DEC Legacy Event, Windermere, UK, 17th-18th April

Rob Jarratt robert.jarratt at ntlworld.com
Sat Feb 20 13:27:49 CST 2010


I am sending the message below on behalf of the organiser of this event, as
he has been unable to resubscribe to the list:

Greetings,

I hope you don't mind me sending you an update on the DEC Legacy Event the
weekend of 17th & 18th April this year.

There are lots of exciting talks and demonstrations now lined up and lots of
kit to use, with more to come in the weeks ahead. 

Please feel free to visit the website http://declegacy.org.uk for updates
and come join us for an interesting and social weekend in the Lakes!

Regards, Mark.

Current highlights are:

Kevin Murrell will be talking about the work at the National Museum of
Computing and the Computer Conservation Society preserving and restoring DEC
hardware. There will also be a video-link back to the museum to demonstrate
some of their 'less portable' DEC equipment, including the Blacknest PDP/11
used for seismic monitoring and their VAX fault tolerant system. He's
bringing along some choice exhibits in their collection including a PDP/8,
DEC Mate III and DEC Professional running RT11.

Colin Butcher is keeping us up to date by presenting technical details of
the new OpenVMS 8.4 release (including Clustering over IP/DECnet over IP,
performance enhancements etc.) as well as facilitate a mini-bootcamp where
participants will get an opportunity to try their hand at installing VMS,
clustering VMS or any other topic which is of suitable interest. 

Ian King from the Living Computer Museum is joining from the USA and is
giving a presentation on the restoration of the DEC machines in their
collection. These include a PDP-10 model 2065 running Tops-10, a TOAD-1
running TOPS-20 and a VAX-11/780-5 running OpenVMS 6.2.

Dave Goodwin will be making a presentation on his PhD "Digital Equipment,
its Rise and Fall" answering the research question whether the sale to
Compaq was necessary or could DEC have survived on its own with the
technology it had.

Stephen 'Hoff' Hoffman, founder of HoffmanLabs, OpenVMS coder, publisher and
regular presenter at OpenVMS-related events will be joining us for a
presentation by video-link.

Jim Austin, Professor of Neural Computing, University of York, will be
demonstrating something of interest from his museum of DEC related hardware.

Equipment that will be on show includes:

PDP/8, DECmate III, DEC Professional running RT11, MicroVAX II & Microvax
3100 M80, VAXstation 4000/90, VAXstation VLC, DEC 3000/600 AXP, DEC
AlphaServer 1000A, ALPHAbook 1 Laptop, HP ZX6000, HP RX2600 server... with
more to come!
 



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