Terminal type? Access code?

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    Terminal type? Access code?

    Can someone give me some examples of computer terminal types? For example, different types of terminals in an office building, or an engineering firm. I am trying to make a realistic data file. Thanks.
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    That'll get ya started....

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    Nah, you don't suppose thats what terminal type means, do you?
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    Well, maybe you could define it for us.
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    Gee, I don't know. But I sure felt silly when I got the answer. I reckon that is ok, if you are ok with it.
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    It's always ok to feel silly.

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    I got a good grin out of it. I've worked with "terminals" several times in my life, when I was in the Marines, I took "terminal" leave, that was the last leave before I got out. At Boeing we had millions and millions of terminals....that is what the wires in the aircraft were attached to. But most all of the computers we used were generally, as far as I know, the same brand. Some were dedicated to special functions. That is why I thought there might have been a peculiar name for peculiar terminals. I was just an aircraft technician, didn't have much to do with computers except very precise tasks like looking up a replacement part number or something straight-forward like that.
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    In the past, computers were big boxes in air conditioned rooms. The users sat in offices and talked to them via "terminals". Terminals came in numerous technologies, originally they were like electric typewriters and printed on paper, later they became CRT type monitors.

    There were numerous "standards" i.e. the escape sequence to select inverse video for example. One of the most widely adopted was the standard employed by Digital Equipment Corporation, (DEC - now a part of Compaq), it's VT100 terminal became something of a classic and is now the "ANSI terminal". Towards the end of the dumb terminal era, most terminals were VT100 compliant, or at least had a "compliant mode".

    Another popular standard was the Lear-Siegler ADM terminals, numerous manufacturers licensed that standard.

    The almost universal hardcopy terminal types were "KSR" compliant.

    If the work you are looking at dates from the '70's, it could be that you are looking for...

    KSR
    ADM-3
    ADM-30
    ADM-32
    VT-100
    VT-102
    VT-200
    VT-400
    VT-402

    etc. There were also a large number of wholy proprietory types sold by the mainframe manufacturers and using rather esoteric protocols. IBM, ICL, Honeywell, UniSys etc, all sold them.
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    Yes, the VT series, I remember something of those at Boeing. Although many updates later they had changed to nomenclatures that are no longer part of that heritage.
    I was thinking terminal was what you say, a point in which many users make contact with one main computer. Although, even as I left Boeing, no one really had "terminals" they actually had complete systems that perhaps tied in together, but then you can't call that a terminal can you? Perhaps it would be better to call them "links". Maybe the term "terminal" is now an oddball term that should be canned.
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    I think client/server has essentially replaced terminal/mainframe with the difference being a client isn't necessarily "dumb" like terminals used to be and servers aren't necessarily omnipotent, like mainframes used to be.

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    yet the idea of diskless dumb terminals somehow feels safer than the modern day client/server system(mainly cause people now have physical access to the harddrive and can fairly easily add some malicious software to it).

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