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Corestore Wellington

by Corestore » Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:21 pm

Hi folks,

Just thought I should join the forum and introduce myself, as I've just moved myself, my family, and the entire Corestore collection from New York to Welly!

(the 'entire collection' came to something like 30 tons according to the movers...)

It *badly* needs updating and doesn't cover some recent acquisitions, but a fair part of the collection is documented here:

http://www.corestore.org/compute.htm

It's predominantly 1960s and 1970s DEC pdp and IBM mainframe and midrange systems. Here's a System/3 to keep you going :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y-7hYXZ324

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Re: Corestore Wellington

by SpidersWeb » Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:16 pm

That's awesome :) Welcome aboard!

I apologise in advance for our mains voltage, must be a nuisance with all that gear.
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Re: Corestore Wellington

by Corestore » Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:05 pm

SpidersWeb wrote:That's awesome :) Welcome aboard!

I apologise in advance for our mains voltage, must be a nuisance with all that gear.


Thanks! Been here since October and loving it. We've been here a few times - have family here - so we knew what we were letting ourselves in for :wink:

Scottish born and bred, lived in the UK for years before moving to New York - so a fair bit of the collection is UK-origin, so your voltage is just perfect for it, thank you! As for the stuff from the USA, well the frequency is more of a problem than the voltage. Some clocks depend on frequency, some power supplies may care, but disk drives are the biggest problem; quite often they had different diameter drive pulleys for 50Hz vs. 60Hz... may need a big motor/generator for some of the stuff.

My general policy is 'everything works - or dies trying!'

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Re: Corestore Wellington

by falco » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:39 pm

Did you really ship all that from the US? Cripes! Moving house is a nightmare for most people, but moving between countries... with all that...
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Re: Corestore Wellington

by arjoll » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:40 pm

Welcome! I've got a couple of twinax cables rescued from a clearout about 12 years ago at the accounting firm I used to work for - haven't had the heart to throw them away, drop me a PM you want them :)
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Re: Corestore Wellington

by arjoll » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:42 pm

Forgot to add - on the motor/generator thing, one other approach is to use a 60 Hz oscillator, fed into a big audio amplifier then into a transformer. It depends on the power you need - for some of that big iron it's not practical, but for small stuff it shouldn't be a problem.
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Re: Corestore Wellington

by tezza » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:43 pm

welcome to the forums Mike. Is that "big iron" able to be fired up now and again?
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Re: Corestore Wellington

by Corestore » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:46 pm

falco wrote:Did you really ship all that from the US? Cripes! Moving house is a nightmare for most people, but moving between countries... with all that...


Well it's the second move really... the collection first moved from the UK to the USA, at which point it filled a 40' container to the gunwales.

For the moved from USA to NZ, it filled two 40' containers to said gunwales!

Here's a rare photo: the DEC portion of the collection (well, 75% of it) all lined up, so you can see it all at the same time:

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Cheers

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Re: Corestore Wellington

by tezza » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:49 pm

That is some serious hardware!
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Re: Corestore Wellington

by Corestore » Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:34 pm

tezza wrote:welcome to the forums Mike. Is that "big iron" able to be fired up now and again?


Thanks tezza, if you look at the first post in this thread there's a link to the System/3 up and running... here's a pdp-10 power-up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVAHSzz9-Zg

Is it possible to embed video from Youtube here?

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Re: Corestore Wellington

by tezza » Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:49 pm

Corestore wrote:Thanks tezza, if you look at the first post in this thread there's a link to the System/3 up and running... here's a pdp-10 power-up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVAHSzz9-Zg

Is it possible to embed video from Youtube here?

Mike

Awesome. Loved the System/3. Whirring noises....blinking lights.... just need the spinning tapes? :)

You may not be able to embed. Links are fine though.
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Re: Corestore Wellington

by Corestore » Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:37 am

tezza wrote:
Corestore wrote:Thanks tezza, if you look at the first post in this thread there's a link to the System/3 up and running... here's a pdp-10 power-up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVAHSzz9-Zg

Is it possible to embed video from Youtube here?

Mike

Awesome. Loved the System/3. Whirring noises....blinking lights.... just need the spinning tapes? :)

You may not be able to embed. Links are fine though.


Tapes? We do tapes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-MOkZ2d1Ls

Sometimes better than other!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJlqLyvAzNc

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Re: Corestore Wellington

by matsondawson » Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:59 am

That all looks awesome!
Next meet is at your place :)
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Re: Corestore Wellington

by tezza » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:22 pm

matsondawson wrote:That all looks awesome!
Next meet is at your place :)

I second that motion!
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Re: Corestore Wellington

by Corestore » Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:53 pm

tezza wrote:
matsondawson wrote:That all looks awesome!
Next meet is at your place :)

I second that motion!


Yikes give me a month or two to unbox everything and get my feet under the table!

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