Find a person named JIM COON who did work at IBM Rochester, MN

He worked the DHCF emulation where 3270 sessions could be done on the
System 36.

Not sure if Jim is still in Rochester. Dude was kind of technical and not
much on the
social side.

On Mon, Dec 2, 2019 at 9:33 AM <alan@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


I've built a line-sniffer for my mid-80s System/36 (5362) in an attempt
to fully understand the TwinAx electrical and protocol layers. The long
term goal is to build an affordable open-source terminal emulator
providing either a TN5250 bridge to emulated TwinAx terminal sessions or
a more simple telnet/ASCII/vt10x translation on a series of TCP ports by
a WiFi ESP32. offers a lot of similar products but they
are closed-source and far outside of the price range of most retro
computing enthusiasts. There doesn't appear to be a lot of people
running older System/32, S/34, S/38 and gen-1 AS/400s. But the keyboard
pirates are slowly destroying older terminals and I want the surviving
machines to be easy to interface to so they can be as usable as

I've worked through all the electrical and framing issues and annotated
a few dumps of the S/36 IPL with both an InfoWindow II and 3179
attached. The output of which can be found here:

The message structure and limited command descriptions came from this
document starting on PDF page 122 / printed page number 4-9:

However it is incomplete. Not all commands are enumerated, the modifier
address bits are not explained (addresses a LU inside the terminal), and
none of the context or arguments for the commands are elaborated on. A
simple example of what I am referring to is, for example, the
explanation of the argument bits for the SET MODE command, etc.

Can anyone point me to a document or resource that fully explains the
TwinAx 5251 model 12 display protocol? I've been searching for days now
and no luck. And I really can't make anymore progress until I'm
unblocked by documentation. I simply don't have enough time to
trial-and-error reverse engineer bit meanings.


Alan Hightower
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