Visited the CHM back in 2015 with a bunch of folks from Linaro Connect, I had a strong emotional reaction to seeing my dear childhood companions on display in a fricking museum. Z80, 6502, 6809, etc. You kids today with your quad core 64-bit ARMs. Now get off my lawn! :-)
Glad you enjoyed the visit! Feel free to come on by again -- we have a new software exhibit now, "Make Software: Change the World!"
Yeah, same way for me at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle. I couldn't believe how many times I walked past a display and said, "Had that one too." My kids were appalled at both my nerdliness and my age.
Ha! "Gee grandpa, tell us how it was before the wheel!"
My son once asked me if cars had been invented yet when I was a child... I'm 45.
Hello everyone :-)
OK, welcome everyone, glad you could drop by. I'm really excited to welcome Dag Spicer to the Hack Chat today. Dag is Senior Curator at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, which is an amazing resource for anyone with an interest in computers.
Dag, can you tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be curator at the biggest computer museum in the world?
I like outdated computers
Gosh this is genuinely an honor for me to be part of this great community today. My background "is inconsequential.. luge lesssons, summers in Rangoon..." I keed I keed! I went to UBC in Canada for the EE in 1986, woked as a "data over radio" engineer for a decade, then went back to university to study first history, the the history of technology. I was at STanford working (or *not* working) on my PhD when the opportunity to lead an effort related to preserving computers ... it was very nebulous... it's been 23+ years now... an amazing journey from a Quonset Hut at NASA Ames to our current building at the coner of 101 and Shoreline.
By the numbers: Budget: $8 million. Number of FTE: 65. Number of walk-in visitors: 125,000 per annum; Days CHM is rented out for events: >325 (which brings in another 100,000+ visitors).
I was a hardware cross-trained systems engineer working in product support & services for Amdahl Corp for six years -- working on the 470, 580, and 5890 mainframes.
Woah - sounds like Smithsonian numbers. At least to the uninitiated.
Smithsonian is in a league of their own -- Annual budget = $3 billion
If anyone has any questions, please fire away!
Brian: have you been to the Museum? We have a 470 V/6 on display you might enjoy!
Gosh, I have so many questions <3
Not recently, anyway
ok, I was on the arpanet when i was a kiddo.
I believe this CHP started in Boston and then moved west...
I still have my commodore 64 chat logs.
where should I publish those?
OK, I'll try one. What makes an artifact worthy of preservation? I mean, eventually you probably get your fill of C-64s and TRS-80s
I want to add to the history of the internet, but I want to ensure data is secure. Who should I ask for help cleaning that data?
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