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The DEC Connection is an association dedicated to preserving the unique culture of Digital Equipment Corporation by reuniting the Digital family through face-to-face events, intra-personal and group communications, and joint activities. We want to preserve Ken Olsen's cultural, technical and management legacies. We promote events of local ex-DEC clubs. Membership is open to all former employees and contractors - JOIN HERE!   To submit content, email webmaster.

 

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Reunions & Events

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SAVE the DATE for Colorado Springs reunion, Fri 24 April 2015

Announcements

 

Vintage Computer Festival East 10.0
Friday, April 17 - Sunday, April 19, Wall, New Jersey

 

this year the 10-yr. old techie club will honor the 50th anniversary of the PDP-8 with a special pavilion with 9 operational PDP-8s!   this event is open to the public so come one, come all!    see a note with more info for DECcies


Vintage Computer Festival East is a hands-on, family-friendly celebration of computer history. It offers a book sale, classes, consignment sale, exhibit hall, food, lectures, museum tours, prizes, vendors, workshops, and more.
The event is produced by Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists (MARCH) and is hosted at the InfoAge Science Center.  See their website for details.


Contact: evank@midatlanticretro.org / (646) 546-9999

 

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Gordon Bell writes that The Computer Museum is Alive and Well!      See his cyberspace tour on our website here.

 

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The family of Ted Johnson, Digital's #1 salesperson, will hold a Celebration of Life memorial on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln MA. See memorial page for details.

Featured Entrepreneur

Meet our featured member Entrepreneur, Barbara Finer, in Hopkinton MA, founder of TechSandBox

Digital_Man/Digital_World

 

The first PBS showing of Digital_Man/Digital_World was 21 Feb 2012 in Indianapolis - here is a link to the 57-minute video on their website to watch on your computer!

http://video.wfyi.org/video/2282149336/

 

The DVD of Digital_Man/Digital_World is available from PBS; $24.95 plus ship.

Here is a link to shopPBS to purchase.

 

New Chapters
  • Southwest Florida - we are excited to announce that we're starting up a southwest FL chapter.  Send your name and email and phone number to Sally Hering (sahering@msn.com) if you are interested in a get-together in the Naples area.
  • Washington, D.C. (DC, MD, VA, WV) DECconnection chapter? If you're interested please email new member Charlotte Cocke Conley at charlottecconley@gmail.com who will organize. If you know any ex-DECcies in this area please contact to ask them to contact Charlotte. thanks!
  • Central FL - an HP Retiree Group (for which we qualify as members) is being started at The Villages, meeting quarterly for lunch. Contact Judy Donohue, 352-603-3941, HPFloridaretirees@gmail.com

Memorials

click on link above for details

  • Jack (John T.) Gilmore, Jr., 85, Mashpee/W.Falmouth MA, 17 Jan 2015

  • Jon Raphaelson, 60, Worcester MA, 13 Jan 2015

Ken Olsen Memorial summary - audio and movie of entire service are now on our website.

HP Connection

  • Know someone who is leaving HP? Please pass the word to anyone leaving HP to use the HP Alumni Association's "ASAP Checklist" immediately. It has advice and mutual help -- developed by HPAA members -- on the many things you have to do before you lose access to HP's internal systems. Thanks to Curt Gowan for this info. Go to http://www.hpalumni.org/asap (HPAA membership not required.)

  • If you know someone who has been offered the HP 2014 U.S. Phased Retirement Program, please send them this link: http://www.hpalumni.org/PRP This independent site has advice and reference info from HP alumni who have gone through previous retirement/layoff cycles. We also have an email list for updated information and moderated discussions. Thanks to Curt Gowan for this info.

Handy Reference Chart: info on Retiree Benefits, Stock Plan

DEC Retiree Benefits include the HP Employee Purchase Plan

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