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Saturday 4th January 2014
Danielle Nichole (Dallas Texas)

Hi all, I remember my mother, Chasity, worked for Xerox in my early years but I don''t recall exactly what she did. I was born in 81 and I believe we were living in either texas or florida at the time but if any of you remember that name, (Chas) please $ me a line.

Friday 29th March 2013

I used one in the Navy, too. Early 1980''s. The rumor in the ship''s office was that it coudl be used to play Pong. A jealously guarded secret!

Monday 16th April 2012

not the right info

Monday 16th April 2012

not the right info

Monday 16th April 2012

not the right info

Thursday 23rd February 2012
Dave (US)

Do not be confused by people, or sites, that claim this was a a word processing only system. It was a cp/m box. I personally have had cp/m system disks for this along with a few other things including BASIC, WordStar, and FORTRAN. They even used these in the engineering department of University of California Berkeley for programming. No I''m not confused with the 820. The disks said 860IPS on them and strangely enough booted a 860 IPS into cp/m.

Thursday 22nd November 2007
Michael (Manhattan, NY)

I was an employee of Xerox Northeast Regional Headquaters in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1980. Just out of High School and working in the copy center operating a Xerox 9400. This is where I taught myself Word Processing in my spare time on the 860. I also worked the 850 and the 800. I still have my original Systems Disk and Data disk for the 860 in my cabinet. What was special was that it was a "dedicated" word processor and it had a FULL page display.

Tuesday 7th November 2006
Jake (Earth)

Really, a plea for help: I'm trying to transmit a long publication (360 pp) from a Xerox 860 to an Intel based custom computer via a null modem onnection (25 pin to 15 pin) and, of course, COMM software, but haven't gotten it to work. On the
receiving end I'm trying it in MEX and Windows 2000 HyperTerminal as file-to-file and in terminal mode. I did once get this to work, but that was
many Intel machines ago. If anyone might have an idea that might apply, l'd like to hear all theories before I resort to OCR scanning.

Tuesday 21st December 2004
lamballais (France, Paris)

In charge of technological progress in a real estate firm(SME) - west part of France, in the early 80s, I suggest to buy a XEROX 860.

That was a great machine. Three ladies shared it.
Thanks to the "mouse", they could go anywhere in the page they saw on the screen. With this XEROX 860, we produced shareholders' meetings reports and for instance, accounting tables, contracting expenditures tables as leaving apartments thanks to specifically designed programs. JUST GREAT!

Before buying this XEROX 860, we rent a XEROX 800-2 which used 2 magnetic cards (as large as a third of an A4). On this XEROX 800-2, a small stick (cf. a joystick) enabled to choose the line you wanted to see on the display.
Existed also a XEROX 800-1 - using only one magnetic card -. This Xerox 800-1 was not so fast as XEROX 800-2

Monday 1st December 2003
Howard Pepper (USA)

We used two of these in my first U.S. Navy fighter squadron, VF-84. We had one in the Quality Assurance (QA) department, and one in the Personnel department. I tried to get a school for maintenance of this beast, but failed the pre-test (I couldn't remember my synchro-servo theory). We eventually replaced them with IBM-style PC's.

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