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    New/DIY hardware to digitize punched tape for preservation

    Received an experimental version of the reader from John, decided to try out one of the shorter tapes quickly today. POETRY 10 REM POETRY 20 PRINT "IF WE CAN RELATE A SEED OF LIFE," 30 PRINT "TO AN ATOM OF ENERGY," 35 PRINT "......................................" 40 PRINT "MAN TO SPACE"...
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    New/DIY hardware to digitize punched tape for preservation

    I thought about getting a physical machine and programming an Arduino to save the data. But that would be more expensive, and I do not have the mechanical/programming skills/knowledge to make something like that. An other try by John on one of my other tapes, labled "Wizard" It is by far the...
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    New/DIY hardware to digitize punched tape for preservation

    Obviously not, it is only the very beginning of that tape, not the entire program. But it is the beginning... Still experimenting the workflow to get through these, trying things out.
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    New/DIY hardware to digitize punched tape for preservation

    The tapes have arrived. In fair condition. A lot of the plastic rubber bands have turned to goo, some of it even sticky like it melted. But possible to get off without tearing the paper. From the writings on the paper, it appears to be a collection of games, math problems/processing, drivers...
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    New/DIY hardware to digitize punched tape for preservation

    Talking with Johnr about his virtual punched tape reader, it is looking like a really good and interesting solution. I just have to develop a strict and consistent photographing/scanning and stitching workflow so the results will be accurate. Some more info about the tapes from the seller...
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    New/DIY hardware to digitize punched tape for preservation

    Most projects seem to use phototransistors of some kind, an electronic solution. The one from github and the OP-80a replica seem to be the most thought-out and documented. I haven't got any experience with Arduino coding and teletype/altair formats coding so I would need help from the community...
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    New/DIY hardware to digitize punched tape for preservation

    The project at GitHub looks doable. I could probably source the parts, it may take a little while for all of them to get here. May have to order at least 5 PCBs though of each, depending on the printing company. I don't think I will be able to sell the other 4 units that I could make? I...
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    New/DIY hardware to digitize punched tape for preservation

    I have seen emulators, yes. But I need something to read mine. An other option is to take the photographic route, using images of the tape stitched together. http://www.johnr.uk/workshop/computing/vptr/index.html I will try to reach out to John and see if his program can help out here. Not as...
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    Across the board is the vintage computer enthusiasm and Forum interest waning?

    I think for sure more people are interested in running Windows 98/XP-era machines. I am 25 years old now and grew up with the OS, the games, the hardware. A big part of my youth. I assume this is the same way older folk look at big iron, mini computers, MS-DOS. As new generations start feeling...
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    New/DIY hardware to digitize punched tape for preservation

    Is there any new/DIY hardware that can digitize punched tape to a modern digital format? Be it saving the raw 8-bits to a .bin file or saving the program to a .txt file in ASCII. Because I acquired lot of punched tapes from the USA with the intent to digitize, preserve and make the contents...
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    Playing 1/2 inch NASA data reel through 1/4 inch audio reel to reel recorder

    lets welcome this post to 2019! I have decided to release an unfinished version of the processed data from Pione-QK7992H done by Hans. there are 12 files on the tape, of which we have confirmed 6 to be image files, and have decoded them. There are 3 B/W images and 3 duo-colour images. (file1...
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    Playing 1/2 inch NASA data reel through 1/4 inch audio reel to reel recorder

    First attempts at merging the blue and red channel from a B/R photo:
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    PM database error

    When trying to access PM Inbox, or when I try to send a PM, I get the following page with this message: http://www.vcfed.org/forum/private.php "Database Error Database error The Vintage Computer Forum database has encountered a problem. Please try the following: Load the page again by clicking...
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    Playing 1/2 inch NASA data reel through 1/4 inch audio reel to reel recorder

    Really cool that you worked on NASA tapes before, how did that come to be? and how do the tapes usually end up in the 'wild'? There are many unknowns, but with small steps I believe we can figure this out. I looked around for Kyread, and buying from their website the shipping cost alone is 150...
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    Playing 1/2 inch NASA data reel through 1/4 inch audio reel to reel recorder

    I got a NASA data reel, and I am looking into getting several more. I am talking with a computer museum about digitizing them. Today I played part of the tape through an AKAI X201D. I did not expect to get any usable data, maybe a faint signal. This is the tape: You can find WAV files and...
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    Micropolis 1335 heads not moving

    I have searched the internet about stuck heads on Micropolis 1335 hard drives, it seems to be a common problem. The head stack rests on a rubber bumper when in locked position (off). When you turn on the drive, the heads unlock and are free to move. They are suppose to move off the locked...
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    DOS GUI: Dynamic Enviroment 1.18 & 2.01 POWER

    Dutch DOS GUI from 1990, but can run on my 8088 just fine. Downloads: DE 1.18 & partial manual 3 720K 3.5" install disks, but can be run from disks without HD install. DE 2.01 POWER Copy from MFM harddrive I got, don't have the disks, just the installed files. Some of DE's interesting...
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    Freecom Traveller FC-TCD-24 PCMCIA/USB/parallel CD-ROM

    Disk 1: Disk1 Rev.017 DOS, winx9, parallel pcmcia usb Freecom technologies Software for Cable Parallel / Classic: DOS Cable PCMCIA: DOS / Win 98 / Win ME / Win 2000 Cable USB: Win 98 / Win ME / Win 2000 Rev. 017 Disk 2: Disk2 Rev. 017 Cable PCMCIA Win95 NT 4.0 Freecom technologies Software...
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    Philips P3105 manual & drivers & OS

    Information, user manual and Philips DOS diskettes for the Philips P3105 8088 desktop PC. The manual contains information on how to connect the machine, complete first setup, how to install DOS and Jumper / DIP switch information. The manual is about the 5.25 inch version but is applicable to...
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    Nec versa 4080h

    System Specs, drivers & manual for NEC Versa 4080H Type of System: Laptops / Notebooks Bus Architecture: 2x PC Card (PCMCIA) Native OS: DOS / Windows CPU Type: 120MHz Intel Pentium Standard Memory: 8 MB (non-removable) Maximum Memory: 40 MB Memory Expansion: 1 socket 10.4" TFT Active Color...
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