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The SDF Travelling AT&T 605 UNIX Terminal

What is it?

This is a former terminal used on the AT&T 3B2/500 (retired 1998). It has been modified to work as a stand alone computer using a Raspberry Pi Zero W. Just give it a WIFI/hotspot and coordinate with SDF to use it at a vintage computer festival and help spread awareness of SDF's past as well as what we're doing today.

How do I get it?

The terminal can be borrowed for up to 2 weeks. It is shipped in a double box with signage, an ipod/headphones (for the NPR story) and an assortment of SDF stickers and CDs to give away. To reserve the terminal for use at your event, contact 'membership' and provide full details. Please be sure to give enough lead time, preferrably 2 weeks prior to your event.

I wanna use it! Where will the SDF Travelling AT&T 605 UNIX Terminal be next?

  • Sep 11-12, 2021 - Elmhurst, IL - Vintage Computer Festival Midwest - Waterford Banquets
  • Aug 7th-8th, 2021 - Mountain View, CA - Vintage Computer Festival West COMPLETED
  • Mar 19-22, 2020 - Tokyo, Japan - AsiaBSDcon - Tokyo University CANCELLED
  • Dec 4, 2019 - Brooklyn, NY - NYC*BUG Holiday Party at Boat Bar COMPLETED
  • Nov 6, 2019 - Manhattan, NY - Suspenders NYC - Install Fest COMPLETED
  • Sep 14-15, 2019 - Elmhurst, Il - Vintage Computer Festival Midwest COMPLETED
  • Aug 3-4, 2019 - Mountain View, CA - Vintage Computer Festival West COMPLETED
  • Jul 10, 2019 - Seattle, NJ - USENIX UNIX50th @ Living Computers COMPLETED
  • May 3-5, 2019 - Wall, NJ - Vintage Computer Festival East COMPLETED
  • Mar 23-24, 2019 - Seattle, WA - Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest COMPLETED

    Technical Information

    Configuration / New setup:
    Login as the user 'pi' with the randomly generated password and run 'sudo raspi-config'. This will allow you to setup the network once you're on site. Enter your SSID and passphrase through this dialog

    While featuring raspian isn't really the point, you could use the terminal to feature local programs. If you login as user 'menu' password 'menu' and you have a network, you'll be connected to the Living Computer Museum's TTY service which will then allow you to connect to several vintage machines. Logging in as 'sdf' will take you to the old AT&T 3B2/500 when it is running in Seattle, WA (can be arranged).

    It also features sdfer Seth Morabito's AT&T 3B2/400 emulator which is a bit of a surreal experience - just login as '3b2' to spin up a virtual historical SDF.

    The terminal does not have a battery installed (due to leakage) so when you turn it on, it will default to 1200 7E1 with function key labels on. You'll want to set it to 9600 8N1 with labels off.

    The SDF Travelling AT&T 605 UNIX Terminal Setup Screen

    Weight and Dimensions of the shipping box

  • 40 lbs
  • 20 x 20 x 24 in
  • Terminal goes into the inner box. There is a piece of foam to craddle the back
  • The keyboard can be wrapped up outside the box $Id: att605.html,v 1.12 2021/08/17 20:18:47 smj Exp $

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