DIGI-COMP 1 Assembly Instructions now available

From: Ethan Dicks <erd_at_infinet.com>
Date: Sat Jul 18 13:52:10 1998

> Thankfully, I was using a T1 at the time I first looked at this page and
> didn't notice the size of the images.

I printed out page 1. It brought my SPARC5 w/128Mb to its knees for
several minutes. I did get a good print out of an HP LJ4Si, though.

> The first thing you should do is reduce them from RGB to Grayscale.

Good advice. Also, it's lots of work, but using Photoshop to clean up
the page where there _isn't_ any writing might look a little bizarre
(unless you contoured the erasing to match areas), but it will compress

> I tried it and it doesn't reduce image quality at all.

It won't, except for the loss caused by compressing, expanding and compressing
a JPEG file.

> Also, does anyone currently own the rights to this?

Edmund Scientific.

> I would like to make an HTML and DVI version of it, which would be
> much easier to read, since it wouldn't involve as much horizontal scrolling.

I didn't try to read it on the screen. I printed it. Eventually.
> Now, some questions about the computer itself.
> A) How much did it cost in 1998 dollars?

I do not know how to scale inflation off the top of my head, but I think it
cost $5.95 in 1969.

> B) Was there ever a DIGI-COMP II?

I have heard of one, but not seen one.

> C) What type of plastic was used in it?

White polystyrene, IIRC, like that used in model airplanes, approx .75mm thick.

> D) Has anyone tried to make one?

No, but I've manufactured missing wire parts for one. It's harder than it
sounds. It would have been easier if I'd had a bending jig, not pliers.

> E) How popular was it?

Boy... unless you mean exact numbers sold, I wouldn't know how to answer
that one. In any case, I don't know how many were made.

> F) What year was it terminated?


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