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MIT Equipment Exchange


It means one man's trash is another's treasure... but you'd better know what
you're buying.

When home computers were "new", I bought an Anderson-Jacobson 841 there:  it
was a Selectric printer, like the airlines used to use, and it came with an
excellent manual and built in modem.

It also came with EBCD coding.  No, not EBCDIC:  EBCD.  A sixty-four bit code,
with upper/lower case shift characters, a la Baudot/Murray.

I built a little translate table into CP/M, by intercepting the interrupt
vectors for the printer call, and converted ASCII to EBCD, with appropriate
shift/unshift insertion.  It worked great.

It took about three weeks.

What the hell, I *WAS* a computer science major...

Trash or treasure:  IMHO, you'd be well advised to bring a friend to throw a
net over you if you want anything more than five years old.   YMMV.


Chuck Young wrote:

> Does this mean there is a swap-meet like the flea open year round?  What's
> it like and can anyone swing by?
> Anthony, have you been there?
> Chuck Young
> GTE Internetworking
> On Sun, 28 Nov 1999, Anthony J. Gabrielson wrote:
> > Date: Sun, 28 Nov 1999 10:46:11 -0500 (EST)
> > From: "Anthony J. Gabrielson" <agabriel at>
> > To: Glenn Burkhardt <glenn at>
> > Cc: discuss at Blu.Org
> > Subject: Re: MIT Equipment Exchange
> >
> > Hello,
> >       If your going down Mass ave from boston take a left on to Albany
> > st.  IT about a block or two down in a run down looking building.  If your
> > looking to your left you will see a loading dock - thats the entrance.  I
> > saw another email with hours.  I'm pretty sure there open every week day
> > now.  I got the info from the main number.
> >
> > On Fri, 26 Nov 1999, Glenn Burkhardt wrote:
> >
> > > Where is it?  When is it open?
> > >
> > > Thanks!

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