Товарищ! A PDP-11 in the palm of your hand!

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Товарищ! A PDP-11 in the palm of your hand!

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:43 pm

The revolution has come! Our glorious people's republic has taken the crass bourgeois computers of our capitalist pig oppressors (stop typing, hamei, I know what you're going to type) and brought them to the proletariat! No longer denying the working class the means of computing production, we have put the PDP-11 in the palm of your hand!

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This is a real, incredible Soviet ripoff of my favourite Casio pocket computer, the PB-700 (its sibling, the very similar PB-100, was sold by Tandy Radio Shack as the Tandy Pocket Computer PC-4). It smelled like rotted Marlboro-ffs opening the package, but it works perfectly. The most wacky thing is that despite emulating the Casio fairly precisely, the Elektronika MK-85 is a 16-bit architecture based on the PDP-11 rather than the 4-bit architecture the Casio original used, which they expanded to add dot addressible graphics and custom characters. You can even exploit a bug in its BASIC to run machine language programs.

The feel of the unit is about what you would expect for the CCCP of 1992. It's not great quality, but then neither was the Casio. It has an odd textured finish which is a little off-putting, and the LCD is a bit iffy though that may just be its age.

Unfortunately, it has less RAM than my PC-4 had (about 1.1K, whereas the PC-4 has a whopping 1568 bytes free with the RAM pack) and despite the heavier weight architecture, is a bit slower. It also completely lacks an expansion port, but it does have a port for an A/C adaptor (!).
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Re: Товарищ! A PDP-11 in the palm of your hand!

Unread postby ClassicHasClass » Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:46 pm

By the way, I am sorely tempted to pick up an MK-90 (its bigger brother). There was even a variant of this that did military encryption: http://www.taswegian.com/MOSCOWx/mk-85c.html
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Re: Товарищ! A PDP-11 in the palm of your hand!

Unread postby mia » Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:32 pm

keep us posted!
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Re: Товарищ! A PDP-11 in the palm of your hand!

Unread postby hamei » Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:40 pm

mia wrote:keep us posted!

Please do. I want to hear what happens when the NSA notices Soviet-encrypted emails passing through Google :P
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Re: Товарищ! A PDP-11 in the palm of your hand!

Unread postby commodorejohn » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:47 am

Heh, awesome. Soviet ripoffs are just kind of great (see also: the Polivoks.)
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Re: Товарищ! A PDP-11 in the palm of your hand!

Unread postby Geoman » Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:51 am

ClassicHasClass wrote:The feel of the unit is about what you would expect for the CCCP of 1992. It's not great quality, but then neither was the Casio. It has an odd textured finish which is a little off-putting, and the LCD is a bit iffy though that may just be its age.


Wow! thats a neat find! Thanks for sharing it!

Sorry to be nitpicky, but no CCCP in 1992 anymore ;-)
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Re: Товарищ! A PDP-11 in the palm of your hand!

Unread postby edikat » Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:13 am

klassni !!!!
nyet.. ochen klassni!!!!

what a great find!
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Re: Товарищ! A PDP-11 in the palm of your hand!

Unread postby uridium » Tue Aug 26, 2014 2:20 am

Love it! :)

Look forward to seeing details of the MK-90!
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