to re-record it another time. I talked too fast, the video quality is very
choppy (anyone have a real camcorder?), I mis-spoke a few times, that t-shirt
makes me look fat, and the video itself moves around too much (anyone have a
tripod on wheels?) ..... I guess we'll live it posted for now, but I definitely
think we can do a lot better in the future!!
Chris L. and I got
to the museum at 1 today and stayed until about 9 at night. Joe G.
joined us fo the first couple of hours and Jeff J. joined us for the last
couple of hours. InfoAge's Steve G. also helped for several
By the way --
Chris, Joe, Jeff, and Steve have all been a huge help these past few weeks,
each giving up several weekend days, in order to help the club get ready for
VCF East. They all helped with a lot of boring tasks and serious grunt
... And it sure is
worthwhile. Two or three weeks ago, the task still largely felt
overwhelming. Last week, we reach the top of a mountain of work and
could see over the hump. Today, it was all downhill, in that we spent
the latter 3/4th of the day assembling exhibits.
Right now, two of
the first four exhibits are fully "placed", i.e. the computers are in
position. (That's for the 70s/80s microcomputer exhibit and the "random
MARCH highlights" exhibit, which includes the DEC
For these, we just
need to plug in the cables for the machines that are known to be operational,
and put up some posters, etc.
I wil individually
take care of the Computing of Camp Evans & the Military
Setting up the
"local" exhibit will be easier -- it's just one small, square room -- and the
hardware we're putting in there is mostly ready to go.
I desperately wish
that we had another month to work on all this, but we don't, so we'll just do
the best we can in the time available. We will explain to VCF visitors
that, hey, it's beta! -- And that they can help us by donating funds or
Chris had a good
idea before we left -- a video tour of the first exhibit room (not including
the unfinished Camp Evans exhibit -- using the camcorder feature of his 7.1-mp
digital camera. We actually made three or four "takes" of the 4-minute
video before deciding that, like everything else, it was "good enough" for
this phase of the museum project. Chris is putting it on YouTube and,
with any luck, it will be ready for viewing tonight (and will drum up more
interest in MARCH, InfoAge, and the VCF).
I or Chris will
post the link when it's ready.