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DEC Tech Talks

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Avram speaking to his project team (c.1980)

This is shaping up to be a great series!  And we have some terrific presentations in the making, such as:

We're delighted to announce that our next Tech Talk will be presented by Avram Miller on Tuesday, December 6, at 11 AM Eastern Standard Time/8 AM Pacific/6 PM Israel.

Avram was the Program Manager for Digital's Professional Series of PCs in the early 1980s.  He worked directly with Ken, Gordon, and other industry icons to accomplish this challenge.  He recently published a book on his personal experiences in technology and is making the chapter  featuring Digital available ahead of his presentation. Please download it at this link here on our website.

You can read more about Avram's career on his blog, https://www.twothirdsdone.com, and his website http://www.avrammiller.com

Avram refers us to a 36-min. video posted on You Tube by the Computer History Museum called DEC: Personal Challenge, 25th Anniversary Video, which can be found at this link. This documentary was produced by DEC and chronicles the 2-year odyssey to bring three personal computers, the Professional Series (PRO-325 and PRO-350) and the Rainbow 100 to market a year after IBM launched their PC.  The narrative follows the challenges of the CT Program Group - Avram Miller (project manager), Michael Weinstein (merchandising), Ron Ham (software), Art Williams (hardware), and Vah Erdekian (manufacturing), as they race to develop a personal computer to show at the June 1982 National Computer Conference in Houston.

We're providing these resources ahead of his presentation as food for thought to encourage a lively discussion afterwards.  The advent of the PC has been blamed for Digital's demise and there are few people who understand the myriad of issues involved better than Avram.  Please do some prep and be ready to challenge Avram with your own observations and questions... we'll have a terrific and fun session!

To sign up for Avram's Tech Talk, email info@decconnection.org. Provide your name, and email address for the Zoom invite (which will be emailed about a week ahead of the presentation).

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To sign up to deliver a DEC Tech Talk, please email info@decconnection.org with your name and a bit about your Digital background and what you'd like to present. We do have a few in the queue so you have a while to work on your pitch!  See the Tech Talks page for links to the video recording and presentations.

Reunions

Memorials

click on link above for details

  • Denny (Denzil J.) Doyle, 90, Ottawa ON Canada, 26 October 2022

  • Ron Holton, Colorado Springs, 20 September 2022

  • Bill Burns, 79, Wilmington MA, 19 September 2022

  • Ruth Armknecht, 89, Atlanta GA, 5 September 2022

  • Ted Sares, 85, North Conway NH, 30 August 2022

  • Ann S. Hurd, 73, Rockport MA, 3 August 2022

  • Rene Martinez, 68, Miami Beach FL, 19 July 2022

  • Scott Evans Harker, 77, Groton MA, 24 June 2022

  • Barrie S. Hunter, 82, Marlborough MA, 14 June 2022

  • Carmine W. Tata, Leominster MA, 15 May 2022

  • Thomas Eaton, 72, Gloucester MA, 1 December 2021

Info

David Mark's Zoom lecture on Digital History (14 June 2021) - here is link to recording on YouTube.  About 200 DECcies tuned in.  Link to their stories in the zoom chat is on our DEC Stories web page.

 

Medicare 2021 - Materials updated

Where to Sell or Donate your old Digital hardware

 

Where to purchase official Digital logo products - from DEC Connection member Jack Rahaim

 

DONATING OR RECYCLING COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

It's that time of year when you may be thinking of donating older electronic equipment to a Charity.  For those who have already done this, let us hear from you on the organizations you would recommend.   For Massachusetts readers, it has come to our attention that there is a local cancer charity that you may want to put on your list.  This charity is 100% run by volunteer cancer scientists, survivors, and information technologists.

The name of the organization is Recycle Computers4 Cancer [
www.recyclecomputers4cancer.org]
and it donates all proceeds to help Cancer patients and their families through the SMCAC (Scientific & Medical Coalition Against Cancer). They have securely erased all data on hard drives that are donated for the past 12 years, including major pharmaceutical companies, banks, individuals, law firms, and financial institution. Also, all computer donations are tax deductible with no donation considered
too small or large.  Equipment can be dropped off or arranged to be picked up. Items accepted for donation are listed at  www.recyclecomputers4cancer.org/items-accepted-donations-recycle-computers-4-cancer/

For free pickup, fill out and send in the donation form at      www.recyclecomputers4cancer.org/free-pickup-request-form/ 

The contact for RC4C is Eric Grund at eric@smcac.org.

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November 2018:  Thanks to Jackie Kahle for submitting this article about Admiral Grace Hopper’s long association with DEC, and about her experiences when Adm. Hopper was her customer at DEC in Washington, D.C.

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VAX and PDP-11 still live!

  -Thanks to Sue Yarger for sending in this note from the UK Register:

NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede - Analysing Galileo's Jovian moon results

  -And thanks to Jack MacKeen for this gem, same source:

Das blinkenlights are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11 Retro computing fans wrap classic DEC fascia round world's fave hobby machine

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HAPPY 60th ANNIVERSARY DIGITAL!  See article in the Telegram for pics and nostalgia.

 

HP Connection

and click on the link under “US Alumni Product Purchase Program”. Then follow the instructions to register for the program.

 

     HP Alumni also suggests reading feedback:

There are lots of moving parts involved in HP product discounts (and discounts on non-HP products). Suggest you refer your members to the HP Alumni Association pages on discounts:  https://www.hpalumni.org/discounts
 
  • 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.)

 

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 no longer available.

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