[rescue] Finding antique machines

John Francini francini at mac.com
Tue Apr 17 23:58:00 CDT 2007

And for the large DEC iron fans, the RCRI also has a DECsystem-10 CPU 
(model KL-1090, in the high-boy cabinets). Some photos here: 

Boy, I wish I had the power, cooling, and $$$$ to bring one of those 
beasties back to life.  Yes, I can run the OSes (TOPS-10, TOPS-20, 
ITS, etc.) any time I want on the KLH-10 emulator -- considerably 
faster than running them on the original iron -- but that's not the 
point.  There's nothing like the real thing.


At 0:26 -0400 4/18/07, Ahmed Ewing wrote:
>On 4/17/07, Carl R. Friend <crfriend at rcn.com> wrote:
>>      If you're in the Providence, RI area this coming weekend, the
>>  Retro-Computing Society of RI is holding its monthly open house
>>  so you can see some really old iron (the earliest piece being a
>>  Packard Bell 250, a 22-bit serial-architecture machine that uses
>>  delay-line memory), some nice 1970s-vintage minis, 1980s-vintage
>>  VAXen and superminis, and some later workstation-class machines.
>>      They're at Atlantic Mills on Manton Ave in Providence, room 411.
>Wait. You've gotta be kidding me.
>Seriously, do you know how many times my girlfriend and I've gone
>scavenging for crap in the Big Top Flea while she lived in Warwick,
>not knowing that a gem like that was in the *same* building?? For
>whatever reason, I got the idea that they were somewhere far off in
>rural RI--guess I never paid close enough attention to the address...
>I would've actively contributed however I could to the cause, or at
>least gone for a tour... that's incredible.
>*slaps self*
>Mind you, I still can (and will), but now that she's moved up to
>Cambridge with me, there's less of a reason to be immediately in the
>area regularly.
>(Incidentally, did the Big Top Flea close down? I thought I had heard
>something about that--if not, that would help get her on board for the
>trips down.)
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John Francini, francini at mac.com

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