[vcf-midatlantic] Museum report

Evan Koblentz evan at vcfed.org
Sun Dec 3 23:48:55 EST 2017


>> Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering
kaboom...

Never say kaboom around vintage computers.

Someone in the audience yelled "boom" when we turned on the PDP-8 for its
VCF East debut a few years ago. Other audience members seemed genuinely mad
at the guy.

On Dec 3, 2017 11:37 PM, "Dean Notarnicola via vcf-midatlantic" <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering kaboom...
>
> On Sun, Dec 3, 2017 at 11:34 PM Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>
> > Actually Evan had it right. We need a Q-36 Space Modulator:
> > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuUJfYcn3V4
> >
> > On Sun, Dec 3, 2017 at 9:23 PM, Dean Notarnicola via vcf-midatlantic <
> > vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> >
> > > We actually need an RF de-modulator. I'm checking for a spare, but in
> > case
> > > I dont have one, could anyone coming to Festivus have one? Thanks.
> > >
> > >
> > > On Sun, Dec 3, 2017 at 8:34 PM Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
> > > vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Adam and I were at the museum from 11:00-6:30 today.
> > > >
> > > > - Jason H., who used to live out here and was an active MARCH member,
> > > > visited today from Seattle. He hadn't seen the museum. The first
> words
> > > > out of his mouth upon entering were, "It looks professional!" vs. our
> > > > old exhibit. He hung out with us until about 5:00 and even helped
> clean
> > > > our workbench.
> > > >
> > > > - Adam counted our Commodore 128s .... FIFTEEN! That's a dozen more
> > than
> > > > we need. We'll test them all another time (probably at the next
> > workshop
> > > > in January) and then figure out how to get the surplus into
> collectors'
> > > > hands.
> > > >
> > > > - Adam also sorted/organized some other Commodore accessories,
> > > > joysticks, etc. which were cluttering our warehouse entrance area.
> > > >
> > > > - We checked out a donation of a TI Professional Computer
> > > > (Osborne-esque) which arrived yesterday. It looks brand new except
> for
> > > > the keycaps, most of which are yellowed although a few random ones
> seem
> > > > pristine. Weird!
> > > >
> > > > - We put aside 50-something Pickett slide rules and a new-in-box
> Atari
> > > > Flashback 2, which as Jeff B. posted will be given away at Festivus.
> > > >
> > > > - We put another Flashback 2 into the museum workshop and attached it
> > to
> > > > the big monitor on the wall. It works fine but there was no audio. We
> > > > determined the wires from the monitor's side-mounted speakers were
> > > > damaged. Chances are high that some of the more experienced members
> can
> > > > fix this. I'd still rather connect one of our real 2600s, but first
> we
> > > > need to acquire a modular (not a demodulator) because the monitor
> > > > doesn't have a coax input. I think Dean said he has one.
> > > >
> > > > - We had a slow but steady stream of museum visitors. Maybe about 20
> > > > people total. Lots of parents/children due to the InfoAge holiday
> train
> > > > show. The highlight was a precocious and extroverted 7-year-old girl
> > who
> > > > really got into it.
> > > >
> > > > - We stopped at Home Depot and got a 50-pack of contractor-grade
> trash
> > > > bags. Our warehouse supply of these was done.
> > > >
> > > > ________________________________
> > > > Evan Koblentz, director
> > > > Vintage Computer Federation
> > > > a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit
> > > >
> > > > evan at vcfed.org
> > > > (646) 546-9999
> > > >
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> >
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