[vcf-midatlantic] Museum update
amichlin at swerlin.com
Sun Feb 23 13:41:36 EST 2020
The elves have been hard at work and, as many of you may have seen on
the various social media feeds, we have all sorts of new things going on
in the museum.
New exhibits include:
A now working (thanks to member Ian Primus!) Soviet Union era Spectrum
ZX clone called the Orel (not "Eagle" as I incorrectly reported
recently) donated by member Bill Lange. Working, as long as long as you
can figure out the unlabeled Spectrum keyboard commands on the
roman/cyrillic keyboard! Insert your own "In Soviet Russia..." joke
here. Anyone have a Spectrum ZX Tetris cart they want to donate?
A Timex Sinclair 1000 to match up with the aforementioned Spectrum
clone. Still don't have the real English ZX working, but one day!
A new office display with a pristine DEC Rainbow 100 and *all* the neat
toys (beautiful color monitor!) associated with it that boots into
MS-DOS and runs a DEC branded word processor.
A TI Professional Portable (luggable) running MS-DOS and 123. One of the
last CRT based portables with an absolutely amazing color screen
A pristine PCJr including a monitor that was in a sealed box (literally
A Panasonic MSX on loan from member Dean Notarnicola adding Japan to our
growing list in the international exhibit area of the museum.
Speaking of international, a Bulgarian Apple II clone called "Pravetz"
was also added to the international exhibit area on loan from member
A very cool and very rare officially branded Osborne monitor for our
A Zorba CP/M luggable that is filling in for the Superbrain QD (which
was just added, as well) while we get quad density disks (TIL!) up and
Best of all, all the above are for museum goers to *actively* use.
The modem exhibit is almost complete with several USR and Hayes modems.
A Telebit modem, an acoustic coupler modem, and an S100 PMMI modem card
round out as many facets of the modem world that we can fit in one
The video game exhibit has been changed for East to feature only the
6502 (and 65816). Atari 2600 (same one), NES, SNES, and Atari XE with
carts in the machines and representative retail boxes. Post East we
might put back the archived "Atari 2600 and earlier exhibit", maybe keep
this around, or do something entirely different! Suggestions are most
The "All these things on the wall.." exhibit has been archived for
return at another date and we have begun the CPU exhibit in large part
due to previous work done by member Jeff Jonas. This Is still very much
a work in progress and an email will be sent out shortly with what we
have, what we expect to be getting, and what we need. Our goal is to
bake the lesson of Moore's Law into the entire museum (supremely
important to our mission!) to give more flexibility to the exhibit spaces.
Member Bill Inderrieden has generously taken the lead on restoring the
Wang 4000. We have high hopes it will be running some time very soon but
these things, of course, require a methodical approach and patience.
There's an ongoing project to get some DEC equipment running some form
of VMS for musuem goers spearheaded by member Connor Krukosky.
We're also working on getting the CoCo 3 runnings OS/9 with a solid
state solution, but would love a donation of a non-working CoCo floppy
drive so people can see what it should look like.
The Xerox Star still doens't work, but several members are stepping up
to come up with solutions. Any leads on a mouse would be golden.
A museum by the people, for the people.
And reminder of all our social media feeds:
Vintage Computer Federation
VCF Mid Atlantic Steering Committee Member
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