October 14, 2002
TI microExplorer

Rainer Joswig has a collection of promotional brochures for lisp products from the days of yore. I'll be posting his scans periodically.

Now, here's Rainer:

So it is time for some heart warming memories, now that the cold winter days are coming. We start publishing a series of Lisp memorabilia from before the "dark ages". First there will be some information about the TI Explorer Lisp machines. Little information about those is available on the Internet - compared to the more popular Symbolics Lisp machines.

The first brochure is about Texas Instrument's "microExplorer Computer System", a combination of an Apple Macintosh II and a Lisp processor on a NuBus card. Actually Texas Instruments used the NuBus first on their Lisp machine series before Apple introduced it with the Macintosh II.

The heart of the microExplorer is a 32 Bit Lisp microprocessor that runs an operating system written in Lisp. The software did support ZetaLisp, Common Lisp, Zmacs (an Emacs-like editor) and much more.

Btw., used microExplorers are extremely hard to find.

TI microExplorer brochure, page 1TI microExplorer brochure, page 2
microExplorer Computer System, Pages 1-2

TI microExplorer brochure, page 3TI microExplorer brochure, page 4
Pages 3-4

TI microExplorer brochure, page 5TI microExplorer brochure, page 6
Pages 5-6

TI microExplorer brochure, page 7TI microExplorer brochure, page 8
Pages 7-8

Posted by jjwiseman at October 14, 2002 09:32 AM

BTW, the german computer magazine C't (heise.de) published two articles detailing the architecture and internal works of lisp machines, especially the TI Explorer ones (and the ones you could put into a Mac II, IIRC). This was back in 1989, if my memory serves me right. I will post a complete when I get home, if anybody wants it. (The articles were in German, of course)

Posted by: Andreas Fuchs on October 18, 2002 02:58 AM

I think I have those too and would publish them later. First we concentrate on some original material. ;-)

Posted by: Rainer Joswig on October 20, 2002 03:21 AM

Be sure there are no copyright conflicts. The articles were published in C't Magazine, Issues September 1988 (p. 232-240, Author: Peter Rosenbeck) and October 1988 (232-244).

Interesting, in Oct 1988's issue of C't, there is also an article about software patents (title: "Vom Abmahnen zum Absahnen - Ein Patent-Fossil wiederbelebt", which roughly translates to "Cease and Desist as a Money-making machine - Reviving a fossilized patent") . Ick!

Posted by: Andreas Fuchs on October 21, 2002 11:55 AM
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