Muddle-headed Kay (mhw) wrote,
Muddle-headed Kay
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A nostalgic weekend.

Jus and I have just come home from a weekend in Windermere in the Lake District, where we attended the first (first annual, I hope!) DEC Legacy Event.

In other words, a get-together of a bunch of people who have fond memories of the computers and software produced by Digital Equipment Corporation before they got swallowed up by Compaq and then Hewlett-Packard.

People even brought working systems! After a lot of raking through old memories (mine, not the computer's!) I managed to remember how to toggle in the initial loader for a PDP 8/e on its front panel - in those days, any computer worth its salt had a proper front panel with toggle switches for entering data and blinkenlights to show you what the processor was doing.

It was particularly good to have two visitors from the USA who managed to get here despite the current flight restrictions: Ian King and Rich Alderson from the Living Computer Museum in Seattle.

You can read all about what we got up to here.

Big thanks to Mark Wickens, who organised everything.
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