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  • Jim Scheef
    Even, I believe DEC had a museum in or near The Mill but I have a hard time imagining that HP would take any time to preserve DEC memorabilia, no matter how
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 11, 2005
      Even,

      I believe DEC had a museum in or near "The Mill" but I have a hard time
      imagining that HP would take any time to preserve DEC memorabilia, no matter
      how historic. Both companies were monuments to "not invented here" syndrome.

      Jim

      --- Evan <evan947@...> wrote:

      > >>> The performance improvement was amazing!
      >
      > Makes sense to me. :)
      >
      > Yeah, it is sad that they closed. You'd think that in the Boston/Cambridge
      > area, there would be enough support. Also, there are still a lot of
      > results
      > if you search for the museum on Google, so people probably get confused.
      >
      > Beside the Science Museum (which is mainly for kids), there is also the MIT
      > Museum up there. I've heard rumors that the HP campus on Rt. 128 --
      > formerly a Compaq campus, and DEC before that -- has some neat things on
      > display. But haven't seen that for myself.
      >
      > MIT's Tech Model Railroad Club is still going strong and its doors are
      > often
      > open to the public. Rumor has it that Alan Kotok still shows up now and
      > then. http://www.w3.org/People/all#kotok
      >
      >
      >
      > _____
      >
      > From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jim Scheef
      > Sent: Saturday, June 11, 2005 7:45 PM
      > To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: RE: [midatlanticretro] Big stuff to think about
      >
      >
      > Evan,
      >
      > Eh-hem... Well, I haven't been there since about 1992. It closed? That's
      > too
      > bad. It was one of my favorite places. Last time I was there they had
      > upgraded the walk-thru computer from a 386 to a 486 by re-stencling a piece
      > of plexiglass. The performance improvement was amazing!
      >
      > Jim
      >
      > --- Evan <evan947@...> wrote:
      >
      > > Jim -- I assume you know the Boston Computer Museum closed in the 1990s.
      > >
      > > Most of its collection went to the Computer History Museum in Mountain
      > > View,
      > > California. Other parts went to the Science Museum in Boston.
      > >
      > > _____
      > >
      > > From: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > > [mailto:midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Jim Scheef
      > > Sent: Saturday, June 11, 2005 1:59 PM
      > > To: midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com
      > > Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] Big stuff to think about
      > >
      > >
      > > John,
      > >
      > > The 'core' collection owned by InfoAge includes a section of ENIAC and a
      > > computer from an Apollo space capsule. Three is, of course, much more
      > than
      > > what is in those two pictures. Most of us who are active on the list plan
      > > to
      > > exhibit parts of our personal collections either as permanent gifts or on
      > > loan to the museum. I'm much less worried about having real historic
      > items
      > > to
      > > display than I am about building displays to house the items, preparing
      > > signs
      > > to explain what they are, and building some wall-sized displays for
      > > time-lines and other images to tie it all together. We have the
      > potential,
      > > within our specialties, to put the Boston Computer Museum to shame!
      > >
      > > There is more than enough "stuff" to get started. We will need people
      > > willing
      > > to donate their time and some money for materials. It will be much easier
      > > to
      > > raise money as a 501(c)3 than as just a bunch of enthusiastic computer
      > > nuts.
      > >
      > > Yes, this is an important thread. We are deciding the fate of this
      > project.
      > > If we're not willing to do this right, then we might as well tell
      > InfoAge,
      > > "No thanks."
      > >
      > > Jim
      > >
      > >
      > > --- John Allain <allain@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > > Boy is this ever an important thread, and interesting reading.
      > > >
      > > > If I understand it correctly, if we didn't have the museum,
      > > > we wouldn't need liability insurance, and therefore 501(c)(3) status.
      > > >
      > > > To avoid being a spoilsport, i visited what I think is the
      > photoarchive,
      >
      > > > http://photos.groups.yahoo.com/group/midatlanticretro/lst?.dir=/InfoAge
      > > > and saw two photos of the collection in 0.05 MP resolution.
      > > > I'm favorable, but I would like to see more, frankly.
      > > >
      > > > John A.
      > > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
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