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  • Bryan Pope
    ... I have been to a few of these as well - here is their webpage - http://web.mit.edu/w1mx/www/swapfest.html . They sometimes also have stuff like C64s and
    Message 1 of 14 , May 29, 2006
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      Herb Johnson wrote:
      > Hard to imagine going to Boston but not staying for the MIT Swap Meet,
      > which is on third Sunday mornings into the early afternoon, on the MIT
      > campus at a parking facility (inside and out). It could be an
      > on-the-way-out activity. It seems to be good for some older SGI/Sun
      > stuff, a bit of older PC/game machine stuff, the odd test equipment
      > from labs, even machine tools. Also some of the sellers bring items
      > strictly for show: an Enigma machine was displayed when I went a few
      > years ago.
      >

      I have been to a few of these as well - here is their webpage -
      http://web.mit.edu/w1mx/www/swapfest.html . They sometimes also have
      stuff like C64s and old Macs.

      The best burger place is Mr. & Mrs. Bartley's Burger Cottage in Harvard
      Square, Cambridge. A whole lot of different burgers cooked just the way
      you like them and they have names like the "Dick Cheney burger". Also
      for Mexican food Margarita's in Waltham is very good IMHO.

      Cheers,

      Bryan
    • Evan
      Correct, the best burgers in metro Boston!
      Message 2 of 14 , May 29, 2006
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        Correct, the best burgers in metro Boston!
      • David Comley
        The July and August MIT flea markets are a little smaller than the ones later in the year because so many people are out of town - but on balance probably
        Message 3 of 14 , May 31, 2006
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          The July and August MIT flea markets are a little
          smaller than the ones later in the year because so
          many people are out of town - but on balance probably
          still worth the trip if combined with another event of
          some sort.

          -Dave

          --- Evan Koblentz <evan@...> wrote:

          > Herb -- thanking for reminding us about the monthly
          > MIT flea market. I
          > can't believe I forgot that! It looks like Sunday,
          > Aug. 20 is the best date
          > for us to visit.
          > (http://web.mit.edu/w1gsl/Public/flyer)
          >>
          >


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        • Evan Koblentz
          Yes, that would be just one stop of many on the trip. _____ From: David Comley [mailto:david_comley@yahoo.com] Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 1:25 PM To:
          Message 4 of 14 , May 31, 2006
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            Yes, that would be just one stop of many on the trip.


            From: David Comley [mailto:david_comley@...]
            Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 1:25 PM
            To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: RE: [midatlanticretro] Re: MARCH event thread #2: possible New England road trip

            The July and August MIT flea markets are a little
            smaller than the ones later in the year because so
            many people are out of town - but on balance probably
            still worth the trip if combined with another event of
            some sort.

            -Dave

            --- Evan Koblentz <evan@...> wrote:

            > Herb -- thanking for reminding us about the monthly
            >
            MIT flea market.  I
            > can't believe I forgot that!  It looks
            like Sunday,
            > Aug. 20 is the best date
            > for us to visit.
            >
            (http://web.mit.edu/w1gsl/Public/flyer)
            >>
            >


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          • Evan Koblentz
            After much consideration, I humbly suggest a three-day weekend of Fri, Aug. 18 - Sun., Aug 20 for our Boston-area road trip. I chose this weeekend because the
            Message 5 of 14 , Jul 4, 2006
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              After much consideration, I humbly suggest a three-day weekend of Fri, Aug. 18 - Sun., Aug 20 for our Boston-area road trip.  I chose this weeekend because the MIT swap meet is only held once a month.  July's is the 16th, which is probably too soon for most people to plan and get Friday off from work.  September is no good for me personally, and I'm not going to plan a road trip that I can't attend!  So that leaves August and late October.  October, in my opinion, is also no good for a variety of reasons, the most serious being cold weather and being too near date-wise to VCF.
               
              As for travel, we can reverse-engineer that plan based on the itinerary (below), devising a few meet-up points until the whole caravan is together.  We could rent a large van to travel together, or we could have some people volunteer to do the driving, with passengers paying for the gas and tolls.
               
              Either way, here is an itinerary:
               
              Friday:
              - Morning -- Take the I-95 route (rather than the I-84/I-90 route), get to Rhode Island by the early afternoon
              - Have a quick lunch, then visit Rhode Island Computer Museum (I'll make an appointment)
              - Drive one more hour north, spend an hour at You-Do-It Electronics (open until 9pm weekdays)
              - Check into a hotel in Cambridge, have late dinner (lots of stuff open late in Cambridge!)
               
              Saturday:
              - Morning: Two excellent bookstores (MIT Coop, Quantum Books, and they're across the street from each other!)
              - Mid-day: Take the subway one stop to Harvard Square, see the Mark-1 computer etc., have lunch
              - Afternoon: Wide open -- perhaps New England Aquarium (pricey), Science Museum (mostly kid stuff) -- or we could actually get some culture and visit some tourist spots in Boston, such as Quincy Market (amazing food and shopping), walk the Freedom Trail (Rev. War stuff), etc. ... LOL and at some point we'll have to pose for pictures on the legendary "Smoots" bridge.
              - Evening: We can vote on a fun activity, such as Jillians (massive place to play arcade/amusement-style games), F1 Boston (massive indoor go-kart racing, althought that would require driving, it's not on the subway), or bar-hopping in Cambridge (Harvard / Central / Kendall squares)
               
              Sunday:
              - MIT Swap Meet, 9am-2pm, followed by lunch, followed by MIT Press Bookstore (open until 6pm)
              - Slow drive home, maybe a pit stop to see collections of Jim (Hartford area, CT) or Sridhar (in Poughkeepsie, NY)...?
               
              Just so everyone knows, I chose this weekend because the MIT swap meet is only once per month.  The timing means I'll have to miss watching three Yankees-Red Sox games (the Yanks will actually be in Boston that weekend, just like us), so that ought to show just much I care about MARCH!!!   :)
               
              For planning purposes (hotel, RICM, people taking off work Friday, etc.), please let me know if you can attend ** AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. **
               
              The actual itinerary can and probably will change; suggestions for that are welcome.
               
              As for the hotel, I will look for someplace moderately priced.  Someplace nicer than a Days Inn, but cheaper than a Marriott.
               
              - Evan
               


              From: Evan Koblentz [mailto:evan@...]
              Sent: Monday, May 29, 2006 1:22 AM
              To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: [midatlanticretro] MARCH event thread #2: possible New England road trip

              We discussed this idea last fall.

              There is much to see in New England, mostly in the Boston area, regarding
              vintage computers and other things of interest.

              A list: You-Do-It Electronics (a tinkerer's superstore), Rhode Island
              Computer Museum, MIT Museum, Harvard's public exhibit of the Mark-1 computer
              and others, and three excellent technical bookstores within a one-block
              space.  Boston's Science Museum is more for children, but they do have a
              cool planetarium and IMAX theater.  There's also the New England Aquarium
              which is extremely good although the tickets are a bit pricey.

              Some things are closed on Sundays, so ideally we'd do this trip on a Friday
              and Saturday, or maybe even a Friday-Sunday.  We'd want to have a few people
              volunteer with large vehicles (i.e., not my two-seater!) so we can carry
              home any goodies.  Given modern gas prices, it would be fair that whoever's
              not driving chip in extensively for those who are driving.  (I'm just
              assuming it would be too expensive for us to rent a van or bus.)  A few of
              us also lived in the Boston/Cambridge area fairly recently, so we still know
              where to get the best nerd-inspiring food and such.

              The middle of August would be a good time for this event.  Yes, it'll be hot
              outside, but it's far enough in the future to leave us some planning time,
              and it won't interfere with all the college kids moving back in September.
              (The metro Boston area has more colleges per capita than anyplace else on
              Earth.)

              Who's generally interested in going?

            • Jim Scheef
              Evan, The date looks good and the interary is about what I had in mind. Wasn t there more than just the Mark I that we wanted to see at Harvard - some other
              Message 6 of 14 , Jul 5, 2006
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                Evan,
                 
                The date looks good and the interary is about what I had in mind. Wasn't there more than just the Mark I that we wanted to see at Harvard - some other collection? As to entertainment, a brew pub with great burgers is preferred to bar-hopping.

                Jim
                ----- Original Message ----
                From: Evan Koblentz <evan@...>
                To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Wednesday, July 5, 2006 1:34:07 AM
                Subject: [midatlanticretro] Date suggestion: 8/19-20, was: Boston-area road trip

                After much consideration, I humbly suggest a three-day weekend of Fri, Aug. 18 - Sun., Aug 20 for our Boston-area road trip.  I chose this weeekend because the MIT swap meet is only held once a month.  July's is the 16th, which is probably too soon for most people to plan and get Friday off from work.  September is no good for me personally, and I'm not going to plan a road trip that I can't attend!  So that leaves August and late October.  October, in my opinion, is also no good for a variety of reasons, the most serious being cold weather and being too near date-wise to VCF.
                 
                As for travel, we can reverse-engineer that plan based on the itinerary (below), devising a few meet-up points until the whole caravan is together.  We could rent a large van to travel together, or we could have some people volunteer to do the driving, with passengers paying for the gas and tolls.
                 
                Either way, here is an itinerary:
                 
                Friday:
                - Morning -- Take the I-95 route (rather than the I-84/I-90 route), get to Rhode Island by the early afternoon
                - Have a quick lunch, then visit Rhode Island Computer Museum (I'll make an appointment)
                - Drive one more hour north, spend an hour at You-Do-It Electronics (open until 9pm weekdays)
                - Check into a hotel in Cambridge, have late dinner (lots of stuff open late in Cambridge!)
                 
                Saturday:
                - Morning: Two excellent bookstores (MIT Coop, Quantum Books, and they're across the street from each other!)
                - Mid-day: Take the subway one stop to Harvard Square, see the Mark-1 computer etc., have lunch
                - Afternoon: Wide open -- perhaps New England Aquarium (pricey), Science Museum (mostly kid stuff) -- or we could actually get some culture and visit some tourist spots in Boston, such as Quincy Market (amazing food and shopping), walk the Freedom Trail (Rev. War stuff), etc. ... LOL and at some point we'll have to pose for pictures on the legendary "Smoots" bridge.
                - Evening: We can vote on a fun activity, such as Jillians (massive place to play arcade/amusement-style games), F1 Boston (massive indoor go-kart racing, althought that would require driving, it's not on the subway), or bar-hopping in Cambridge (Harvard / Central / Kendall squares)
                 
                Sunday:
                - MIT Swap Meet, 9am-2pm, followed by lunch, followed by MIT Press Bookstore (open until 6pm)
                - Slow drive home, maybe a pit stop to see collections of Jim (Hartford area, CT) or Sridhar (in Poughkeepsie, NY)...?
                 
                Just so everyone knows, I chose this weekend because the MIT swap meet is only once per month.  The timing means I'll have to miss watching three Yankees-Red Sox games (the Yanks will actually be in Boston that weekend, just like us), so that ought to show just much I care about MARCH!!!   :)
                 
                For planning purposes (hotel, RICM, people taking off work Friday, etc.), please let me know if you can attend ** AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. **
                 
                The actual itinerary can and probably will change; suggestions for that are welcome.
                 
                As for the hotel, I will look for someplace moderately priced.  Someplace nicer than a Days Inn, but cheaper than a Marriott.
                 
                - Evan
                 


                From: Evan Koblentz [mailto:evan@...]
                Sent: Monday, May 29, 2006 1:22 AM
                To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: [midatlanticretro] MARCH event thread #2: possible New England road trip

                We discussed this idea last fall.

                There is much to see in New England, mostly in the Boston area, regarding
                vintage computers and other things of interest.

                A list: You-Do-It Electronics (a tinkerer's superstore), Rhode Island
                Computer Museum, MIT Museum, Harvard's public exhibit of the Mark-1 computer
                and others, and three excellent technical bookstores within a one-block
                space.  Boston's Science Museum is more for children, but they do have a
                cool planetarium and IMAX theater.  There's also the New England Aquarium
                which is extremely good although the tickets are a bit pricey.

                Some things are closed on Sundays, so ideally we'd do this trip on a Friday
                and Saturday, or maybe even a Friday-Sunday.  We'd want to have a few people
                volunteer with large vehicles (i.e., not my two-seater!) so we can carry
                home any goodies.  Given modern gas prices, it would be fair that whoever's
                not driving chip in extensively for those who are driving.  (I'm just
                assuming it would be too expensive for us to rent a van or bus.)  A few of
                us also lived in the Boston/Cambridge area fairly recently, so we still know
                where to get the best nerd-inspiring food and such.

                The middle of August would be a good time for this event.  Yes, it'll be hot
                outside, but it's far enough in the future to leave us some planning time,
                and it won't interfere with all the college kids moving back in September.
                (The metro Boston area has more colleges per capita than anyplace else on
                Earth.)

                Who's generally interested in going?


              • Evan Koblentz
                ... bar-hopping Plenty of those in Cambridge, from the big chain (John Harvard s) to the indy place with Boston s best burgers (Mr. Bartley s). _____ From: Jim
                Message 7 of 14 , Jul 5, 2006
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                  >>> As to entertainment, a brew pub with great burgers is preferred to bar-hopping
                   
                  Plenty of those in Cambridge, from the big chain (John Harvard's) to the indy place with Boston's best burgers (Mr. Bartley's).


                  From: Jim Scheef [mailto:jscheef@...]
                  Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 11:32 PM
                  To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
                  Subject: [midatlanticretro] Boston-area road trip 8/19-20,

                  Evan,
                   
                  The date looks good and the interary is about what I had in mind. Wasn't there more than just the Mark I that we wanted to see at Harvard - some other collection? As to entertainment, a brew pub with great burgers is preferred to bar-hopping.

                  Jim
                  ----- Original Message ----
                  From: Evan Koblentz <evan@...>
                  To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
                  Sent: Wednesday, July 5, 2006 1:34:07 AM
                  Subject: [midatlanticretro] Date suggestion: 8/19-20, was: Boston-area road trip

                  After much consideration, I humbly suggest a three-day weekend of Fri, Aug. 18 - Sun., Aug 20 for our Boston-area road trip.  I chose this weeekend because the MIT swap meet is only held once a month.  July's is the 16th, which is probably too soon for most people to plan and get Friday off from work.  September is no good for me personally, and I'm not going to plan a road trip that I can't attend!  So that leaves August and late October.  October, in my opinion, is also no good for a variety of reasons, the most serious being cold weather and being too near date-wise to VCF.
                   
                  As for travel, we can reverse-engineer that plan based on the itinerary (below), devising a few meet-up points until the whole caravan is together.  We could rent a large van to travel together, or we could have some people volunteer to do the driving, with passengers paying for the gas and tolls.
                   
                  Either way, here is an itinerary:
                   
                  Friday:
                  - Morning -- Take the I-95 route (rather than the I-84/I-90 route), get to Rhode Island by the early afternoon
                  - Have a quick lunch, then visit Rhode Island Computer Museum (I'll make an appointment)
                  - Drive one more hour north, spend an hour at You-Do-It Electronics (open until 9pm weekdays)
                  - Check into a hotel in Cambridge, have late dinner (lots of stuff open late in Cambridge!)
                   
                  Saturday:
                  - Morning: Two excellent bookstores (MIT Coop, Quantum Books, and they're across the street from each other!)
                  - Mid-day: Take the subway one stop to Harvard Square, see the Mark-1 computer etc., have lunch
                  - Afternoon: Wide open -- perhaps New England Aquarium (pricey), Science Museum (mostly kid stuff) -- or we could actually get some culture and visit some tourist spots in Boston, such as Quincy Market (amazing food and shopping), walk the Freedom Trail (Rev. War stuff), etc. ... LOL and at some point we'll have to pose for pictures on the legendary "Smoots" bridge.
                  - Evening: We can vote on a fun activity, such as Jillians (massive place to play arcade/amusement-style games), F1 Boston (massive indoor go-kart racing, althought that would require driving, it's not on the subway), or bar-hopping in Cambridge (Harvard / Central / Kendall squares)
                   
                  Sunday:
                  - MIT Swap Meet, 9am-2pm, followed by lunch, followed by MIT Press Bookstore (open until 6pm)
                  - Slow drive home, maybe a pit stop to see collections of Jim (Hartford area, CT) or Sridhar (in Poughkeepsie, NY)...?
                   
                  Just so everyone knows, I chose this weekend because the MIT swap meet is only once per month.  The timing means I'll have to miss watching three Yankees-Red Sox games (the Yanks will actually be in Boston that weekend, just like us), so that ought to show just much I care about MARCH!!!   :)
                   
                  For planning purposes (hotel, RICM, people taking off work Friday, etc.), please let me know if you can attend ** AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. **
                   
                  The actual itinerary can and probably will change; suggestions for that are welcome.
                   
                  As for the hotel, I will look for someplace moderately priced.  Someplace nicer than a Days Inn, but cheaper than a Marriott.
                   
                  - Evan
                   


                  From: Evan Koblentz [mailto:evan@...]
                  Sent: Monday, May 29, 2006 1:22 AM
                  To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
                  Subject: [midatlanticretro] MARCH event thread #2: possible New England road trip

                  We discussed this idea last fall.

                  There is much to see in New England, mostly in the Boston area, regarding
                  vintage computers and other things of interest.

                  A list: You-Do-It Electronics (a tinkerer's superstore), Rhode Island
                  Computer Museum, MIT Museum, Harvard's public exhibit of the Mark-1 computer
                  and others, and three excellent technical bookstores within a one-block
                  space.  Boston's Science Museum is more for children, but they do have a
                  cool planetarium and IMAX theater.  There's also the New England Aquarium
                  which is extremely good although the tickets are a bit pricey.

                  Some things are closed on Sundays, so ideally we'd do this trip on a Friday
                  and Saturday, or maybe even a Friday-Sunday.  We'd want to have a few people
                  volunteer with large vehicles (i.e., not my two-seater!) so we can carry
                  home any goodies.  Given modern gas prices, it would be fair that whoever's
                  not driving chip in extensively for those who are driving.  (I'm just
                  assuming it would be too expensive for us to rent a van or bus.)  A few of
                  us also lived in the Boston/Cambridge area fairly recently, so we still know
                  where to get the best nerd-inspiring food and such.

                  The middle of August would be a good time for this event.  Yes, it'll be hot
                  outside, but it's far enough in the future to leave us some planning time,
                  and it won't interfere with all the college kids moving back in September.
                  (The metro Boston area has more colleges per capita than anyplace else on
                  Earth.)

                  Who's generally interested in going?


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