6001Re: DEC exhibit? (was: Failed work day :( )
- Aug 29, 2007Evan wrote:
> > The more I"John Allain" <allain@...> wrote:
> > explain the idea, the more I like it ... keep everyone
> > involved, use
> > more of our physical exhibit space, vary the exhibits beyond
> > what MARCH
> > owns ... sounds good right???
> Yup, Home Run....and Evan replied "Cool! Nerd fight!! John has a height advantage,
> ( or, >run home<, clean up systems, bring in to MARCH. )
> I'll ramble on and add that I want to Pretend the MARCH DEC
> systems are my own in that I'd like to spend a few _days_ treating
> them nicely and making them runnable/clean enough for display,
> ready to go/Inventoried/Researched, 100% museum quality.
> John A.
but Herb is clever...."
The DEC is not "mine", and I'm glad this was brought up. I don't DO
projects as subtext for "ownership". If I "owned" this DEC, and did
the work, and went away (as always happens, eventually); then the work
would go away. And if no one "owned" the computer later, the DEC would
That means, to me, the work was a waste of time. If something only
lasts as long as I'm interested, then it has no permanance, no value
outside myself. What's the point, in my opinion? At age 54, I think
about these things.
MARCH (or InfoAge) "owns" the collection. Herb Johnson offers to work
on some part, to get OTHERS interested in doing more, and to get
OTHERS to see what we have. The point is to INVOLVE, not to gather
more toys. I have plenty of toys, thanks. I made my case about the
value of an exhibit - the proof will be 1) does it interest visitors
and 2) does it interest MEMBERS.
Evan "got" that: we have a "go". Welcome aboard, John.
P.S.: there are several other PDP-11's on site. No shortage of 'em.
Two 11/10s or /05's are kinda cute...HJ
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