Today, again, Chris
and I tackled exhibit-building at the museum. Basically we both sacrificed
two of the three days this holiday weekend, but it was well worth it. And
Today we vacuumed
the first room and set up the exhibits in the second room (which is actually in
the THIRD room; we skipped room 2 because of ongoing
Chris will send me
his pictures to upload. Imagine if you: walk into the door of our second
exhibit room. On the right is an IBM exhibit. Card punch
machine, workstation (I forget the model number), the 5155 portable, and
the PC Jr. Along the back wall is our Sony SMC-70, Electronic Associates
(EAI) TR-20, Commodore SX-64 (but I think an Amiga is a better choice?), and
Xerox 860. We'll also put a small Grabbe/AMP exhibit in that
section. On the right side is one of our Perkin-Elmer minicomputers and an
AT&T exhibit (3B2 and Western Electric tape drive).
I'd like to get
something by Franklin in the room. Maybe eliminate the IBM
There are so many
local companies that made so many computers, and software too, that we can shake
up this exhibit every few months and never run out of options. Today we
just selected some highlights of what's handy in our
We also spent time
physically cleaning some of the hardware. For example, the Western
Electric tape drive came out of Claude's barn. Before it was pretty nasty,
now it's clean(-ish). We also took care to select the cleaner of our two
PC Jr. monitors, etc., etc. ......
This week, in the
evenings, I'll be working on posters for all of the exhibits and on the
Computing of Camp Evans exhibit.
NEXT WEEKEND WE WILL
SEE HOW MANY OF THE DEMO COMPUTERS WE CAN ACTUALLY GET RUNNING. HELP IS
NEEDED FOR THIS!
I'll need people to
help who are more technically knowledgeable than I, in a wide range of
computers. People who can authoritatively and quickly get systems running
(not labor over every detail).
Bill Degnan, Bryan
Pope, Bob Grieb, Herb, Kelly .... yes I'm calling you guys out for this
task, and whoever else can be a self-starter to GET THINGS DONE .... no
hangers-around next weekend please. It's the MARCH
make-'em-work- a-thon! :-)
Actually, lots of
things are already working just fine. But we to go through our storage
rooms, run power strips, intelligently organize and plug in all the wires, have
lots of boot disks and demo apps ready (not just for VCF, but for beyond), etc.
I know that * some *
computers like the IBM PC, Commodore PET, and TRS-80 will arrive the weekend of
VCF in (more or less) turnkey condition, so those are