DEC documentation available

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Date: Wed Aug 16 18:57:46 2000

On Tue, 15 Aug 2000, Corda Albert J DLVA <> wrote
under the Subject: Computer Hardware Documentation Bidders Mailing List?

> Over the past couple of months, I've been trying to accumulate
> some basic DEC documentation. There is quite a bit available
> on the web, but I've needed a number of manuals/schematics/etc.
> that I haven't been able to find, and as a result I've been forced
> to use E-pay more than I would have liked. I don't know how many
> of you out there have checked the DEC/PDP offerings on ebay,
> but there has been quite a lot offered recently in the way of
> documentation. Unfortunately, I find myself bidding against people
> who share my same interest, and it saddens me since I've always
> felt that documentation should be available for everyone who wants
> it (please, no flames! This is just a personal opinion) <snip>

Albert, I agree with the notion that the docs should be available
to everyone. Read on...

On Tue, 15 Aug 2000, I <> wrote
under the Subject: Last week's haul & some questions

> A few weeks ago I got a call from a company (I know a lot of the
> folks there) saying they wanted to get rid of the DEC library.
> That amounted to a carload of books and tapes. <snip>
> When I went in to get the equipment last week, they allowed me to
> rummage through their library and snatch any DEC manuals they had
> overlooked earlier.

I started to haul all these manuals into the house today and got as
far as the kitchen when I realized that there is nothing here
that I don't already have. Then an idea came to me. Instead of
hauling them into the computer room, I hauled most of the DEC books to
the kitchen and sorted it out as to keepers and excess.

I want to make the excess available to anyone who wants them. My idea is
that if you want one of these manuals, then send me a SASE big enough
to hold the book you want, and I will mail it back to you.

Below is a list of manuals. Most of these are small single booklets,
none more than 1/2" thick, and should fit in an envelope. The list
below contains the dimensions of the books. Here's the game plan:

1) first come, first serve
2) email me, stating which book(s) you want. I will reserve the books
   for you and either email you or post a 'prize list' on the list if
   traffic warrants. I will try to keep the list informed as to when
   each book's supply is spoken for.
3) Send me an SASE, one for each book that you want (with exceptions
   noted below).
4) No coins please, include only folding money as a gratuity for taking
   this on, or for the therapist I may need. I'm only kidding, all I
   would like you to include is a note containing your email address
   and book list to make it easier filling the 'orders'. Besides, I would
   just blow the money on more computer junk (Oops, I meant stuff).
5) Campout at your mailbox until the books arrive, then enjoy.

The exceptions to the one book/one envelope will be where there is also
a reference card that will be included with the book. See notes below.

Please do not email me and ask for a mess of books to be shipped to you
in a box. In essence, I don't want to bother with running clear across
town to ship stuff. This way, I only have to go to the end of the driveway.
The SASE method is the only way this will be handled. I guess I could
make an exception if you show up in the driveway tomorrow morning with
your tongue hanging out & drooling all over yourself, but that's the
only exception.

OK, the here's the list:

(last number under dimensions (Dim:) is thickness)

Title: BA42 Storage Expansion Box Installation Guide
P/N: EK-BA42A-IN-002
Quant: 2
Dim: 9 x 11 x 1/4
Notes: first caller gets the one shrink wrapped copy

Title: DEQNA Ethernet User's Guide
Quant: 3
Dim: 9 x 11 x 1/4
Notes: This is for the Q-bus circuit card

Title: DHQ11 User Guide
P/N: EK-DHQ11-UG-002
Quant: 2
Dim: 9 x 11 x 1/4+
Notes: This is for the Q-bus serial card, lot of good info

Title: 881 Power Controller User Guide
P/N: EK-881PC-UG-003
Quant: 1
Dim: 9 x 11 x 1/8
Notes: One of the few DEC docs with a actual schematic

Title: DECserver 200 Hardware Installation/Owner's Guide
P/N: EK-D200C-IN-001
Quant: 6
Dim: 7 x 9 x 3/8
Notes: The first caller will have the option of receiving the bonus,
       the following phamplets:
       DS200 Commands Mini-Reference
       DS200 Rackmount Options Installation Guide (shrink wrapped)
       Allow another 1/8" for these

Title: DECserver 300 Hardware Installation
P/N: unk
Quant: 1
Dim: 7 x 9 x 1/4
Notes: Also includes the Commands Quick Reference phamplet (shrink wrapped)

Title: VT320 Installation & User's Guide
P/N: EK-VT320-UG-001
Quant: 3
Dim: 7 x 9 x 1/4
Notes: first caller gets the one shrink wrapped copy

Title: VT220 Owner's Manual
P/N: EK-VT220-UG-001
Quant: 1
Dim: 7 x 9 x 1/4
Notes: spiral bound version

Title: DECserver 500 User's Reference Card
Quant: 1
Dim: 4 x 8 x 1/16
Notes: only the card, sorry no books

Title: DESTA Installation Card
Quant: 1
Dim: 4 x 8 x 1/16

Title: TK50 Tape Drive Subsytem User's Guide
P/N: EK-OTK50-UG-004
Quant: 2
Dim: 7 x 9 x 1/8

Title: TK70 Streaming Tape Drive Owner's Manual
P/N: EK-OTK70-OM-001
Quant: 2
Dim: 7 x 9 x 1/8

Title: VXT2000 Windowing Terminal - Installation & Getting Started
P/N: EK-VXT20-IN.B01
Quant: 2
Dim: 7 x 9 x 1/4
Notes: I know that there is a companion User's guide to this, but I
       don't have any of them.

Title: VR320 Color Monitor - Installation & User's Guide
P/N: EK-VR320-IN-001
Quant: 4 (plus 3, see below)
Dim: 7.5 x 9 x 1/8
Notes: I also versions for the feriners on the list.
       EK-AP428-IN.001 French
       EK-AG428-IN.001 German
       EK-AU428-IN.001 Italian
       FYI - This is the monitor used with the VXT2000/VXT2000+ series.

Send your SASE to:

Mike Thompson
8470 So US Hwy 41
Terre Haute, IN 47802-5198

I am doing this 1) to get rid of the excess, 2) as an experiment to see
if the SASE idea will work well. Here's hoping.

Received on Wed Aug 16 2000 - 18:57:46 BST

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