Lear Siegler ADM3 terminals

From: Tom Jennings <tomj_at_wps.com>
Date: Wed May 19 23:38:01 2004

ADM3 and ADM3a's were used in all sorts of installatins because they
were CHEAP. My first use of one was a "big" Nova system.

(Amusing anecdote: we had all ADM3's (upper-case only), did all our
editing in NSPEED, DG's version of teco. One day we got a software
upgrade or something, had to edit files that came with, and couldn't!
nspeed commands basically stopped working... took many hours to figure
out that the files contained lower case characters and of course all of
our nspeed commands were issued in UPPER CASE (the adm3 displaying
abcdefghi... as ABCDEFGHI...)

On Wed, 2004-05-19 at 14:58, Ethan Dicks wrote:
> On Wed, May 19, 2004 at 09:15:30AM -0400, Ashley Carder wrote:
> > I haven't done my homework yet, but I'm sure someone else already knows the
> > answer.
> > Can these things easily interface to a PDP-11? I don't ever remember seeing
> > one in conjunction with any DEC systems. I think they're neat looking, and
> > wouldn't mind having one.
> That depends on which DEC world you circulated in... there's been a termcap
> entry for the ADM 3A in UNIX for as far back as my experience goes.
> I don't recall seeing them at all in non-university or non-UNIX settings,
> though. DEC terminals cost enough that in the notoriously cheap educational
> market, people gave serious consideration to other forms of terminals (I
> have reciepts from the early-to-mid-1980s for VT100s at around $1,700 each,
> which is why Software Results had a mix of DEC terminals and CiTOH terminals,
> '101's and '101e's).
> -ethan
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