I never realised how big the borders are on those monitors. What size is the viewable area?
The screen is 17 inches diagonally. The image is surprisingly sharp for a display built in 1986 – roughly comparable with that of a cheap LCD today. Symbolics (a one-man company now) also sells 19 inch screens which more closely resemble modern CRTs. Those were an extra $300. I did not purchase the upgraded console, as I intend to build a VGA adapter and get rid of the fragile, unwieldy console entirely. This is a somewhat nontrivial project, as the console’s electronics handle the keyboard, mouse, digital audio, and serial port in addition to video.
Did I get this right? You bought a Lisp Machine from Symbolics and now have it at home?
That’s right. I picked it up at D. K. Schmidt’s house last Friday.
Please inform me as to how I may acquire one of these lovely devices.
Now you’ll be a real magnet for the ladies. Chicks totally dig Symbolics!
How’s your lisp OS project going? Gearing up for world domination already?
Judging from your web-site, you look like the lonely spiritual successor of the tunes-cult. I came to late to join them, unfortunately.
What a wonderful purchase. Is it currently functional? Please promise to do at least one hands-on “feature”
The machine is in very good condition and works perfectly. I intend to run it very sparingly until I finish building my solid-state substitute for the ancient ESDI disk inside.
I will post screenshots, once I learn how to capture them. There are plenty of Genera screenshots available on the Net even now, however. I invite you to look at some:
Have you been able to find a solid-state substitue for the ESDI disk in your 3620? I just got a MacIvory, and I too, want to replace its disk with an solid-state drive.
As far as I know, no such thing is available commercially. I intend to build one. The MacIvory, however, doesn’t use ESDI. It uses ordinary SCSI. Drives with this interface (as well as SCSI-to-IDE converters, to which one might attach an off-the-shelf solid state disk) are easy to find.
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