Thursday, January 16, 2020

IBM JX Information Page now online!

I have been wanting to document the IBM JX and put whatever information I can find in a single location. I have seen the wonderful PCjr site by Mike and have wished there was a similar repository for the PCjrs younger brother the JX. 

Well, I have made a start. I'm guessing I have the largest JX pile around (although I read that there were 40+ JX units in Bendigo in my research - I wonder where they went) so I am in a pretty good position to start.

You can find my new site here at http://www.thepcmuseum.com/ibmjx

I have plenty of work to do, so I'll keep going! I'd say I have put at least 24 hours of research, scanning and documentation in so far - and there is a lot to cover.

If you can help me with any magazines or documents, I'd really appreciate any support! Happy to collaborate or work with others.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Busy Busy Busy

It's been a couple of months since I have uploaded a blog (not that anyone reads this), but I have been extremely busy!

In December, I began actively tidying up the shed. In doing so, I was reading some of my documents and discovered some interesting Commodore 65 drawings. While out on a run, I was listening to Chicken Lips Radio where they mentioned the Commodore International Historical Society. I then reached out and uploaded bucketloads. You can see some of my handiwork here -

https://archive.org/details/@abeckett

I also exhibited at the Bundoora Swap Meet in early January with the Australian Vintage Computer group. I brought along an Apple ///+, an IBM JX, Atari 800 and a Commodore PET 8032. 




It was a bit of fun - plenty of interest from the community. It was great to meet many of the people in the Facebook group - other than Alan and Ian - I don't know many of the newer collectors.

In terms of acquisitions over the last few months, I have acquired a Commodore 1540 disk drive in working condition with original VIC ROMs in it as well as a lot of products from tfw8bit.com - The Penultimate Cartridge is a a real ripper. I also picked up all of the diagnostics cartridges (264 Diag, 1541 Test, C64 Dead Test).

I also purchased a PABX to simulate dialup between machines. This cheap chinese unit works great and allows up to 33.6k connections. I look forward to demoing what BBSing used to be like in a future demonstration using real modems.

IBM JX Information Page now online!

I have been wanting to document the IBM JX and put whatever information I can find in a single location. I have seen the wonderful PCjr site...