these are less common. So be sure you are going to have a keyboard that
works with the terminal you select!

A terminal which offers DEC VT100 modes is probably the most compatible,
but ones which do Wyse or other modes work well with Linux / Unix / MacOS

Some terminals use a somewhat special jack for the serial port, called MMJ.
You can get adapters to change that into a standard DB connector, it's just
something to be aware of. Also, a "serial light box" - an adapter with LEDs
that shows you the status of the various serial lines can be quite handy
when hooking up RS232 devices.

Happy Thanksgiving!


On Wed, Nov 24, 2021 at 7:05 PM Enzo D'Amato via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org<mailto:vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org>> wrote:

> Hello,
> I am relatively new to the vintage computing community (VCF east 2021 was
> my first event, and I learned about the mailing list there). Now that the
> holiday season has come around, I was hoping to start off my collection by
> getting a simple ascii terminal. I am quite flexible when it comes to
> models, and I am comfortable with having to adapt it (within reason) to get
> it hooked up. I was hoping for a vt100 or similar however, as I think that
> they look quite cool, but I know that these older models are rarer.
> Thank you for any help that you can provide!
> Enzo

Jason Perkins
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