[vcf-midatlantic] How's everyone doing?

jsalzman at gmail.com jsalzman at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 11:44:40 EDT 2020

Started working from home Tuesday of last week. Took a bit to get used to
it from setting up my own work environment and being comfortable at where I
decided to plant my work issued equipment. If I were an interior decorator,
I'd have a conniption even trying to figure out the best way to organize
everything. LOL

I haven't been doing much with vintage computing because, although working
from home grants me an extra 90 minutes of time recovered from not having
to do a round trip commute, I find myself spreading my work out over a
longer span of hours during the day, taking more breaks in between. As a
software developer, I'm not tied to regular business hours like I normally
am when I am office bound, so I'm basically active during all daylight

Other than that, I was fortunate enough to have needed toilet paper a few
days before the panic buying, and secured my usual quarterly supply of
36-pk 1100 sheet Scott brand product. Water comes from a filtered fridge
dispenser, and I trek out every couple days to a convenience store for
milk, and am able to pick up a loaf or two of bread when I'm there. I don't
mind paying the premium price on bread at the convenience store because I'm
saving over $50 per week on fuel from the normal commuting cost.

Hopefully you all are hanging in there, staying safe, and looking forward
to seeing you all at the next opportunity to attend a Workshop, or VCF
East, whichever comes first!

Jeff Salzman

On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 11:12 AM corey cohen via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> I work from home anyway, so that hasn’t changed but I do miss going to the
> gym and Starbucks to hang out.
> On the computer project side, I have been working on making the Museum’s
> Sol-20 bulletproof.  There were a lot of iffy TI sockets that if you
> sneezed near them would cause issues.  I also reflowed the entire board
> since there also were some issues with cold solder joints in addition to
> the crappy sockets.  Let’s just say 43 year poor soldering job doesn’t
> react well to hot and cold cycles over the years.  While this unit has been
> in our museum for a while, it started acting up after the move to the new
> museum.  I think the move might have cracked some cold solder joints from
> the vibrations of the rolling carts it was on moving though the infoage
> buildings.   I also just ordered some new Tantalum caps so that there
> shouldn’t be any magic smoke on this Sol20 ever.  I only took the
> motherboard, so at some point I’ll have to recap the supply.
> I also have a stack of Apple II stuff from a friend to troubleshoot.  I
> may get to those next week.
> Outside of computer stuff, been doing a lot of minor reorganizing and
> little projects here and there.  If we start getting good weather on the
> weekends I’ll clean out my shed and my garage some more.
> Cheers,
> Corey
> > On Mar 27, 2020, at 9:03 AM, Christian Liendo via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> >
> > Since I live 5 blocks away from my job I am the only person getting
> > into the office.
> >
> > It has been very very busy

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