More about this... I just spoke with someone at Harvard's History
of Science department, and she said the Mark 1 is on public display.
She also said they are about finished with five years of organizing a
"historical scientific instruments" collection which also includes some computer
things, and that they might be able to give us a private tour -- they couldn't
MIT's Lincoln Lab is not open to the public, but another place we could
visit is You-Do-It Electronics. YDIE is as big as a Home Depot and it's
got two floors of nothing but electronics gear. A truly awesome
store. Bring your credit cards. :)
I'm thinking that a Friday/Saturday trip might be ideal (because the
Harvard stuff probably is closed on weekends). I lived in Cambridge as
recently as one year ago, and plenty of other MARCH'rs have lived up there too,
so getting around will be second-nature. Hell, the bartenders in Central
Square probably will remember my name!
Anyone up for this in August or September? That's enough time to
plan, but before the New England winter hits.
I used to go regularly, up to about a year ago, when I moved back to New
Jersey. There are typically a handful of people selling vintage
things. Mostly that is just PC junk, but once in a while, you find
something really interesting.
Of course, if people have never been to the swapmeet at all, then going
for the first time is quite an experience. This is MIT, remember, and
sometimes the usual rules do not apply. :)
If enough people are interested, we could postpone the DC-area field trip
plans, and focus on the New England instead -- the swapmeet, MIT museum, Rhode
Island Computer Museum, and I think there is a Mark 1 at Harvard. There is
also a generic tour called "Innovation Odyssey" that covers computers and
several other things around Boston/Cambridge.
Evan, have you been to the MIT flea market in recent
It's been probably 7 or 8 years for me, and I
was wondering if much vintage
stuph shows up there.
--- Evan <evan947@...>
> If you feel like driving, visit the Flea@MITsometime:
-- you're sure
> to find a decent used22 East in
> oscilloscope there!
> Or check out my favorite shop, Greenbrook
> Electronics, on Rt.
> Dunnellen (Greenbrook?), NJ. They aren't cheap
> the selection is goodknowledgeable.
> and the staff is very
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