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"YouTuber Marc Verdiell, a.k.a. CuriousMarc, has turned a 1930s teletype machine into a Linux terminal. To do that, he had to make circuitry and programming that translates five-bit Baudot code into eight-bit ASCII code."

https://interestingengineering.com/video/computer-whiz-uses-1930-model-15-teletype-as-a-terminal-for-linux

here's a picture of this spiffy terminal interface:

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This is so cool!!

Such projects always remind me computers from 1985 movie Brazil.

I have a Brother electronic typewriter, and I wish to do something similar with it, but did not get my hands on it yet.

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There is a club in germany that does that with teletypes. I saw a demonstration once. I think this thread is about this:

https://forum.classic-computing.de/forum/index.php?thread/14089-verbindung-fernschreibmaschine-computer/

If you don't understand german, there are some english speaking infos lined in there:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zAbWapzwu

https://heepy.net/index.php/Optocouplers_for_teletype_current_loop


Too bad my father dumped his teletype years ago 😞


It also reminds me of "The cuckoos egg" by Clifford Stoll. He connected simple line printers to the terminal lines of his campus to capture the input/output of intruders. 😄

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On 1/23/2021 at 2:21 AM, desertfish said:

I know him because of the Klein bottle episodes on Numberphile!

If you don't know "The cuckoos egg" yet, I can highly recommend it. Not only for the retro factor but I thinks it's a really good story overall.

And if you _do_ know it, there is this dramatization which is really fun:
 


But I digress 🙂

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Cliff Stoll! Oh, how I love that human. I got to talk with him a number of times a few years ago as I was hoping to option his book and make it into a film or TV series. He's marvelous and his story is geek-tastic. The dramatization Falken links to is really worth watching, especially since Cliff plays himself.

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