Put on your traveling shoes and lets head to Beantown. In many ways, Boston was the cradle of the computer industry - certainly the mini-computer industry. Come along and we'll learn something about our hobby. The visit to the Rhode Island Computer Museum will give us a chance to see a museum that's already up and running. What does it look like and what do we think about how they did it? What is displayed and how? How do they protect their exhibits? We can learn from their experience. Beyond that, they have lots of old and rare equipment. The MIT Flea will be fun, plus there is the Harvard Mark I and lots of other things to see like the Tech Model Railroad Club - the birthplace of hacking and open source. Walk the same sidewalks as the very first hackers. (Read Steven Levy's book if you don't believe me.) Evan had a list of museums and historic (computer) stuff for us to visit but I can't find it right now.
While $134 may seem expensive, this *is* Boston. If you want a cheap hotel, go to Iowa and look for computer history there. (Some people think the computer was invented there.) Or you can come to Boston where at least they make some good beer.
----- Original Message ----
From: Evan Koblentz <evan@...
To: David Comley <david_comley@...
; Jim Scheef <jscheef@...
>; Sridhar Ayengar <ploopster@...
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2006 4:54:49 PM
Subject: RE: [midatlanticretro] RE: Boston update, re: hotels -- great news / forgot to include the URL
Yup, $134 is great for any metropolitan hotel, let alone with parking and
breakfast and wifi included in a central location. Taking that deal is a
no-brainer if you ask me.
I guess I can reserve all the rooms, as long as nobody is asking to actually
charge or put a hold on my credit card.
Bill and Jim, is this okay with you guys?
Sridhar, any update on your ability to travel with us? You can just drive
to Jim's place in CT as he stated already.
From: David Comley [mailto:david_comley@...
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2006 4:36 PM
To: Evan Koblentz
Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] RE: Boston update, re: hotels -- great news
/ forgot to include the URL
Last year we stayed in the Hyatt for a night - it was way over $200 a night
so $134 sounds like a bargain to me, and infinitely preferable to another
Generica hotel. From a logistics point of view how do we do this ? Can you
reserve for everyone and we individually call the hotel directly to confirm
with a credit card or something ?
--- Evan Koblentz <evan@...
> Here's the hotel site for background info:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Evan Koblentz [mailto:evan@...]
> Sent: Monday, July 24, 2006 3:29 PM
> To: 'firstname.lastname@example.org'
> Subject: Boston update, re: hotels -- great news
> This is great news for those are going, and equally great news for
> those on the fence -- just now I made calls to five hotels in the
> central part of Cambridge (by Central and Kendall squares) -- four
> gave rates of 150-225 a night, but the Kendall Hotel gave us a rate of
> $134 with parking, wifi, and breakfast all included! That is a
> phenomenal price!! The Kendall is a small boutique hotel and it's
> located quite literally adjacent to the MIT campus in, as you'd guess,
> Kendall Square. (For those who aren't aware, Kendall Square is at the
> eastern end of the campus, just one subway stop from Central Square
> and two stops from Harvard Square. It's a very hip, safe, walkable
> We're not going to find any better rates than this unless we go
> farther into the Cambridge suburb where there's a Days Inn and stuff.
> But that would require taking cabs or driving into downtown which is
> pretty stupid.
> So, to those who've committed -- Bill D., Jim S., David Comley -- you
> guys should email me off-list if this sounds as good to you as it does
> to me.
> For anyone else who's interested now because of the great price, you
> should also email me, or posting on-list is fine too.
> The group reservatons woman who quoted me this price said she can't
> gaurantee availability beyond one week from now.
> That's probably half true
> and half sales pitch, which is understandable, but in case ya'll
> haven't noticed this trip is less than four weeks away. So it is
> important that we not delay in making our plans.
> - Evan
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