Changelog (2016 - 2019)

For more recent changes go HERE.

Note: Only the more significant changes were tracked during these early (and very hectic) years of the MAD Edition, so this list is very much incomplete.


26 Dec 2019 – 27 Dec 2019

  • Minor index and disks page tweaks
  • Links/media links update

01 Dec 2019 – 16 Dec 2019

  • Index page update, sections reorganized
  • Minor Operator/Indicator Panel changes, 85 Indicator Panel schematic update
  • Added Flash ROM info page
  • Reworked 85 K/N planar outline and description
  • Updated 9595, Bermuda, and Lacuna planar outlines and description
  • Merge of the latest Louis' changes; snapshot taken 15 Dec 2019

20 Nov 2019 – 23 Nov 2019

  • Index page update, new index menu, reworked sub-sections, a little bit of SEO
  • Fixed some broken links and URL case inconsistencies.

14 Nov 2019 – 16 Nov 2019

  • Updated and fixed the Processor Complex Matrix (from Louis)
  • Added Tech. Ref. for PS/2 76/77 i/s, Server 85, Server 95, 95A (INF) (from Louis)
  • Index page update (simplified and reorganized)
  • New index pages for PC, RT, RS/6000, ThinkPads, and other systems
  • Tweaked colors of the PS/2 form factor previews
  • New index image (from Wikipedia, made by Raymangold22, public domain - CC0)
  • Reorganized the Needham's Programmers section a bit
  • Added a few more IBM patents
  • Added some new POST/IML error codes + other minor tweaks

26 Sep 2019

  • Model 76/77 - added some more flash BIOS files, minor cleanup

21 Aug 2019 – 23 Aug 2019

  • Added RM Nimbus index and files
  • Added some Olivetti files
  • A few additions to the Link collection
  • Minor index update and some other changes
  • Tweaked "Peter H. Wendt's Adapter Picture Collection" and made it available locally

18 Aug 2019

04 Jul 2019 – 17 Aug 2019

  • Cleaned up a few pages
  • Localized a few more links, added internal links
  • Promoted the "ALR Files" page to a proper ALR index page
  • Added NCR index page, NCR file libraries, system files, documents, etc.
  • Added Olivetti index page, Olivetti system list, service guides, documents, etc.
  • Configuration index and Technical Background index are now two separate pages
  • Technical Background - added info about MCA-specific programming routines
  • Imported Model 25 pages from William R. Walsh's website + new sub-index
  • Imported EduQuest pages from William R. Walsh's website + new sub-index
  • Added Apricot index page, system info, and some files.
  • Merge of the latest Louis' changes; snapshot taken 17 Jul 2019
  • 95/95A planar cleanup, new outlines, fixed links
  • Parallel port & mouse cleanup (fixed links, localized files, reworked tables, etc.)
  • Floppy pinouts reworked tables, added 40-pin planar pinout, cable diagrams...
  • Resolved the networking index vs adapters index vs main index redundancy
  • Localized Token Ring NIC benchmarking info from Wolfgang Gehl
  • Added Infotronic IGP64 CHROMA/MCA page, based on info from Wolfgang Gehl
  • Resolved the 9590 planar vs 9590 Common Devices redundancy
  • Added a proper 9590 index page, cleaned up the 9590 pages, new planar outline
  • Cleaned up the Op Panel page, replaced all the ASCII-art with proper schematics
  • Added some more PS/2 and MCA patents held by IBM, new patent folder and index
  • Added memory technology docs from IBM Microelectronics (DRAM, VRAM, etc.)
  • Reworked the Op Panel page, added schematics for 85, 95 XP, and 95A panels, pinouts and much more...
  • Localized Intel FDIV Processor Replacement Program pages
  • Localized Processor Complex-related IBM Technical Disclosure Bulletins + links
  • Reworked the PS/55 and Multistation index pages, fixed up a few other PS/55 pages.
  • Added memory chip conversion chart (DRAM, SRAM, EPROM, FLASH...)
  • Fixed a multitude of broken links and URL case inconsistencies.
  • Some final pre-release touches across the board.

29 May 2019 – 25 Jun 2019

  • Merge of the latest Louis' changes; snapshot taken 29 May 2019
  • Cleaned up a few pages
  • Localized a few more links
  • Fixed some internal links
  • Added a few more scans/articles
  • Removed some more duplicate pages (serial, parallel, error index, etc.)
  • Added a list of the RETAIN books
  • Added PS/2 brochures (from 1000bit.it)

30 Apr 2017 – 13 Jun 2017

  • Merge of the latest Louis' changes (apart from some "broken" bits, and parts that were already tweaked in the MAD Edition); snapshot taken 30 Apr 2017
  • Added PS/2 Model List and PS/2 Form Factor pages
  • Added a collection of PS/2 and MCA related articles from PCMag, InfoWorld and other mags. (Thanks Google Books!)
  • Added a few more PS/2 PDFs
  • Added local copy of reconstructed Piper Research website
  • Added Kingston Files
  • Cleaned up a few pages (burn in hell WYSIWYG HTML editors!)
  • Localized a few more links
  • Some plain text tables reworked to HTML format
  • Added 6900 - Personal Typing System page with info and pics from Scott Peterson
  • Added detailed 8580 20 MHz planar outline and component list
  • Reworked/corrected/added a few more planar outlines (8525, 8530...)
  • Added a list of common IBM PS/2 ASICs
  • Added Technical Information Catalog (by IBM) - list only, no files
  • Added PCI/Micro Channel White Paper (by IBM) - PCI/MCA comparison
  • Added local copy of (MCDA) Micro Channel Developers Association, just for fun...
  • New fancy index images
  • Tweaked the PS/55 and Multistation "Timeline" pages
  • Tweaked a few more PS/55 and Multistation pages (mostly formatting fixes)
  • Added Kentie's Model 95 and Model 95 Case Conversion pages
  • Reorganized the Networking sections
  • Added CNet 650E/2 adapter info and files
  • Added/localized 3Com EtherLink/TokenLink files

16 Aug 2016 – 01 Sep 2016

  • Merged with many other PS/2 and MCA-oriented websites (see above)
  • Index page reworked
  • PDF Documents section extended and cleaned up (added files from MCA Mafia, schematics...)
  • Some missing bits and pieces (pages, pictures...) recovered. Thanks web.archive.org!
  • Localized many external pages and files (pictures, documents, binaries...)
  • Many internal links fixed
  • Some duplicate pages and sections removed or merged; links updated accordingly
    (Like the four, mostly identical, versions of the "SCSI w/Cache" page.)
  • Some plain text tables reworked to HTML format
  • Some pictures reworked, tidied up, etc.
  • Fixed formating of many pages (to a truly unified form shared across the website)
  • Other minor changes (typos, text formating, file names, dir. hierarchy...)

16 Aug 2016

  • This is where and when it all started - created an offline copy of Louis' Ardent Tool for personal use. (Why? Read the full story HERE.)

Content created and/or collected by:
Louis Ohland, Peter Wendt, William Walsh, David Beem, Tatsuo Sunagawa, Jim Shorney, Tim Clarke, Kevin Bowling, Tomáš Slavotínek, and many others.

Ardent Tool of Capitalism - MAD Edition! is maintained by Tomáš Slavotínek.
Last update: 23 Oct 2021 - Changes & Credits | Legal Info & Contact