Intertec SuperBrain II Jr.
Donor: Sally Evans
Location: Williamsburg, VA
Many, many thanks to Sally Evans for donating the
SuperBrain! It's name is "Bertie", after Albert
Einstein (a superbrain is there ever was one). It comes
- twin Z80A's at 4Mhz (one churns the
numbers and handles the screen, the other
runs the disk I/O)
- twin 5 1/4" drives, each holding
- 64Kb RAM
- generously sized monitor, 80 columns by
24 rows (plus one status row), razor
sharp, specially treated to reduce glare
- twin RS-232 serial ports
- CP/M 2.2 for an operating system. (Ya
gotta love an OS that only takes up
- 8080 disk assembler and debugger
- text editor
- file handling utilities
- Microsoft BASIC (of course)
I absolutely love it! It boots in 7 seconds, but takes
7 more seconds for the screen to warm up enough to see
anything. This is the first CP/M machine I've had a
chance to actually play with and, so far, it's a blast!
The SuperBrain is structurally huge, weighing a full 45
pounds. It's constructed of a special structural foam, so
it's actually lighter than it looks. The area around the
screen and keyboard is covered with a rubbery, felt-like
coating. It's easily the most rubbable computer I've ever
seen. The one drawback is that the power switch is on the
back of the housing and it's a long
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