Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Jun 2016 20:00 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

We're sticking with our impromptu theme of old hardware for another item, this time around about the DB-19 connector, which is pretty much impossible to buy anywhere - until perseverance, hard work, and smart thinking solved the problem.

This is a happy story about the power of global communication and manufacturing resources in today's world. If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, then you've certainly heard me whine and moan about how impossible it is to find the obscure DB-19 disk connector used on vintage Macintosh and Apple II computers (and some NeXT and Atari computers too). Nobody has made these connectors for decades.


But just as I was getting discouraged, good luck arrived in the form of several other people who were also interested in DB-19 connectors! The NeXT and Atari communities were also suffering from a DB-19 shortage, as well as others in the vintage Apple community, and at least one electronics parts supplier too. After more than a year of struggling to make manufacturing work economically, I was able to arrange a "group buy" in less than a week. Now let's do this thing!

I love success stories like this one.

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RE[2]: Amiga 1000
by Earl C Pottinger on Tue 7th Jun 2016 16:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Amiga 1000"
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I did not know of them in the late 1980's and early 1990's.

I was in Oshawa, Ont. Canada - about 30 miles from Toronto. Did they advertise in Canada back then? I don't remember seeing them in any of the computer magazines I read.

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