[Coladam] woot! Check this out!

Geoff Oltmans oltmansg at bellsouth.net
Thu Jun 11 14:02:51 CEST 2009


agreed. Only bid in the last few seconds of any auction. That's really  
the best eBay strategy.

On Jun 11, 2009, at 1:08 AM, Joe Blenkle wrote:

>    I would say that it's worth having at almost any price, and poor  
> man
>> that I am, I would be willing to front some $$$ toward its  
>> purchase.  I
>> have, however, never used eBay, so I am the wrong person to ask to  
>> bid
>> on it.  Rin would kill me, but I would be willing to part with a  
>> bit more
>> than the current $25ish US bid on it.
>
> I suspect as the auction gets nearer to its end, the price is going  
> to go way over $25. I have often bid on eBay items and it gets crazy  
> the last half hour or so. I've literally had to keep watch on items  
> every second to avoid getting outbid and I've outbid people in the  
> closing seconds of an auction.
>
> It's kind of senseless to bid on it now as it only serves to drive  
> the price up and just because the current high bid may say, for  
> example -- $25 -- (I haven't looked to see what it stands at  
> now)...doesn't mean that bidder hasn't already bid $100 on it.
>
> If the previous bid showed $25, I could bid $100 on it and the bid  
> would only show $26...enough to best the previous bid...then if  
> someone bid $50, my bid would automatically go to $51...and it would  
> keep going up until my $100 I bid was exceeded.
>
> It could be tricky getting this but it would be neat for someone in  
> the group to get it and find out exactly what it is and what it does.
>
> Joe B.
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Rich Drushel" <drushel at apk.net>
> To: <coladam at adamcon.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 4:37 PM
> Subject: Re: [Coladam] woot! Check this out!
>
>
>> On Wed, June 10, 2009 3:58 pm, geoffrey oltmans wrote:
>>
>>> The DB connector is wider than what's typically used for a  
>>> parallel port on a
>>> PC. It does look like it's got an ADAM Net connector where the  
>>> normal 2600
>>> module buttons would go if you look at the pictures closely.
>>
>>    I think the DB connector is a 36-pin.  Original Centronics  
>> parallel
>> was 36-pin.  I seem to remember that some external floppy drives  
>> for the
>> IBM-PC used a 36-pin DB connector.  Maybe it's a place to plug in an
>> external disk drive for some part of the test.
>>
>>    Hard to guess what the unit does.  I suppose it depends on whether
>> the test ADAM's CPU is running the checkout program, or this unit  
>> takes
>> over the address and data busses and runs its own program.  I seem to
>> remember a cartridge ROM that was a System Final Checkout...sigh,  
>> all that
>> stuff of mine is packed away.  If the test program runs on the  
>> ADAM, then
>> maybe this unit is just a set of logic gates and I/O ports set to  
>> give
>> certain responses when certain data are written to them -- a fancy  
>> dongle,
>> if you will.  Since the Expansion Module #1 totally takes over the  
>> busses
>> from the Z80 (and runs Atari cartridges with a 6502 CPU, totally  
>> different)
>> but uses the ADAM video, then I can imagine this unit doing something
>> similar (i.e., autonomous software on the unit, putting the Z80 to  
>> sleep
>> as it were).
>>
>>    I would say that it's worth having at almost any price, and poor  
>> man
>> that I am, I would be willing to front some $$$ toward its  
>> purchase.  I
>> have, however, never used eBay, so I am the wrong person to ask to  
>> bid
>> on it.  Rin would kill me, but I would be willing to part with a  
>> bit more
>> than the current $25ish US bid on it.
>>
>>    *Rich*
>>
>> -- 
>> Richard F. Drushel, Ph.D.            | "They fell:  for Heaven to  
>> them no hope
>> Department of Biology                |  imparts / Who hear not for  
>> the beating
>> Case Western Reserve University      |  of their hearts."
>> Cleveland, Ohio  44106-7080  U.S.A.  |         -- Edgar Allan Poe,  
>> "Al-Aaraaf"
>>
>>
>>
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