Re: [midatlanticretro] File - marchfaq.txt
- firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> MARCH frequently asked questions -- last updated 3/30/2006I think we may want to change "will be" to "was"...
> 5. What else does MARCH do?
> Lots of fun stuff. The most visible thing we do is maintain our Yahoo
> discussion group. Activity-wise, our flagship event will be the Vintage
> Computer Festival East. Our first edition of that hobbyist convention (and the
> third VCF East event overall) will be held Saturday, May 13, 2006 at the InfoAge
> facility. We also participate in the Trenton Computer Festival every April.You know, we haven't done much of that on this list... Let's start! :D
> Once we make it through the VCF event, we'll start planning other events such as
> a swap meet, regional gatherings, and perhaps a road trip. We also offer an
> online inventory database to help you (and us) keep track of our collections.
> 13. What else should I know before diving in to MARCH?
> If you're a nerd who thinks really old computers and their related technologies
> were cool, then give MARCH a chance. You'll be glad you did. Also, if you were
> wondering, we're NOT a bunch of old farts who sit around and whine about how
> much better things used to be. Quite the contrary: we're a lot of young and
> mid-life farts who ... ooooh maybe we said too much. :)
P.S. Who seems to have nothing better to do then to read the MARCH
FAQ... Does anybody else do that or is it just me?
I realized about 60 seconds after hitting send you were pointing our the FAQ was outdated. Sorry about that.
On 10/11/2015 8:01 PM, Martin A Flynn maflynn@... [midatlanticretro] wrote:<Oversize image removed>
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On 10/11/2015 7:51 PM, 'Bill Dromgoole' drummy@... [midatlanticretro] wrote:
However we do not yet have federal 501(c)3 tax status.
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Subject: [midatlanticretro] File - marchfaq.txt
> MARCH frequently asked questions -- updated Sept. 29, 2014
> 1. What is MARCH?
> MARCH is a user group for people who enjoy collecting, restoring, using, and
> exhibiting antique/vintage computers. Our name is an acronym for Mid-Atlantic
> Retro Computing Hobbyists. Our club's legal name has an "Inc." on the end
> because we're incorporated as a non-profit in New Jersey. However we do not
> yet have federal 501(c)3 tax status.
> 2. Cool, I have some old-school Pentium IIs, and even a 486!
> Sorry, but that's not what we do. By "antique/vintage" we mean things that are
> far more historic. We start (with some exceptions) at the mid-1980s early GUI
> systems, go into early-1980s/late-1970s 8-bit microcomputers, back into
> mid-1970s homebrew kits and single-board computers, then find our way into
> 1970s/1960s minicomputers when "mini" meant as big as a desk or refrigerator.
> Finally, we're into mainframes of the 1950s and 1960s. Of course, we also
> focus on all sorts of books/magazines, cultural artifacts, I/O devices
> (teletypes, terminals) peripherals, software, storage hardware (keypunches,
> magnetic/paper tape, etc.), and everything from this realm. Not counting
> mathematical tools such as a slide rule, our oldest computer artifact is an
> IBM 082 punch card sorter, from 1948.
> 3. I'm a nerd and live somewhere between Connecticut and Virginia, yet I never
> heard of you before.
> Andy Meyer reiterated his idea for a regional user group in the second half of
> 2004. Evan Koblentz started the Yahoo discussion group
> (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/midatlanticretro/) in the beginning of 2005.
> MARCH became a legal entity later that year. Our expertise is technical, but
> we're not so good at marketing. Please help!
> 4. So I have to live in the Mid-Atlantic part of the U.S. to join?
> Nope. That description just conveys where most of our members and activities
> are concentrated -- in the scalene triangle between Hartford, Pittsburgh, and
> D.C. -- but people from beyond these areas are certainly welcome to join us.
> 5. What does MARCH actually do?
> In addition to the busy discussion list here in our Yahoo group, we also
> operate a bricks-and-mortar computer museum on the New Jersey shore. Currently
> our museum occupies almost 1,500 sq. ft. in a wing of the InfoAge Science
> Center, located in Wall Township, New Jersey. We also host various events
> throughout the year including the Vintage Computer Festival East (see question
> #11), technical repair workshops, and our legendary holiday party.
> 6. InfoAge Science Center? What's that?
> 7. InfoAge is a relatively new museum and 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its
> construction began in the late 1990s and it opened in a "beta" mode in the
> mid-2000s. Its facility is a whole campus, not just one building. There is a
> very rich history here. The campus was built by the Marconi America Wireless
> Telegraphy Co. as a receiving station in 1912, was used as a communications
> laboratory by the U.S. Navy during WWI, and then was in private hands. It
> became a U.S. Army Signal Corps R&D lab just before WWII and remained so until
> the 1990s. Congress decided to close the lab and sell the land. Instead, local
> historians recognized its history and formed InfoAge. Now the campus is on the
> National Parks Service's National Register of Historic Places. InfoAge is also
> a Black History Site and had several other federal and state designations
> related to its service before, during, and after WWII. Public hours for our
> wing are Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. We're also open on many Wednesdays, and some
> Saturdays. You can also make an appointment. For more about the museum and
> campus history please visit www.infoage.org.
> 8. Okay, so back to this computer museum of yours. What's there?
> Our museum has five exhibits: Mainframes, minicomputers, homebrew-era
> computers, business microcomputers, and consumer microcomputers. We have many
> ideas for more exhibits, and we plan to implement those ideas just as soon as
> we move from our current space on campus into a larger building next door.
> That could happen in another year or so.
> 9. Do the computers just sit there or can I use them?
> We strive to restore our systems to operational condition. Some computers,
> especially the microcomputers, are relatively easy to restore and easy to
> replace if necessary. Others, such as our minicomputers, require a more
> serious effort. We make every effort to have these computers available for our
> members' use and to demonstrate them for visitors.
> 10. Can I help restore the computers?
> Yes! Join our group, get to know us, and volunteer to help out.
> 11. What else does MARCH do?
> Lots of fun stuff. In addition to our discussion list and our museum, we also
> host special events. Our flagship event is the Vintage Computer Festival East.
> "VCF East" is a multi-day celebration of computer history! It includes a
> hands-on exhibit hall, lectures, consignment room, book sale, food, prizes,
> museum tours, and more. Our first edition of this hobbyist convention was VCF
> East 3.0, in 2006, because the first two editions were run by a different
> organization. VCF East 4.0 was in June 2007; VCF East 5.0 was in Sept. 2008,
> VCF East 6.0 was in Sept. 2009, VCF East 7.0 was in May 2011, and VCF East 8.0
> was in May 2012. We skipped 2010 and 2013. VCF East "9.1" was April 4-6, 2014.
> VCF East 10.0 -- a.k.a. "VCFeX" -- will be April 17-19, 2015. Details are
> frequently updated at http://www.vintage.org,
> http://wwww.facebook.com/vcfeast, and http://www.twitter.com/vcfeast.
> We also produce smaller exhibits at other events such HOPE (Hackers on Planet
> Earth conference), NJ Science & Engineering Festival, Philadelphia Science
> Carnival, Trenton Computer Festival, and World Maker Faire. In addition, we
> have social events, tech days, museum days, a winter party, etc.
> 12. I still don't get it. Where can I learn more about what's antique/vintage?
> Many places. Pick up a copy of the book "Collectible Microcomputers" by
> Michael Nadeau. Or for non-micro aspects, go online. Heck, go online anyway.
> Check out the classiccmp.org mailing lists; vintage-computer.com/vcforum,
> old-computers.com; and many, many, many others. (If you're interested in
> specific machines, just post your question to our discussion list and we can
> refer you to the best sites.)
> 13. What's behind the scenes of this wacky endeavor?
> We have some de facto officers; an official set of bylaws and all that boring
> stuff is being worked on... we're just so busy having fun that we keep
> procrastinating. The officers are (Evan Koblentz - prez), Jeffrey Brace and
> Corey Cohen (VPs), and Justin Jernigan (treasurer).
> 14. Members? Is it like just you and two buddies?
> We're much bigger than that! We have dozens of members, and around 300 people
> in our Yahoo group. Our youngest member is in his teens; our oldest is in his
> 15. What's it cost to join?
> Nothing. MARCH membership is free (as in beer).
> 16. So how do you fund the club?
> Our primary fundraiser is the Vintage Computer Festival East, during which we
> sell tickets, exhibit space, and various items. We also have an annual
> donation drive. Sometimes we also rent artifacts for use at film/television
> 17. Can I make a donation of artifacts or funds?
> Yes! Contact us first, and we'll make arrangements. Info is in the very next
> question of this FAQ.
> 17. I have a question.
> Okay. Reach out to us! Do so by posting to our message boards or pinging me
> (evan@... / phone: 646-546-9999) ... ask us anything, we're not shy!
> (And moreover, unlike some computer clubs, we're not cliquey. All are welcome
> 18. What else should I know before diving in to MARCH?
> If you're a nerd who thinks really old computers and their related
> technologies were cool, then give MARCH a chance. You'll be glad you did.
> Also, if you were wondering, we're NOT a bunch of old farts who sit around and
> whine about how much better things used to be. Quite the contrary: we're a
> bunch of young and mid-life farts who ... ooooh maybe we said too much. :)
> 19. What is your web site?
> We're at www.midatlanticretro.org.
> 20. Are you on social media?
> Yes! We're facebook.com/marchmuseum and twitter.com/march_museum.