Today was the first day our '8 was on public display at the museum. We had
a typical amount of visitors today (around a dozen), most of whom seemed
very into computers (sometimes they're not). Everyone today had that 'wow'
expression when they saw the minicomputer. :)
NJARC's Harry Klancer was particularly happy to see it in our museum,
because he used to work on the same model. I suggested to him that he sign
on to our list here...
Tuesday night, I'm meeting the plastics guy (see thread below). Going to
bring him the intact side of the '8 cover so he can take measurements and
assess whether it's feasible to make two replicas at a decent price for us.
(Dont worry, I am NOT leaving the original cover with him.)
I had to bring the cover home today in the passenger seat because it doesn't
fit in my trunk!
From: Evan Koblentz [mailto:evan@...
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2008 1:37 AM
Subject: RE: [midatlanticretro] Re: PDP-8 ... On display
Cool. I didn't look at it that closely but I will this weekend. (Might be
down there Saturday AND Sunday this weekend. There's some kind of special
"Monmouth County Historal Trail", or whatever it's called, and Fred
announced at the meeting last night that InfoAge is on the map. We're
supposed to be open 12-5 both days.
Also, today I called a couple of local plastics fabricators. One company
particularly impressed me. As soon as I said "non-profit science museum"
the guy was very responsive. Said he's been in the field for 30 years and
he rattled off a list of high-profile clients, including a bunch of artsy
things, so he 'gets' that what we're doing is special and fragile. Said I
can bring him the intact original side of the '8's plexi cover, and that
he'll take some measurements and assess if he can build two new covers in a
cost-effective manner. From what he said on the phone today, I feel very
From: mejeep_ferret [mailto:mejeep@...
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2008 1:25 AM
Subject: [midatlanticretro] Re: PDP-8 ... On display
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Evan Koblentz" <evan@...> wrote:
> As promised, here are some cameraphone pictures from tonight (just
the plotter on the left
- what is the nameplate: IBM or CalComp?
- do you have all the pen accessories?
- is it interfaced to anything?
The reason I ask: I have an identical IBM 1627 plotter complete with manual,
both wood boxes of accessories, and lotsa paper rolls for it!
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