photos from VCF UK etc
csquared3 at tx.rr.com
Mon Jun 21 09:56:23 CDT 2010
Andy Holt wrote:
> Some more photos to join the collection
> Some do seem to be very similar to others in James' and Andrew's collections
> -obviously similar items caught our eyes.
> parts of me(!) can be seen on James' pictures of the 2966 - in the first one
> I (or about 1/4 of me) can be seen at the extreme left of the picture ... I
> am talking to Alan Thomson (off shot) about some old ICL manuals I have, one
> of which is in my hand in the picture. I believe that the person with the
> ICL banner in that photo is Delwyn Holroyd who was looking after the 2966 at
> the time and is one of the joint authors of the 1900/George3 emulator that
> can be found if you try hard enough :-)
> In the other main photo of the 2966 (P1000077) the back of my head is
> visible as one of the group of 3 at the back by the MT drive.
> I went to David Ahl's talk. Pity so few others did (less than 2 dozen
> altogether) - how fleeting is fame :-(
> I suppose it is inevitable that any such gathering has "holes" in the story
> I saw no mention of the Amateur Computing Club (ACC) (and the 77/68) which
> was the nucleus of hobby computing just before the MK14 and Acorn Atom
> introduced "proper" commercial kits - and even the Atom that I photo-ed had
> no informative label.
> Other than PDP-11s, the minicomputer era was practically ignored; Perqs were
> the only obvious examples of the workstation era; the disappearance of items
> from the primary mainframe era is easier to understand - but it would have
> been nice to have had at least one information board on the Ferranti Atlas
> that innovated so many of the things we now take for granted.
> Andy Holt
> one of the two visitors wearing T-shirts with the motto:
> There's no place like
> I should obviously have found my "Happiness is Honeywell" Snoopy Tshirt
Thanks for those too. The captions really help us dummies on the left
side of the big pond who love this stuff, but don't know what a lot of
it is without help.
BTW, 127.0.0.1 is one of my favorite places as well! One can get
carried away though, as I just recently killed my ability to do the LA
Times online crossword puzzle by routing one too many things there.
Twas easy to fix of course, once I realized what I'd done.
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