12524Re: [midatlanticretro] MARCH committee to select chips for an exhibit / was: Re: Chips that changed the world
- May 7, 2009Evan,
A name tag is not a meaningful, informative sign. Signage should explain
why each machine is significant - why was it chosen for this "best of"
exhibit. Then there should be information about the chips and chip
families in the exhibit as a whole. And something about how these
machines were programmed - both the lineage of the BASIC language and
the machine languages. Something about the operating systems, both disk-
and ROM-based, would tie the machines to present day computers. Each
machine had strengths and weaknesses - what were they and why?
Such signs will not be easy, but with them, the exhibit would be truly
instructive for visitors. Each sign should be about a half-page of text
printed large enough so they can be read from several feet away. This is
a significant amount of work, but most of it does not require someone to
be at InfoAge and can be done anywhere.
Evan Koblentz wrote:
> >>> if no one is willing to develop the signs that explain why the
> microcomputers already on exhibit are important, then a bunch of chips
> on a shelf in a display case is a total waste.
> Don't be so skeptical. There are already signs, albeit simple ones, for
> most of the systems that we have on display. As for the chips exhibit,
> it certainly would not be merely "a bunch of chips on a shelf" .... I'm
> only soliciting ideas for what could go into an exhibit, sparked by the
> recent link from Rich C.
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