[vcf-midatlantic] Museum updates
evan at snarc.net
Tue Sep 20 00:01:21 EDT 2016
Some neat things happened in the museum during this past weekend's workshop.
The sign from Tekserve arrived: http://vcfed.org/evan/teksign.jpg.
New-ish member Bill I. brought in a vintage rack-mounted plotter to use
with our EAI TR-20 analog computer. We hunted around InfoAge's storage
buildings and found the PERFECT rack to use for this: it's got a blue
chassis frame and shelves (same shade as the TR-20 itself) and a silver
door frame (same as the plotter). It was already pretty clean; a simple
wipe-down with Windex and paper towels removed the rest. And it's got a
magnetic door latch with a standard locking mechanism. Other than
lacking caster wheels, which we can add later, there couldn't be a
better choice. Pure luck that IA happened to have this rack in a readily
available spot and nobody else needed it.
Here's a picture: http://vcfed.org/evan/tr20rack.jpg.
We positioned it in the museum between George (the 1958 Philbrick
computer) and the IBM 1130. Ignore the wire shelving rack to the left of
it; that was temporary.
Bottom of the rack will be used to store TR-20 documents and accessories.
We also put some cinder blocks on the bottom of the rack for safety.
We acquired the 2.4 cubic ft. mini-fridge funded by a club member who
requested anonymity. We also bought two 32" LED TVs. One will go on our
hallway wall and the other will hang from our ceiling to greet visitors.
We adopted a second rack, this time a modern one with a Compaq logo on
front, which will go into the museum workshop area -- mini fridge on
bottom :) and storage or servers on top! But we're going to change it
out for a different one that has side panels (this one didn't). Martin
from OMARC is providing the replacement which is an HP rack with a
nice-looking mesh door.
Corey brought in plexi and the special drill bit. We installed this in
front of the shelves for the modern history exhibit using temporary
screws because the right ones we're handy. Jeff J. brought us the right
screws. We'll swap them soon.
The electrician stopped by again to take another look at our circuit and
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