Rui M. Dos Santos reports to us
These machines were intensively used in Angola in all the sectors.... A total of around 100 units were sold in Angola.
THESE WAS PROBABLY THE BEST EVER BUILT MACHINE in what quality is concerned.
As there was not much money and the machines were hardly needed, they used to work 24 over 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Angola on the time was as well in war and power failures were frequent and power stability did not exist.
FACT is that none of these machiens EVER went broke in more that 4 years they worked intensively....
Some of the machines worked in this tough conditions for 12 years.
The main users were ABAMAT, Protecnica, and the Ministry of Internal trade,
This machine, as any of the CASIO products were allways very well supported in what development software was concerned.
Myself and a stock administrator, who happen to had a trainning course in Cobol to permit him to operate IBM 360 and 370 machines, curious about these machines and the technology, worked day and night to make these machines work with productive software.
At the time, I was trying to find low cost machines that would permit to "computarize" my company.
I used New Brains as well...
We joined forces and we made a curious thing...
1 - We used the software I had bought from CASIO ( the CP/M and the COBOL compiler ) to develop the applications.
2 - Then we used the NEW BRAIN FDD capacity to format ANY format to import and export data between machines...
3 - We used as well the CASIO to compile and do all the tests...
4 - After all tests done, we used the use again the NEW BRAIN facilities to put the software in SORD´s and other machines.
5 - Later in 1984, with the support of one Angolan engenier trainned by Angola Universtiy we were able to make two communications programs called "send" and "receive" to make the computer to communicate between them.
Unfortunely all this work was not well seen positively by the IBMers and main frame followers who looked to us as a threat.
Should we had the necessary support or be in a diferent country our applications were certainly play a rule in the market.
6 - There is a curious story on these machines...
a - As you know, Angola, then, belonged to the communist umbrella.
b - One day we presented all the software we made to one DDR specialist that came to Angola to visit us trying to sell his Robotron mainframes.. HE was litteraly surprised and made a comment.. "this little machine do all these jobs ??..."
c - Two weeks later we received a misterious call from Tokyo Casio headquarters and they had one inquiry of 1 millions FP1000´s from one east block country who was making the inquiry recommend by us ( ???) .
d - At the time they explained that one "export licence" was necessary to sell any machine to the so called east block countries ....
e - I assume that such export licence was never granted and our life one export licences start beeing far more difficult from then on taking 3 to 6 months to obtain.
f - CASIO later stop the production of these machine and presented the FP6000 and FP4000 series...
Anyway, this is worth to mention.
Dip-switches configuration, by Guido Zeiger:
DIP Switches in the bottom are numbered as follows :
[ 1 ][ 2 ][ 3 ][ 4 ][ 5 ][ 6 ]
DIP1 ON = 80 columns on screen
DIP1 OFF = 40 columns on screen
DIP2 ON = SCREEN 1 mode
DIP2 OFF= SCREEN 0 mode
DIP3 ON = FP-1100
DIP3 OFF= FP-1000
DIP4 ON=CMT (Cassette) output rate : 300 baud
DIP4 OFF= 1200 baud
DIP5 ON = Printer type = FP-1012PR (epson compatible)
DIP5 OFF = n.a.
DIP6 ON : Keyboard type fixed
DIP6 OFF = n.a.