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Re: Xerox Alto Restoration

Unread postby robespierre » Sat Nov 26, 2016 6:39 am

Part 11:

Marc takes the Alto mouse apart; Ken and Luca play with a couple of programs from the Alto's early days (Bravo and Draw)

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Re: Xerox Alto Restoration

Unread postby robespierre » Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:41 pm

Part 12:

Fixing the 3Mbit/s Experimental Ethernet hardware, and a visit from some Alto pioneers:

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Re: Xerox Alto Restoration

Unread postby robespierre » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:27 pm

Part 13:

Attempts to create new Diablo and Experimental Ethernet interfaces not quite successful:



Part 14:

Testing some software on loan from Xerox PARC:

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Re: Xerox Alto Restoration

Unread postby robespierre » Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:48 pm

Part 15:

Experimental Ethernet interface working: (this was demonstrated at VCF West)


Part 16:
Diablo disk failure caused by a fragment of a static dissipating resistor! and more:


The Alto monitor depends on an incandescent bulb:
http://www.righto.com/2017/10/inside-vi ... -tiny.html
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Re: Xerox Alto Restoration

Unread postby robespierre » Sun Oct 22, 2017 8:34 pm

Smalltalk-76 running again on the Alto:
http://www.righto.com/2017/10/the-xerox ... iting.html
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Re: Xerox Alto Restoration

Unread postby jan-jaap » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:07 am

This is awesome.

I love following this series.
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Re: Xerox Alto Restoration

Unread postby robespierre » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:33 pm

Our intrepid explorers put their experience to work restoring an Alto that was stored in a barn:



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Re: Xerox Alto Restoration

Unread postby jan-jaap » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:23 am

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