8390Re: [midatlanticretro] Exhibit planning - 70s/80s micros - less of the more familiar
- Jun 22, 2008Evan wrote:
>>>> The exhibit of 70s/80s micros should be as broad as we can makeBleh! The 8-bit byte is a somewhat random choice in itself!
>>>> it. If all we show is what visitors already know (the popular
>>>> micros), people will brand us as lame - and rightly so! The
>>>> exhibit should include a little of the familiar (Apple II, C64,
>>>> Altair) and the more esoteric like Ohio Scientific, rare CP/M
>>>> machines, etc. There should be less of the familiar (rotate
>>>> them in and out to keep things fresh) than the more unknown. If
>>>> people already know about all of the machines, what is there
>>>> for them to learn at our museum? And that last point is most
>>>> important. Each exhibit should include information about each
>>>> machine that explains why it is cool. What are the pioneering
>>>> features? Was it the first mass market computer of its type?
>>>> When? Why?
> You make several good points here. I don't * completely * agree but
> it gives me some ideas.
> I think it's very important to permanently exhibit the eight micros
> from our list -- those are the eight most important ones ever, in my
> opinion. (It could be compelling to expand it into a "Top 10" just
> because such lists tend to get people thinking, which is the result
> that we want! Then again, 8 is a byte / octal, and we could use the
> occasion to explain to visitors why we chose 8 instead of 10.
> Regardless of whether it's 8 or 10, I think we should keep those
> seperate (i.e. one side of the exhibit) with an emphasis on "these
> are the special ones" somehow and (on the other side of the exhibit)
> we can explain how it isn't just the top 8 or 10 that are historic;
> these other computers visitors never heard of are historic too and
> here's why.... And yes we should definitely switch those up but keep
> the first 8 or 10 there permanently.
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