Today I had a late
start and didn't get to InfoAge until about 2:30. I was pleasantly
surprised to see Herb there. He arrived shortly before me to drop off some
Mac tech manuals and to check on the PDP-11/20. Then, a few minutes later,
Jeff J. showed up also to drop off some supplies. So we had an impromptu
MARCH work day.
Mostly we organized
much of the basement storage room (which Joe, John A., and I started doing
a few weeks ago).
We now have about
60% of the computers in basement storage room #2 neatly organized. (Room
#1 down there has all of the bigger things and is still a mess.)
some pictures that we'll try to post soon.
For those who
haven't seen it, one whole wall of our second basement storage room has large
wooden shelves. Each shelf is (I'm estimating) about four feet long, about
two feet high, and about two and a half feet deep. The wall is three
shelves tall by about seven or eight shelves wide.
We now have: three
whole shelves devoted to Commodore gear, with a fourth to come soon; two for
Osborne; two for Apple; one for Atari; one for Tandy; and one for IBM. Probably
another whole shelf or two will be dedicated to DEC, and of course we'll have
two or three shelves marked as "miscellaneous". The layout of the room
makes it difficult to get good photos but hopefully Herb's will convey just how
much we have.
This is a very good
interim step on the way to making a full catalog of everything in MARCH's
domain. When we're done with this project, rather than a cataloging effort
being overwhelming, we can just tell someone "catalog the Apple shelves" or
whatever. This will also make it much easier for us to FIND everything,
rather than our basement rooms being totally chaotic.
And for the record,
at last count, we have FIFTEEN of those rascally Commodore 64s -- 13 in storage,
one on display in our preview room, and one being displayed at my office (just
to make colleagues ask about it!). And don't even get me started on the
Commodore disk drives and 5.25 floppies! I've now got Fred, Steve, and
others at InfoAge trained to decline just about everything from Commodore on our
I've got to say that
organizing all this stuff today was very, very satisfying. I'm looking
forward to getting back to the project soon. It's one of those things
where it really feels like we * accomplished * something useful and
important. When it's finished we can show this off on our web