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D > DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION > VT78


 

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Sunday 16th September 2012
David (USA)

We had two of these back in 1979 that were set up for word processing in an architect''s office. They had a large smoked plexiglass cover over the angled face and were the cat''s meow for their day. The program went in one floppy and the other was used to store data. They were great for turning out specs on government jobs $ 350 pages per project. Had a Diablo Daisy Wheel printer.


Saturday 4th August 2012
Joe (Des Moines, IA)

Jackie, DON''T THROW IT OUT!!! If you don''t want it, list it on EBay so that some collector can grab it.


Saturday 14th July 2012
Jackie (USA)
Three Fates Designs

I just found one of these in my parents'' attic while helping them clean it out. Now the question is: what do I do with it? My dad was just going to chuck it out, but it seems like someone would be interested in it! My next step is to see if it powers up and then clean up the outside a bit.


Saturday 14th July 2012
Jackie (USA)
Three Fates Designs

I just found one of these in my parents'' attic while helping them clean it out. Now the question is: what do I do with it? My dad was just going to chuck it out, but it seems like someone would be interested in it! My next step is to see if it powers up and then clean up the outside a bit.


Saturday 14th July 2012
Jackie (USA)
Three Fates Designs

I just found one of these in my parents'' attic while helping them clean it out. Now the question is: what do I do with it? My dad was just going to chuck it out, but it seems like someone would be interested in it! My next step is to see if it powers up and then clean up the outside a bit.


Saturday 14th July 2012
Jackie (USA)
Three Fates Designs

I just found one of these in my parents'' attic while helping them clean it out. Now the question is: what do I do with it? My dad was just going to chuck it out, but it seems like someone would be interested in it! My next step is to see if it powers up and then clean up the outside a bit.


Saturday 14th July 2012
Jackie (USA)
Three Fates Designs

I just found one of these in my parents'' attic while helping them clean it out. Now the question is: what do I do with it? My dad was just going to chuck it out, but it seems like someone would be interested in it! My next step is to see if it powers up and then clean up the outside a bit.


Wednesday 1st September 2010
Trevor

My family has the floppy drive unit for this computer. We long lost the rest of it, but since the floppy drive and power supply were attached to a rolling desk it was saved. We''d been using it as a desk for years and for the longest time I didn''t realize it was a piece of computer history.


Wednesday 14th January 2009
Mark (Chicago)
Cerebral Software, Inc.

I think I''ve positively identified this machine (vt78) as the machine I first programmed on in our high school computer lab back in ''78. I know it was a DEC, but I don''t remember the red/white/blue keys. It was built into a desk with the dual 8" floppies off to the left and a space for the user''s legs under the terminal/computer part.
If I''m wrong then I think at least it was some kind of related PDP-8 built into a desktop configuration. I wrote lots of BASIC programs on pencil-marked punch cards dating from March ''78.
I''d really like to find one of these in working order and get it running. I started with a TI-99/4A at home years later and I have several of those, but this was my first experience and it was a great computer that decided my career path for over 30 years.
-mz





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