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Vintage Computers Any vintage computer systems, calculators, video games etc., but with an emphasis on 1980s and earlier equipment.

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Old Yesterday, 1:55 pm   #1
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Default Book for anyone interested in computers

Found a really good book for anyone, or know of anyone, who wants to know how a digital computer really works.

Digital Computer Fundamentals published by Litton Industries in 1965.

Unlike most similar books this really does the job. It works its way from basic gates all through logic, memory and ends at a simple computer. But if you actually follow it then you really will learn. Ok, it uses core stores, but with a scope, pulse generator, some cores and Roadrunner insulated wire you will make a working core store. Other circuits for gates, drum memories etc.

Used to be someone on ebay selling pots of cores, I think in Bulgaria? I bought two, the larger size is better, have a chance of seeing them.
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Default Re: Book for anyone interested in computers

Keeping in mind the technology of 1965, this is an excellent introduction to the basic principles, and available here as a downloadable pdf:

https://archive.org/details/DigitalComputerFundamentals

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Thanks. I have downloaded it. I look forward to browsing it.
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