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Project BlinkenBone - historic Blinkenlight console panels controlled by single-board Linux computer

The latest Linux single board computer "BeagleBone" is used to control one or more historical Blinkenlight console panels with the simulation software "SimH" or other programs.

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You want to connect your own panel? Here are some step-by-step instructions.

After a year, there are several BlinkenBone projects now:

  • PDP-11/40. This panel was the first, and is documented on these pages in detail. It was well received on VCFe 14 in April 2013 in Munich.
  • PDP-11/45. BlinkenBone is finished, but since the colored acryl glass plate is missing, it is too ugly to publish pictures of it.
  • IBM 360/30. Went to the U.S., is under construction since March 2013.
  • PDP-10 KI10. Read here. Hardware is complete, SimH connection still missing.
  • PDP-11/70. Was already connected to USB, now moved to BlinkenBone, see here. Hardware is complete, SimH connection still missing.
  • another PDP-11/70 is under construction in the U.S. since Aug 2013.

 

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