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Solve RAM wobble

(OK, i know a ribbon cable works but this is more fun)
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Remove the case from a ZX81 with a RAMpack and connect wireless interfaces to the bits where the cable´s connected to the motherboard, a transmitter to the video signal before it goes into the modulator, cover it in Peltier devices to deal with overheating, then leave it permanently plugged in in a cupboard somewhere in a box. Take the empty case, put a similar transmitter and receiver inside it, and use it as if it´s the actual computer. Same goes for the cassette interface. No more RAM wobble.
And it only took me twenty-seven years to think of a solution.
nineteenthly, Dec 19 2008

VT52 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VT52
[DrBob, Dec 19 2008]


       Congratulations. You just re-invented the dumb terminal!
DrBob, Dec 19 2008

       Rather dumber than before though, since it now does even less, no? Actually, how dumb were they exactly? Did they convert keypresses to ASCII and generate characters, or just send and receive signals?
nineteenthly, Dec 19 2008

       They generated characters which appeared on the monitor in front of you before you pressed 'Send' to whisk your communication off to the mainframe. I really don't know at which end of the pipe the conversion was done but I would guess that it was at the terminal end rather than when it arrived at the computer.
DrBob, Dec 19 2008

       I thought Blu tack was the answer?
Dub, Dec 19 2008

       Right, so not Xenu then?
Thanks, [DrBob], it must be i suppose, but what about the likes of the VT52? Was it really possible to do all that back then in one little box?
nineteenthly, Dec 19 2008

       You're going back a bit further than I do with the VT52. I started on ICL orange & brown boxes (which had satisfyingly chunky keyboards) in the early 80's.
DrBob, Dec 19 2008

       The first thing i used was some sort of teletype thingy with feet which reminded my seven-year old self of a robot. It was at the local college and communicated with some kind of Hewlett-Packard mainframe in London. I wasn't aware of the details. What i've never got is how video terminals used to work before microprocessors.
On looking at your link, i realise i actually meant the VT05, which could scroll and do direct cursor addressing, so presumably it had local storage, and since it predates eight-bit processors and the likes of the 2114, i don't get how it stored the display. If there's a piece of paper, the characters are on it and tend to stay there, but on a scrolling video display, that can't be so.
Come to think of it, you could also use a ZX81 as an interface to another ZX81 but replace the ROM with terminal-type software.
nineteenthly, Dec 19 2008


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