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Tektronix 4014-1

A battered Tektronix 4014-1 computer terminal spotted by Jaceveldhuis.
Published November 27, 2021
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This once kick-ass specimen, spotted by Jaceveldhuis with a metaphorical garbage bag standing next to it, apparently served its turn. Somebody should really rescue it.

The Tektronix 4010 series was a family of text-and-graphics computer terminals based on storage-tube technology. This means they had no memory (extremely expensive in those times) and no additional electronics were needed to maintain the display on the screen, what made them much less expensive than contemporary terminals, such as the IBM 2250.

Images drawn to the screen of this kind of terminals remained there until deliberately erased.

Several members of the family were introduced during the 1970s, the one on the photo is a 19-inch 4014. According to the Wikipedia entry, they were widely used in the computer-aided design market in the 1970s and early 1980s.

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Published on Sat 27th Nov 2021. Featured in KBD #54 (source).


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