[vcf-midatlantic] Museum/workshop report

Jeffrey Brace jeffrey at vcfed.org
Mon Feb 11 16:05:05 EST 2019

On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 3:12 PM Drew Notarnicola via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> I hope all of this newfound knowledge is going in the docent wiki ;p

It will. Evan is too busy planning VCF East so Tony and I are working on
docent guides and documents.  Lots of good and helpful stuff will be
available for docents soon.

> On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 9:40 PM Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> > I was tour guide in the museum for two or three hours today. There was
> > only two sets of two visitors each, but they were GOOD visitors! First a
> > man and woman in their 20s who wanted a full tour, and then two guys in
> > their 40s/50s who said they work in IT and also wanted a full tour +
> > stuck around for a discussion with Drom about the UNIVAC. Best part: all
> > four of them said they visited IA specifically to see our part. The
> > 20-somethings said they're from Philly and found us by Googling for
> > where to see old computers.
> >
> > Brace and I spent about 30 minutes practicing PDP-8 front panel entry.
> > We each got chase-the-lights working on our own (no tech support calls
> > to Gesswein or anyone else this time) ... first time for that! Felt good
> > to reach that milestone. Next time we'll try to load a program from
> > paper tape, per DG's instructions.
> >
> > Personal comment: if you'd told me a year ago that I would ever feel
> > totally comfortable using the front panel on HP and DEC minicomputers,
> > demoing memory diagnostics on the UNIVAC, and (as of yesterday) starting
> > to feel some kind of comprehension in 6502 assembly ... I might not have
> > believed you. Thank you Mike L, DG, Drom, Adam, etc. for encouraging
> > this former English major that I too could learn such things. Thinking
> > in octal and understanding about opcodes!? What's happening to me??
> >
> >
Jeff Brace
Vice President
Vintage Computer Federation

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