I can provide a working Xenix system from the 80's,. I probably couldn't come in all days, but could hand it off to another March member and provide a warm body for one or two days.
on behalf of B. Degnan
Sent: Wed 6/14/2006 10:26 PM
Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] Another weekend, another cool MARCH exhibit
I'll probably be able to do it. If I do, I will make an exhibit that can be carried on a train as luggage :-)
At 10:10 PM 6/14/2006 -0400, you wrote:
I received an interesting message from VCF's Sellam Ismail today. He was
invited to speak on a "retrocomputing" panel at the upcoming HOPE Six
along with Jason Scott, security
expert Sam Nitzberg, and Richard Cheshire (http://cheshirecatalyst.com)
Sellam thought it would be cool to have MARCH present a modest exhibit of
vintage computers there, so the panel leader (Nitzberg) asked the HOPE
management, and they said yes.
So now it's up to us.
I just spoke with Nitzberg by telephone. He said he loved our VCF event
(which is how he met Sellam and Jason) and that we can easily get a
half-dozen tables in a U-shape at the event to fill with our toys.
There are some issues to address first. It's a Friday - Sunday event, July
21-23, at a hotel in Manhattan. The panel is on Saturday. Nitzberg said
he'll look into getting us a break on hotel rooms if we choose to stay for
more than one day -- even with a break hotel rooms in Manhattan are still
expensive. There's no news about security yet; would we get a secure room
or could they assign someone to guard our booth? I don't have any answers
yet. Travel is an issue as well. I'm sure not going to drive my Miata into
the city; the potholes and taxis would be hell. If we get four or five
MARCHians involved, then perhaps we can meet at someone's house outside the
city, leave our cars, and rent a cargo van. MARCH could potentially help
with these expenses, which I think would be worthwhile since the HOPE
conference attracts an ideal audience for us.
For now this is an initial query: assuming we get the logistics solved, who
would exhibit / help with this? The exhibits we make would be more like
those at Trenton (simple) than at VCF (fancy). Also, unlike at Trenton, I'd
make sure we all get comp passes for this. The lecture topics sound
It's only five and a half weeks away so we'd have to work fast.