Recognize a mystery Nixdorf machine ?

From: Hans Franke <>
Date: Thu Aug 31 03:32:46 2000

> > Well, this is a Nixdorf 886x system (maybe a 8870, but
> > I don't think so). More specific it seams to be an BNC4
> > system as used in banking environment BNC stands for
> > Banking Network Computer - these have been designd to
> > solve communication issues within the NCN Architecture
> > (Nixdorf Communication Network). These machines have
> > been build from the early 80s until two or three years
> > ago (development lasted until 1995).

> Hmm... banking. That would mean Cobol and IBM. Juuuust great.

Let's agree on Cobol and Assembler and Nixdorf.

> What kind of an OS were these running ?

Beat me, I have to look.

> I did a quicky web-search and
> came up with a bunch of CV's, some stuff from computerwoche (which
> seemed nice, unfortunately I know only two German words and they
> weren't included) and some stuff in Spanish.

These Machines where sold all over the world. Nixdorf
did have a real big footprint in Retail and Banking.

> > Your machine shows an typical BNC structure
> > Upper Row:
> > Cassette Tape Drive
> > Two Disk Drives
> > Lower Row:
> > Power Supply
> > UPS
> > CPU
> > 3 Leitungscontroller (Linecontrolers?)
> > Diskcontroller.
> > I assume the Leitungscontroller have been used for
> > X.25 connections (Still _way_ common in financial
> > instalations).

> Okay, where do you attach the terminals ? I hope they're just
> standard RS-232 stuff, although I might be able to fetch some
> Nixdorf terminals if I have to.

Check for a circular plug (No, not DIN).
To use all funktionality you'll need a Nixdorf
Terminal controller and Nixdorf Terminals -
A serial Terminal may be used for basic issues,
but only if the Software is configured to use it.

> > More Details are only available when you look at
> > the various tags along the boards

> I'll do that and post the information back here (though it
> might take a while)

:) I think we are not talking about an urgent revitalisation projekt :)

> > So, where do I have to pick up my papukaijammerki ?
> > And even more important, do I get a washing machine
> > for these 10 points ?

> Hmm.. for the papukaijamerkki (papu=bean, Kaija=name of a woman, merkki=
> sign/sticker, papukaijamerkki=parrot sticker. The joys of a synthetic
> language with 15 cases) you can go here:
> (don't ask me what copacabanaclub is. I don't know)

Looks like a Kuba themed club/restaurant... I'll try to
remember for my next visit to Helsinki.

> You can pick up the washing machine from Vaasa, Finland. Unfortunately
> it tends to boil over (let's see: I can fix a computer, I'm handy with
> programming and digital design but a washing machine ? That's some
> deep voodoo magic!)

Hmmm - I guess I stay with the usual way (drop and pick up
at my mothers house :)


VCF Europa 2.0 am 28./29. April 2001 in Muenchen
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