My old computer gear-- Any interest?

From: Scott Austin <>
Date: Sat Dec 21 19:09:11 2002

It was interesting to look through the archives. Sad, too. Too many
of those computers are familiar!!

Hey, I probably started way back with a Olivetti Underwood Programma
101 ( That was one of my first real
experiences with a programmable computer (some would say calculator),
way back in the early 70's.

Somewhere after that I did some programming on a TRS-80, storing my
programs on audio tape.

And I wish I could use my HP-25 calculator (1976). I need to find
replacement rechargeable batteries. It was amazing what one could
program into that thing with only 49 steps locations! Fun stuff and
RPN was interesting.

Blah, blah, blah. PDP-11, DEC-System 10, Apple II in college... so on.

Anyway, cleaning up through my things I've pretty much decided to break
the ties and offer up a few pieces of equipment, if you know of any
interested parties:

SUN 3/160 CPU board (pn 501-1208)
        Its a 68020 _at_ 16.67MHz, 68881, Sun-3 MMU, 4MB, 2 MIPS, 9U VME
format, B/W video, Ethernet, serial, parallel ports. This board weighs
nearly 4 pounds!

The site
claims this is the first 68020-based Sun machine.
>From the same 3/160 machine (which years ago I hauled off the 200 some
pounds of chassis-- don't hate me!)...

Clearpoint SNXRAM Memory Board (dated 1986)
        Populated with 8MB with sockets for another 4MB, if you have
the necessary 144 MCM6256 (256K x 1bit) memory chips (with an extra
parity bit for every eight, the numbers work out).
Maxtor XT 43805 380MB SCSI Disk
        Full Height - Approx 6x8x3 5.5 pounds
Micropolis 1325 ST506 85MB SCSI Disk
        Full Height - Approx 6x8x3 6 pounds
        Dated 1986
KIM-1 Microcomputer system (late 70s?)
        It's a 6502-based micro. According to, "The KIM-1 is the first
computer developed by Commodore, or better, MOS [Technologies]. MOS was
an IC producing factory which Commodore took over to be sure of a
constant supply of ICs.... The KIM-1 has 1152 bytes of RAM, 2048 bytes
of ROM and 30 I/O-lines. Some of these lines are used to drive six
7-segment LED-displays and others are used to read the little
hexadecimal keyboard." You would use audio tape for storage and use a
teletype, etc. for My father built this unit up with more memory, nice
power supply, etc.

That's about it (I really don't consider old 386 PCs as interesting),
though I do have a Casio FX-7000 graphing scientific calculator (1985).
 But I saw on ebay going for $6. Its not about the money, it just
shows there isn't much interest in it.

Thanks for your time. If you know of anyone interested in these
things, let me know (I may keep the KIM-1).

Scott Austin

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