Mike's Basement Cleanout, Round 2


(Last updated: 2016-11-20)

Over the years I have rescued way too many vintage (and sometimes not-so vintage) computer items and now I need to thin the herd out a bit. This is a partial list of things that I have available that you might find interesting or useful.

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($8) IBM eServer iSeries 400 Redbooks Collection, October 2001 (New/Sealed)

IBM document number: SK2T-2849-11
ISBN: 0738423858

This is a set of two CDs containing PDF documentation for the IBM iSeries mid-range computer system. (iSeries is the current name of the venerable AS/400 line that dates back to 1988.)

Disc 1 topics:

  • Application Development/Languages
  • Business Intelligence
  • Client Server
  • Database & Files
  • Domino ERP

Disc 2 topics:

  • e-business and Networking
  • General and Operations
  • Server Consolidation

These are original pressed CDs, new and in their original shrink wrap.


($25) Netscape Navigator Gold 3.01 New/Sealed

Netscape Navigator Gold 3.01 for Windows NT or Windows 95

Requirements:

New and still sealed from 1996 ...

      


($4) A Business and Its Beliefs: The Ideas that Helped Build IBM

Author: Thomas J Watson Jr.
ISBN: 0070684863
Year: 1963
Condition: Very good, but with a former owner's name written on the first page

Want to catch a glimpse of what it was like to work at IBM about 50 years ago? Here is a book by legendary IBM CEO TJ Watson Jr.

Note: Current IBM employees might find this too outlandish to believe compared to the IBM of the last 10 years ...



($4 each) Various printer manuals (Panasonic, Transtar, Mannesmann Tally)

       
       

($1) IBM Lotus Sametime Unyte Promotional Pen

This is a fairly nice ball-point pen advertising the Sametime Unyte web conferencing service. It's not terribly vintage, but it does have the magic three letters on it (IBM).

       

($5) COMMON Fall 1996 Conference Bag (IBM, AS/400)

Show your AS/400 street cred!

COMMON is an independent AS/400 user group. This bag was handed out at their Fall 1996 conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

The bag is 15 inches wide, 12 inches tall, and about 2 inches wide. It is not padded - this is before laptops were common. The condition is very good to excellent.


($25) Borland Turbo C++ for DOS version 3.0 with diskettes

Borland Turbo C++ for DOS is a classic DOS development environment that features:
Requirements: An 80286 or better CPU, 1MB of extended RAM, a hard drive and DOS 3.3 or later. If you want to use the IDE go for a faster 80386 machine or don't worry at all and run this inside of DOS in VirtualBox or VMWare.

The diskettes are readable but in case they do not work for you I have images that I can send electronically. Only the 3.5" diskettes are included; I can provide images of the 5.25 diskettes electronically.

I used Borland Turbo C++ for years doing everything from writing small hard drive utilities to writing most of the mTCP TCP/IP stack for DOS, showing that it is a very capable compiler. There is also lots of older 3rd party libraries out there for Turbo C++ available on old shareware archives including Simtel.

(Note: The copy in these photographs has gone to a new home.  I have another copy available and I will update the pictures shortly. The other copy is essentially the same; the diskettes might differ slightly and one or two pieces of the smaller paperwork might be different or not included.)

           

($5) Borland Turbo C++ for DOS version 3.0 Manual Only

Have a copy of Borland Turbo C++ for DOS and need just the manual? This is for you ... 772 pages of pure reference goodness. Topics include:
  • Using the Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
  • An Introduction to C++ (as it was in 1992 ...)
  • Debugging in the IDE
  • Managing large projects
  • Command line switches for the compiler
  • Language references
  • Memory management, Video functions, etc.



($4) IBM Hands-On BASIC For the IBM PCjr

Authors: Arthur Luehrmann and Herbert Peckham
Published by: IBM and McGraw-Hill
Year: 1983
ISBN: 0-07-049169-0
Pages: 430

Hands-On BASIC for the IBM PCjr is a gentle introduction to programming in BASIC and using the IBM PCjr. Topics include how to load and save programs on cassette or diskette, graphics, music, subroutines, loops, and arrays.

A copy of this manual was shipped with every PCjr. This particular sample is in good condition.

      


($8) Discovering The IBM PCjr Home Computer

Author: Peter Norton
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Year: 1984
Pages: 167
ISBN: 0-914845-01-2
Condition: Used, very good (no writing, no bent pages, etc.)

This book is a gentle introduction to using the IBM PCjr. Topics include computer basics, a tour of the PCjr, games, education, communicating using a modem, programming in BASIC, working with DOS, and an introduction to how a computer works at a more technical level.

Peter Norton was famous in the 1980s for writing a series of books on the IBM PC and related computers, and of course for being the author of The Norton Utilities.

   



($8) Exploring The IBM PCjr Home Computer

Author: Peter Norton
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Year: 1984
Pages: 320
ISBN: 0-914845-02-0
Condition: Used, good (no writing, no bent pages, some sticker adhesive on the covers)

This book is the second in the series and has a bit more technical depth. Topics include the 8088 CPU, memory and registers, the ROM BIOS, diskettes, video displays, communicating using modems, sound, and "hidden goodies in the ROM BIOS."

Peter Norton was famous in the 1980s for writing a series of books on the IBM PC and related computers, and of course for being the author of The Norton Utilities.

   



($12) How to use the IBM PCjr

Authors: Jerry Willis and William Manning
Publisher: dilithium Press
Year: 1984
Pages: 136
ISBN: 0-88056-300-1
Condition: Used, very good (no writing, no bent pages, one small extraneous sticker on the back cover)

This is another gentle introduction to using a PCjr. Topics include setup and installation, using the cassette or disk drive, programming in BASIC, sound, color graphics, selecting additional software and hardware, and some appendices of technical information. dilithium Press was a small publisher in Oregon that was active in the late 1970s and early 1980s; (nearly?) all oftheir books were on the topic of computers.


   



($35) IBM AS/400 System Handbook, 12th Edition, March 1983

Publisher: IBM
Date: March 1993
IBM Part Number: GA19-5486-11
Pages: 299
Condition: Good, some wear on the covers, no writing or bent pages

This book introduces the IBM AS/400 to the reader, and then delves into the different model numbers, options and configurations in great detail. This particular edition predates the arrival of the PowerPC based AS/400s by a few years. It includes models 9402 F02 through 9406 F95. Attachments such as magnetic tape drives, terminals, and printers are also covered.

These machines are near the last of the original, "white box" AS/400 computer line. At the same time these models were being sold and this book being printed, IBM was also undertaking a large multi-year effort to move the AS/400 to a PowerPC based processor.

You are not going to find this on Amazon or eBay ...



($35) IBM AS/400e series System Handbook, 16th Edition, August 1997


Publisher: IBM
Date: August 1997
IBM Part Number: GA19-5486-15
Pages: 545
Condition: Very good/Excellent, very minor wear on the covers, no writing or bent pages

This book introduces the IBM AS/400 to the reader, and then delves into the different model numbers, options and configurations in great detail. This particular edition reflects the arrival of the PowerPC based AS/400s which were introduced in June 1995. It includes models 9401 150, 9402 436 and 9406 Models 600, 620, 640, 650, S10, S20, S30 S40. Terminals, printers, storage devices, and licensed program products are also covered.

All of the systems in this book are running operating system code that I wrote while I was an early tenure employee at IBM.

You are not going to find this on Amazon or eBay ...



($3 each) Various Books (C++, Eudora, Lotus 1-2-3, Windows,)