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Does anyone know about this computer

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    I want to find out more information about this computer right here I know it's made by a company called Gentec, which is an Australian company and this is the computer here, please find info about it and tell me, I know the model is GT 4000 and the serial number is 4908 but idk how I came across this but it just looks so cool!

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    It looks fairly typical of the terminals used by businesses prior to the 80's (and a bit beyond). The unit would have been fairly light on processor power and memory, with file storage and most program execution being done on a central unit.

    Other than that, I can't tell. I could not find anything under the GENTEC name, and GT-4000 is a ridiculously common model name (or so Google seems to suggest).
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    Well thanks, so my terminal must be a 70s terminal? Sweet!
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    Well, probably. The U.S. Coast Guard was using a CTOS system up through the early 90's. It was a modular system about a half step above dumb terminal. The units were usually configured to run on a central CPU rather than independently. Lots of other businesses hung on to this model far past the personal computer revolution.
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    Maybe I can try and find another one like this? I'm sure it's a personal computer, but it doesn't have a disk drive connector :/
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    Yep. Only the keyboard, line (for the network), and printer. This is why I'm pretty sure it's a dumb terminal.

    Given the RS-232 connector, it might have even worked through a modem.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_terminal
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    Could be a rare PC or a rare government computer
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    Update on it: the CRT actually works but you can barely see the screen, and btw does anyone have an rs232 connector to Ethernet converter I can have? Because I want to test this terminal and its functions

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