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C > CIFER SYSTEMS > 2683


 

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Tuesday 9th November 2004
Sean Brackstone & Gerry Crisp (UK)

Is there anyone out there who worked for Cifer???

Many years ago my randfather Gerry Crisp started Cifer with two friends and as the company grew they moved to new premises on Bowerhill Ind. Est. in Melksham Wilts where the company stayed untill it wnt bust. I would be interested to hear from you if you worked for Cifer and so would my grandfather.

Many Thanks

Sean Brackstone & Gerry Crisp


Saturday 5th February 2011
Hans-Ulrich Frey  (Switzerland)

We still use 3 units of Chifer 2683-04-LGB computers. They were modified by MONOTYPE Corporation to support their 272-System. With this system it is possible to make text-layouts and punch control-ribbons for hot-metal composition casters.
The Cifer 2683 computer is the weak part of the whole system. Recently we had to take apart 3 junk machines to repair our units. We always have problems with the display-section.
Is there anybody that could help with spares of these machines?
Hans
www.parnassia.org


Tuesday 1st July 2008
Rob Stuart (Manchester)

We had hundreds of Cifer 2634's at the University of Manchester and UMIST back in the 80's. They wern't very reliable and it was my job to do the onsite repairs. This usually resulted in the machine being taken away as they were not too easy to fix.

I seem to remember there were green and orange phosphor versions of the CRT.

There was a guy at Cifer Systems in Melksham we used to deal with for sales. If his name comes up I will post it. I also seem to recall a technical guy who may have been called Don.

We had hundreds of Newbury Data 7007 terminals as well. They were the 'special' versions with many pages of screen memory so you could scroll back and see what the previous user had been doing. The top used to fall off these VDU's leaving you holding the display while the keyboard and main board fell to earth.

What fun.........


Thursday 7th September 2017
Martin Ford (United Kingdom)

Would it be the same Gerry crisp who was sales manager at Mode in value if so he would remember me!!




Saturday 7th March 2015
Scott Parker (United Kingdom)

I worked at Cifer until they went bust. I am trying to track my pension contributions. Any ideas?


Saturday 24th January 2015
Stephen

I''ve just found one of these in amongst a load of rubbish complete with 8 inch disk drive!!!. I''t''s still got a few issues, such as the fact it trips the mains from time to time and the keyboard is unresponsive as yet, but I''ve got the massive disk drive up and running again and hope to fix the other parts with some advice. I have videos of the restoration on my YouTube channel, RetroGamerVX


Friday 28th November 2014
Phil Gregory (UK)

I worked in the test department in Melksham during my gap 2 years between School and Uni from 1980-82. We used to take each machine from production and test it which quite often involved explosions, electric shocks and fires! Faulty boards were fixed at a component level. our particular hatred was getting the picture square using rubber magnets and the picture in sharp focus! There were huge varieties of colours and key tops as each order was entirely custom made. There were white / green / orange phosphors and the orange were very soft focus. I forget the model number but there was a small screen all in one box machine with built in 5.25" floppies and eventually Winchester hard drives that was really neat. They also were the first company to port Unix to a 68000 and my Uni personal tutor worked with them to do this. This was reported in an issue of Computing magazine. I had a great time with a great bunch of guys and learnt to program there which has been my career for the last 30 years!


Friday 28th November 2014
Phil Gregory (UK)

I worked in the test department in Melksham during my gap 2 years between School and Uni from 1980-82. We used to take each machine from production and test it which quite often involved explosions, electric shocks and fires! Faulty boards were fixed at a component level. our particular hatred was getting the picture square using rubber magnets and the picture in sharp focus! There were huge varieties of colours and key tops as each order was entirely custom made. There were white / green / orange phosphors and the orange were very soft focus. I forget the model number but there was a small screen all in one box machine with built in 5.25" floppies and eventually Winchester hard drives that was really neat. They also were the first company to port Unix to a 68000 and my Uni personal tutor worked with them to do this. This was reported in an issue of Computing magazine. I had a great time with a great bunch of guys and learnt to program there which has been my career for the last 30 years!


Wednesday 29th January 2014
Donna Oaten (was Mason) (Trowbridge)

Just remembered the name of the young chap in the drawing office with me. It was Steve Pittard. Also recall Christine York from the Reception area and Dana/Daina from Reception. Would love some information regarding these people.


Wednesday 29th January 2014
Donna Oaten (was Mason) (England)

I worked at Cifer Systems until 1981 when I left to have my son, but continued to work from home for the company. I remember your grandfather. I worked as assistant to the Production Manager but unfortunately can''t recall his name, (Tony) he lived in Seend with his wife Val, who also worked at the company. I recall John Woolnough who was in charge of the girls/boys who produced the PCB''s. I worked in the design office and used to draw up the schematics. I remember working with the late Harry Harman and a young guy (then) called Steve (can''t recall his surname but it was quite unusual)


Wednesday 24th August 2011
Paul Wright (Truro)

Hi there!. Haven''t seen one of these for nearly 30 years! I used to work in the ''customisation'' department modifying the firmware to suite customer requirements. Didn''t have anything to do with the hardware side - sorry. Left in 1984 I think, have fond memories of the Z80 and CP/M with orange phosphor screens.


Monday 4th April 2011
John G. Burns (UK)
www.unixnerd.demon.co.uk

The Royal Observer Corps used these as terminals for our MSX message switch system. We probably had half a dozen in our bunker. There were custom big red and green buttons for send and receive (or cancel?) in the top right of the kb.


Wednesday 16th June 2010
Mark Bennett (Kent)
Subbrit

Hi there!

I am VERY interested to contact anyone with Cifer Terminals (of any type) for the restoration of Home Office (c.1984) Message Exchange Switches (MSX-T and MSX-B). We have now located the last remainng original Home Office (F6) MSX equipment racks and are seeking to located CIFER Terminals (VDUs) and Technical knowledge / support on the few examples we already have. These units are to support the MSX''s we are restoring to full working condition in various museums in the UK. This work is non-profit and conducted entirely by enthusiasts. Can you help? Please!


Tuesday 29th April 2008
Jorge Iribarren (Chile)
United Press International Chile

Soy responsable del Departamento de Informatica de la Agencia UPI en Chile. Hasta el año 1999 se utilizó CIFER como sistema informatico para la entrega de noticias a nuestros clientes locales. Estas maquinas funcionaban bien, aunque el trato de las mismas no era el adecuado. Por ello estan un poco deterioradas. Nos quedaremos con sólo una de ellas. Por lo tanto me gustaria poder saber si les interesa la donacion de la que nos sobra. Necesita mantenimiento y restauracion.

Sinceramente creo que es una maravilla que funcionaran hasta ese año. Sobre todo porque significaba un adelanto tecnico para la epoca del fax y los teletipos.

Un abrazo, felicitaciónes por la iniciativa del Museo.

Atte,


Jorge Iribarren E.
jiribarren@upi.com
Santiago, Chile


Wednesday 2nd August 2006
Mark Bennett (Kent)

Hi, I am a researcher working to recreate a MSX system that used CIFER 2634 terminals. I am looking to contact anyone who could help with maintenance of the CIFER 26xx series and most importantly *locate examples* of 2634's for a historical restoration of national importance taking place with English Heritage, Acomb, York. We desparately need 2634's and TREND 800 Teleprinters.

DO help if you can!





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