DEC VT320: The Classic 1987 Library Computer Terminal

7 cze 2019
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Digital Equipment Corporation built plenty of terminals in the 70s and 80s, but we're focusing on the VT320-C2. Amber monochrome, LK201 keyboard, and a favorite of libraries for online card catalogs. And now for BBSs!
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  • Something about that intro was just stellar

    Colby StoneColby Stone3 dni temu
  • The best computers beep upon startup.

    ThadThad14 dni temu
  • Nice production quality.

    kainenablekainenable21 dzień temu
  • Here’s a crazy question. I just picked up a similar IBM 3151 ASCII terminal that I plan to use in the future for retro computing... Any chance you could hook a dial-up modem to one of these babies?

    H. FisherH. Fisher22 dni temu
  • Gaming on this...mmm 1 fps, clean tho, no lag. Real smooth!

    ProtoMarioProtoMario25 dni temu
    • 16k of RAM is all you need

      FinnFinn23 dni temu
  • used to my IT responsible for a world wide company that used VT420/VT520 and LG31 printers and LA75 printers and a decvax oh the memories.

    Philip SaundersPhilip SaundersMiesiąc temu
  • I've always had the smooth scroll on top of my list of the features of VTs that I totally loved

    Bubba198Bubba198Miesiąc temu
  • Such a beautifully done video on such a random niche computer. Love this channel so much.

    Brandon DennisBrandon DennisMiesiąc temu
  • I remember using those terminals in college in the early 1990s

    Richard ConteRichard ConteMiesiąc temu
  • Magnificent design

    Kingdom of ItalyKingdom of ItalyMiesiąc temu
  • my mammaw had a pc very similar to this, with a typewriter keyboard hybrid which could print things out or be used as a standalone typewriter. any idea what it might be?

    Crap Island.Crap Island.Miesiąc temu
  • Amazing! The interface looks just like the RobCo computer terminals from Fallout!

    CorterriCorterriMiesiąc temu
  • The CRT has thin bezels, at least for a crt

    NausiationStratNausiationStratMiesiąc temu
  • a 1987 terminal can connect to twitter but a 1999 windows 98 or windows 95 pc cant.

    NausiationStratNausiationStratMiesiąc temu
  • love this terminal

    jesus zacariasjesus zacarias2 miesięcy temu
  • What kind of lighting did you use for this video?

    SolidSonicTHSolidSonicTH2 miesięcy temu
  • I've always adored amber screens.

    Christopher BlairChristopher Blair2 miesięcy temu
  • i bought one a couple of months ago...central on my desktop now connected to my linux box via serial port :D nostalgia!

    Brandon GinnBrandon Ginn2 miesięcy temu
  • Dynix is now SirsiDynix and still does library automation software. Their current flagship product is BLUEcloud - a cloud based library automation system (more than just a card catalog).

    Tom2112TomTom2112Tom2 miesięcy temu
  • Anybody old enough here to actually remember using the terminal that Clint showcased in this video? I vaguely remember using them when I was young. They were starting to get phased out around 1995, at least where I lived.

    Jeff GreenJeff Green2 miesięcy temu
  • Oh man. I remember the world at 2400.... Even slower when you insisted on full ANSI... and people looked at you sideways when you tried RIP @ 2400....

    Drog007Drog0072 miesięcy temu
  • You should give a tutorial on how to set it all up

    analogaudio rulesanalogaudio rules2 miesięcy temu
  • Looks like a fallout computer

    Hindol MukherjeeHindol Mukherjee3 miesięcy temu
  • Lol I think I used one of those before.

    Wheelie BlindWheelie Blind3 miesięcy temu
  • Where can I get the cord that goes from the terminal into the wireless adapter?

    Jacob CarelleJacob Carelle3 miesięcy temu
  • That intro was sweet

    Benjamin C.M.Benjamin C.M.3 miesięcy temu
  • that amber hue reminds me of fallout new vegas

    Joey FJoey F3 miesięcy temu
  • As an IT guy, I find it funny how most office workers back in the 80’s started out on terminals, because they were usually connected to mainframes in banks or some sort of transaction heavy system that mainframe did best. Then we took a step backwards to individual PCs which were a pain in the ass to support by comparison (as an IT guy, don’t think most users should have full PCs for what they do). Now that we’ve improved technology, thin clients are back to being a thing, but they’re remotely hosting full desktops or applications. You mentioned Wyse, and before Dell bought them out, they were the biggest name in the thin client game, and instead of connecting to mainframes they connect to a Citrix session. Oddly enough, when I did IT for a Healthcare system they still used mainframes to process transactions, but instead of an actual terminal (which nobody uses anymore, despite their awesomeness) they used a terminal emulator. A terminal emulator is essentially a virtual machine that connects to remote mainframe, and it runs in a normal windows desktop environment. Hospitals use more thin clients than any other type of business, so even the folks in billing departments (the ones that primarily need mainframe access) are actually using thin clients to access a Citrix desktop, which has a terminal emulator installed on it. You’ve got this convoluted Russian doll situation that when you try to explain it, it starts to make the plot of Inception seem far less confusing. Seems like they coulda just kept some legit terminals around for that purpose, and put it next to their thin client to run everything else. I suppose that wouldn’t look as high tech or fancy to their patients/customers, but people have no idea how useful mainframes are and how important they are to massive companies that deal with lots of transactions and logistics.

    KernelpickleKernelpickle3 miesięcy temu
  • That intro had so much "It's good to be back" vibes. I miss the more golden days..

    Sander Van marleSander Van marle3 miesięcy temu
  • So it can display most ASCII characters... But can it run Dwarf Fortress?

    The alertArchitectThe alertArchitect3 miesięcy temu
  • Black and orange... I love it. Reminds me of the style Valve chose for Aperture Sciences’ computers.

    Sir PerrySir Perry3 miesięcy temu
  • Hahaha very funny.

    cameron youngcameron young3 miesięcy temu
  • OoooooOOoOOooo! I used to run a WWIV BBS. Loved those days.

    pmgodfreypmgodfrey3 miesięcy temu
  • I spent so many hours on LORD back in the day.

    pete8475pete84753 miesięcy temu
  • There's something charming and comforting about this terminal. I think it's a few things; the fact that it's totally silent, the smooth scrolling, the amber screen being easier on the eyes for me than the more common green, the keyboard speaker making that cute noise when you press a key, and also the fact that it so effortlessly, quietly and smoothly acts as a window to a much wider (a catalogue of books, BBSs, etc.) just makes it seem pleasant to use.

    bird brainbird brain4 miesięcy temu
  • Beautiful design, exquisite features. I've used this terminal. Nothing compares 2 DEC!

    Adrian GoiaAdrian Goia4 miesięcy temu
  • Might be a vision of the future too... Stuff like Google Stadia may not work well now, but terminal style computing, in which users simply login into cloud servers from wherever they are, and no matter the device, and have ALL their data available to them, is certainly becoming a much more explored thing. As internet bandwidth worldwide continues to get better, there'll be a day in which we don't need local storage, GPUs, or even processing power outside of special situations.

    TikkaQrowTikkaQrow4 miesięcy temu
  • What about the card catalog?

    Tom WilsonTom Wilson4 miesięcy temu
  • Farts and balls! Hahahahah!!

    Jorge Luis Martinez SolisJorge Luis Martinez Solis4 miesięcy temu
  • Very interesting. Is it compatible with the north star horizon computer via the adaptor?

    Alexander SahharAlexander Sahhar4 miesięcy temu
  • actually the vt320 is a classic DUMB terminal ... as it was billed for sale and service not library computer

    0623kaboom0623kaboom4 miesięcy temu
    • yeah i used to service the full line ... of those things ... after the 320 they went cybernex terminals ... worst move ever ...

      0623kaboom0623kaboom4 miesięcy temu
    • lol the classic la 120 layout ... the 320 keyboard was literally extra la-120 keyboards put in a plastic shell ...

      0623kaboom0623kaboom4 miesięcy temu
    • dynex back then was version 3 ... by the 90's ... version 2 was released for 87

      0623kaboom0623kaboom4 miesięcy temu
  • Remembering the awesomeness of the LK 201 keyboard.

    djcdjc4 miesięcy temu
  • It has the same colour palette as my 1987 Honda Prelude's dash: Neon orange. Classic first car memories. Also, did you try the game "Pimp Wars"? I saw it on the list. Hmm...

    Jed AndersonJed Anderson4 miesięcy temu
  • I've used those. And VT220s and VT520s (I think).

    Samira PeriSamira Peri4 miesięcy temu
  • I loved this damned terminal!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    61gisele61gisele4 miesięcy temu
  • I used a DEC VT220, or was it a 320?, as a bedside terminal mid 90's, perfect for reading late night usenet. A good terminal to the linux (or perhaps BSD) 486 PC back then.

    Pontus BorgPontus Borg4 miesięcy temu
  • Play portal still alive on it

    DλN DλLE Dan DaleDλN DλLE Dan Dale4 miesięcy temu
  • I used to have one of those at work to access the hospital's computer system. Those were the good old days. Nothing ran on your desktop. Everything you did was by being directly connected to a big computer network. Things were actually more secure. No internet with no way to save or download stuff to your desktop (aside from printing). Now, they're all long gone (except for yours) by either being recycled, crushed, thrown out, etc. If a company I.T. department told an employee today they're getting one of these to connect to the network, instead of a PC, the employee would kick, scream and cry. :/

    roachtoastiesroachtoasties4 miesięcy temu
  • Wow ! I remember those library days; our local library got some terminals and I thought I was so high-tech using them. Bulletin boards !

    leebest1Aleebest1A4 miesięcy temu
  • I used to use one of these to administer an old telephone system, now you've made me want to go buy one just for the fun of using it to admin my Linux servers. I mean, why not?

    Chris HorryChris Horry4 miesięcy temu
  • As it doesn't include an operating system does it only fuction relying on a firmware (bios)?

    New RefNew Ref4 miesięcy temu
  • I am almost certain that my library in Holland had one of these too! Real flashback here.

    HollaendarenHollaendaren4 miesięcy temu
  • gweep.

    kenabikenabi4 miesięcy temu
  • in the early 90s, I would go to a library in the Boston area which was pretty strict and limited on internet usage times on PCs. While their DEC terminals didn't have a graphical browser, they did have a lynx text browser, which was set up to access an "internet poetry database" online (perhaps the terminals connected to a unix server within the library). Anyways, I just loaded it up from the "Poetry" icon, and manually entered web addresses. From there I could use most of the internet, get around the regular library security barriers in place on their PC web browsers, while also avoiding pop-ups. I could print out whatever page I wanted whenever I wanted, there were no time limits, no record of an account login, or any record of use by me at all. Pretty mild as far as hacking exploits go, it was still satisfying to get around the library's internet rules anytime I wanted!

    Cuvtixo DCuvtixo D4 miesięcy temu
  • Many fond memories of library searches and playing MUDS

    Heber BarayHeber Baray4 miesięcy temu
  • I had three of these connected to misc old DEC and Vax machines back in the mid 90's. Sadly everything was destroyed by a huge water leakage that flooded my apartment for 2 weeks while I was away. Loved the amber on black screen. Very comfortable on the eyes. I also had some WYSE terminals as well as a few Norsk Data terminals. Good old times. :)

    T. W.T. W.4 miesięcy temu
  • My first experience on the world wide web was via a VT320 and text only browser in my middle school library.

    Jared JanhsenJared Janhsen4 miesięcy temu
  • What about the WYSE ones that my library used?

    mystica5551212-subsmystica5551212-subs4 miesięcy temu
  • Absolutely love the production quality of this video

    Jason PepasJason Pepas4 miesięcy temu
  • I am on a Linux system and I pondered if it would be possible to setup REAL terminals with my system so that tty1 is my PC with the GUI on it but then tty2 is output to such a terminal as this one featured? Obviously no gui possible but still. I know it is possible, but how?

    pianokeyjoepianokeyjoe4 miesięcy temu
  • I want one

    Oscar J02Oscar J024 miesięcy temu
  • Still one of the BEST LGR intros ever.

    Pete JohnsPete Johns4 miesięcy temu
  • I must have installed and used a least 50 of these terminals (NorTel/Bell Atlantic) anytime we installed a new PBX. I even showed a customer how to use one to monitor a bank of T1 CSU's. The Hardest Working Terminal In The Industry.

    Pete UrbannPete Urbann4 miesięcy temu
  • Ah shit, I remember logging into various BBS's daily to level up my LORD characters. I'd play multiple games across multiple BBS's and always try to get in on day1 of a game restart... damn memories.

    SaltyBrainsSaltyBrains4 miesięcy temu
  • We had these in my college library in 94. Memories.

    openscholaropenscholar4 miesięcy temu
  • My childhood library (Seekonk Public Library) had WYSE terminals instead of DEC. However at my last job at a seafood company, the seafood auction they bought off of ran on an emluated DEC VT terminal until about a year ago before finally moving to a modern platform.

    Geforce2187Geforce21874 miesięcy temu
  • That intro was really nice

    Christopher KellerChristopher Keller4 miesięcy temu
  • Back to freshman dates

    Edward LeungEdward Leung4 miesięcy temu
  • Having maintained and administered VAX systems for the military in the ninety's, this brings back fond memories... OpenVMS anyone? Not many games on that platform though!

    Daniel BrissonDaniel Brisson4 miesięcy temu
  • “Having a standalone device that exclusively acts as a window to out of sight computer systems...” Now I’m thinking of voice assistants now and the direction we’re heading with 5g and beyond. Perhaps what’s old will be new again.

    Nathanael HonNathanael Hon4 miesięcy temu
  • Amazing presentation.

    CobalTinkeringCobalTinkering4 miesięcy temu
  • These things were awesome. Had them in college and learned to program COBOL on these. A bunch of us computer students also wrote software to redefine the characters to graphics. We used that to make animations like the Hoth snowpeeder attack. Our computer lecturer was stunned, said "That's impossible, how did you do that??". Fun times

    Craig LesterCraig Lester4 miesięcy temu
  • Music stores had these as well. They connected to a main database of album information. Coconuts had them.

    EarlFaulkEarlFaulk4 miesięcy temu
  • 1:20 where can I play that bbs?

    Arconnelly 53Arconnelly 534 miesięcy temu
  • VT320 is perhaps my most favorite terminal ever.

    spearPYNspearPYN4 miesięcy temu
  • For anyone born in the 2000's this is basically an ancient artifact dug up from the ashy grave of Pompeii.

    Cumulus HaloCumulus Halo4 miesięcy temu
  • I am decidedly too young to have any experience with anything like this, and still I find that startup intro indescribably beautiful.

    AgentTasmaniaAgentTasmania4 miesięcy temu
  • It's at times like these that I kinda wish I was around in the 80s

    Lilly like da flowerLilly like da flower4 miesięcy temu
  • This is the only times I’ve seen this background aesthetic used in your videos and I really hope it becomes a norm.

    Courier SixCourier Six4 miesięcy temu
  • Honestly one of the best openings youve ever done my good man

    SpintechfilmsSpintechfilms4 miesięcy temu
  • Oh the fun I had with these! I was system on a VAX/VMS system and I could change the font on these bad boys while they were in use! Way back in the mid 80's, thanks for the memories.

    Bob PombrioBob Pombrio4 miesięcy temu
  • I actually used Level29 to tweet via the Windows Command prompt lol.

    anekoinatophatanekoinatophat4 miesięcy temu
  • love the amber displays

    Chairman MeowChairman Meow4 miesięcy temu
  • I loved L.O.R.D back in the day. I dialed into single line BBS in Morganton, NC and remember trying to get through the busy signal as soon as a new day started so I could go kill!

    nateanthnateanth4 miesięcy temu
  • So awesome.

    Ian ZaineaIan Zainea4 miesięcy temu
  • Intro is dreamy!

    Cirque Du OpinionCirque Du Opinion4 miesięcy temu
  • Cool, it’s works just like what in the movie.

    徐子翔徐子翔4 miesięcy temu
  • Seems kinda silly to ask, but this would be a cool NAS controller or such if you could get it functioning as such (Excuse my ignorance for this older tech, but I'd honestly love a simple little terminal like this to do such things)

    Chance WebsterChance Webster5 miesięcy temu
  • This was a triumph 🎶 I'm making a note here🎶 Huge Success 🎶

    bloozismbloozism5 miesięcy temu
  • Such smooth scrolling! Great episode.

    HighDefHighDef5 miesięcy temu
  • I remember hooking up Wyse terminals to Compaq 386's w/ multiport serial cards running XENIX and Open Systems Accounting Software, modding it in Business Basic Extended. Ah, good times. 🥰

    perfectionboxperfectionbox5 miesięcy temu
  • Reminds me of Fallout New Vegas HUD.

    Chad FockerChad Focker5 miesięcy temu
  • i just realised you could use this as a remote linux terminal...

    Keaton SpenceKeaton Spence5 miesięcy temu
  • Damn this just reminds me of fallout

    tsuguminxkentsuguminxken5 miesięcy temu
  • I remember as a teen, going into one of those librabry with a similar if not identical terminal and spamming some keys to the point where it would refresh or lock up for like a hour unless rebooted, as it was slow but would still remember each key presses and just repeat it until it was done.

    bloxyman22bloxyman225 miesięcy temu
  • Fascinating! Back when I was kid in the 80s everything in our area was IBM with the nearby plants and data centers that housed their mainframes so the terminals we had were IBM dumb terminals that ran off a remote mainframe. For me this is like seeing what the rest of world had back then. When we accessed a BBS it was through our IBM PS/2 286 PCs.

    gwguxgwgux5 miesięcy temu
  • Nice I was the lucky owner of one of these heavy things. Sad someday it wasn’t starting up any more...

    unixtohackunixtohack5 miesięcy temu
  • "It's nice" he says, as he types out 'farts and balls.' I love you man.

    jnerdsblogjnerdsblog5 miesięcy temu
  • Forsyth, eh? Cheers from '80s Lenoir County.

    jnerdsblogjnerdsblog5 miesięcy temu
  • Used to work for DEC. Amazing company. It causes me physical pain how few people even know who they were now.

    Gavin HacklandGavin Hackland5 miesięcy temu