[vcf-midatlantic] Repair workshop wrap-up 7/11 & 7/12, 2020

Andrew Diller dillera at gmail.com
Mon Jul 13 21:31:33 EDT 2020

Hello -

I was there for Saturday only...

I swapped out my loaner switch in the Museum rack and installed (with some helping hands from Alex) the 2nd Cisco 36xx switch that Martin from CDL obtained from us. That completes the Phase 1 of the Museum networking upgrade - from the cellular data to a physical drop from the CDL. So many thanks to Martin for finding this equipment and helping us get a network drop in the museum to use. The internet access there is much much faster.

Alex also added me to the new KVM that was installed in the rack for the VCF firewall and Linux server. I moved the KVM to the CDL Private network so it can be accessed from the CDL building for easier remote access.

I picked up the box of SGI manuals Adam located and found some interesting docs. I'm determining what is already online and I will scan what is not, as well as image some of the CDROMs included in the docs and upload them to the Internet Archive.

I also spent some time installing a new wiki on the VCF "webserver" - which is the nice Dell 410 that Alex also donated to VCF. This required some db and java to be installed on the server. This wiki will allow us to have a local copy of important information about systems and applications at InfoAge for easy lookup on site.

Also prepped the install of the Collective Access software which we will trial for usage in the warehouse for inventory of assets. The SystemSource museum in Baltimore uses this software and it has some very nice features. I talked a bit with Jeff about setting up a 'inventory cart' in the warehouse that would have a dedicated PC that would access the server back in the Museum, as well as tags and markers we could use to start tagging some assets in the warehouse. The CHM has advised us on tags and markers that will not damage equipment.

https://www.collectiveaccess.org/ <https://www.collectiveaccess.org/>

I tried to print to the LaserJet4+ from my mac but was just able to print some postscript commands to that PCL printer ;)

I would love to locate a PS interface/card and upgrade it from a 4+ to a 4MP+. If anyone has any of those sitting around please let me know!

Finally I watched in fascination as Ian, Jason, Alex and Jonathan did amazing things - and I want to get Jason to bring up his battery welder so I can rebuild all my classic laptop battery packs. His example on his Compudyne 486 was incredible. 

See you at the next one...


> On Jul 13, 2020, at 6:41 PM, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> Maybe everyone can tell what they were working on and their progress.

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