While in the process of restoring my Superbrain QD to operation, I stumbled upon the related fascinating history of the Kermit communications application. I decided to someday exhibit both together. The time had come. Continue reading
The Intertec Superbrain QD, restored.
I found an Intertec Superbrain QD along with some software and manuals in the loft of Philadelphia, PA based Nonprofit Technology Resources (NTR, now disbanded) in the spring of 2015. This started a fascination with the rather mysterious Superbrain and rather long restoration. Continue reading
I obtained an IBM PS2 Model 70 luggable computer last year and it worked well except for the floppy drive. PS2 floppy drives are notorious for short lifespans. Here’s how I repaired a PS/2 floppy.
My exhibit for VCFE 10.0 was to include a bunch of old computers running early spreadsheet programs. I planned to include the closest representations possible for me of the Vintage Computer “Holy Trinity”- The Apple ][, TRS-80, and Commodore PET – all running the original VisiCalc. The PET would prove the toughest.
This is one of the computers I intended to run VisiCalc on for VCFeX. It is a CBM 8032 that I bought locally from a Commodore executive who had stored it in a closet since 1985. I unboxed it last year only to do a quick inspection and power on test. The keys fought me while typing a hello world basic program so I knew for a while the keyboard was going to needed attention. Now that a real use was at hand, it was time to make that keyboard sing.