"Single instance" machines

From: Simon Coombs <simon_at_nenevr.demon.co.uk>
Date: Fri Dec 11 17:43:10 1998

On Thu, 10 Dec 1998, Tony Duell wrote:

> > What I *do* have, though, is a Transdata Cx500. 2xDSDD 8", 64mb ram, Z80
> > CPU with a second Z80 on the floppy controller board doing who knows
> > what. I have yet to meet anyone else who has even *heard* of a Transdata
> > computer. [1]
> Now, the name 'transdata' seems familiar for some reason. Did they make
> Prestel sets at some point as well?

I can safely say I have *no* idea! :) I have a bit of Transdata headed
paper, which mentions their supplying "Data Terminals And Microcomputer
Systems", so it's possible. You're not thinking of Tandata though, are you?

> > Was the Philips P850 the machine with 8" hard sectored disks? If so, I've
> > got some spare for any interested parties in the UK. [2]
> Not AFAIK. It's a minicomputer (it says so on the panel) with 2K of core
> (maximum!). Standard I/O was a teletype and possibly a 'high speed' paper
> tape punch and reader.
> I can find no mention of a disk of any kind for it. There were SMD
> interfaces for its larger brothers, and maybe a 8" floppy system, but
> nothing for the P850.

Sounds like it's probably a tad earlier than the machine I was thinking
about! Does it still live?

> > [1] I believe they might have made terminals and paper-tape stuff too...
> You're not confusing them with Trend Data are you? They certainly made
> terminals, paper tape units (very nice ones) and comms stuff

It may be a case of mistaken identity, I suppose. I'm not even sure what
else they manufactured! As I said earlier, I know they were into Data
Terminals and Micro's...


Simon Coombs                                simon_at_nenevr.demon.co.uk
Don't stand on ceremony; just bow low.      CP/M - The once and future O/S!
Received on Fri Dec 11 1998 - 17:43:10 GMT

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.0 : Fri Oct 10 2014 - 23:30:48 BST