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Wed, Feb. 16th, 2011, 12:22 am
alohawolf: Living Computer Museum.

Today I visited the Living Computer Museum, its owned by Paul Allen and Technically part of Vulcan Inc. The best part about the museum is they offer free accounts on the VAX-11/780 they have (Running VMS), the XKL TOAD-1 (TOPS-20) and the DECSYSTEM-20 (TOPS-10).

DECSYSTEM-2065 Running TOPS-10

TOAD-1 Running TOPS-20

Alto II opened up for repairs


Data General Eclipse awaiting restoration.

VAX-11/785 which will likely get Unix 32V or an early BSD on it once they repair the CPU.

DECSYSTEM-10 used for testing.

Running PDP-7

Running PDP-8/e

TU78 9-Track Tape Drives, Hooked up to the 2065..

More DEC Logo's

Wed, Feb. 16th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)

Are they open to the public, or did you manage to connect with someone on a restoration team? I can't find anything about hours open on the website.
I have a long history of working with the Computer History Museum in Mountain View,CA, and am a member of the 1401 restoration team (http://ibm-1401.info/). It's great to see these machines coming back to life.

Wed, Feb. 16th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)

I'm wondering if you were the gentleman I met when I was down there in Sunnyvale in January, yes, they are open for tours, by appointment, just use the info form, and you can arrange a tour, I was lucky to meet Rich Alderson at the vintage telephone museum. They have a NOS 29 Card Punch, still in its original packing crate.

Wed, Feb. 16th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)

Not likely, since I'm female ;) I haven't been active for a while, too busy setting up a Digital Game Museum. Thanks for the tour information - I'll have to check it out next time I'm in Seattle.
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Thu, Feb. 17th, 2011 04:15 am (UTC)

I'm waiting for my account on the VAX yet still, I'm logged into the TOPS-20 Machine now

Thu, Feb. 17th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)

Hmm, seeing these wonderful pictures makes me want to get my 11/750 going again...

Thu, Feb. 17th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Richard M. Alderson III: Thanks for the kind words!

We're happy that Robert was able to visit, and look forward to many future visitors.

A couple of minor corrections to Robert's captions:

1. The DECsystem-1090 is not running at present, and is used mostly for diagnostics when we do operate it. We do have ITS running, on a smaller system, a DECSYSTEM-2020 which is not currently connected to the Internet.

(NB: Those are the official capitalizations in the system documentation from Digital Equipment Corporation, not "shouting".)

2. The TU78 tape drives are connected to the DECSYSTEM-2065, which is our 24x7 Tops-10 system. The Toad-1 has a SCSI tape drive which is visible to its left in this picture.

Just want to keep things straight, so we don't confuse anyone!

Rich Alderson, Curator
Living Computer Museum

Thu, Feb. 17th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
alohawolf: Re: Thanks for the kind words!


I corrected the captions on the images, thanks for the corrections!

Mon, Aug. 22nd, 2011 09:30 am (UTC)
(Anonymous): PDP-7 photo

Hi Robert,

I'm seeking permission to use your photo of the PDP-7 S#113 machine at the Living Computer Museum on my website - http://www.soemtron.org/pdp7.html - the PDP-7 systems register.


Best regards,

Mike Hatch

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