vcf-midatlantic Digest, Vol 20, Issue 13 Museum Pix
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Wed Jun 14 11:48:06 EDT 2017
I'll chime in with my $0.02.
I agree with Jim, Drew, Evan. We all have identified the problems. All
it takes is time and money
(the talent we have in spades).
Evan mentioned my involvement with the TR20. We also, when that project
is completed, will start
thinking about restoration of "George", however, all these projects require
the donated extended time,
parts, specialized test equipment to get this (in some cases 50yrs old)
We all have lives outside of this venue.
Having said that, the obstacles should not deter us from pushing ahead.
Here's my idea....
One of the projects I plan to have ready for East XIII exhibiting is an
IBM, USA made '286
(640k soldered to the motherboard), under plexiglass, so that viewers,
expert and novice, will see how we made things in that era. It is planned to
have 2 ESDI drives and an Intel Above Board EMS memory card
fitted. For a "hands on", I plan to have that machine running Win3.0.
controlling a Z80 based materials
testing machine. The OEM's DOS software (1987era) of the test machine
will be running on Win3.0 .
This testing machine has plenty of visuals (blinkin lights) and octal
displays for the eye candy.
We plan on crushing soda cans and showing the stress strain curves of the
Begrudgingly (LOL), Evan has given the nod to this display. Quoting "it's
time to display 286 artifacts".
After East is over, it is my hope that this display can be brought into the
museum as a
"computational device of the month" to show there were other things done
with PC's in this era,
other than games, and financial forecasts.
The testing is safe and will be easy to demonstrate by the docents.
Bill Degnan's year of the appliance computer, comes to mind with this
The point of the droning on, is to show that other fresh ideas can be
considered to bring more
life into the museum (and hopefully more donations) while the main projects
continue at the slow
methodical pace they need to take.
Feel free everyone to tell me I am way off base with my idea. I can take
the hit, otherwise......
Let's start brainstorming ideas.
In a message dated 6/13/2017 12:04:38 P.M. EDT: Drew Notarnicola writes:
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:41:51 -0400
From: Drew Notarnicola <drew.notarnicola at gmail.com>
<vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org>
Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] Museum pictures
>If we are willing to enhance the experience from viewing lifeless
>artifacts to showing operating equipment
>and a good bit of hands on I think it would be some mighty strong gravity.
>The problem is half our artifacts are lifeless because they either don't
>run yet or they can't have monitors hooked up. And we don't have anything
>yet that visitors can do that's hands on.
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