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Join us for our open house on the third Saturday of every month from 1-8 pm.
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Visit RCS/RI for our monthly open house to view the collection of historic computers.

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Our Cray was used by a Nobel Laureate!

Congratulations to Prof. Michael Kosterlitz who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics today. Kosterlitz is a member of the Brown University Department of Physics who donated their Cray Jedi to us two years ago.

His research on exotic phases of matter includes thin films at cryogenic temperatures that lead to superconductivity and superfluidity. During the 1990s he used this Cray J90 to model these phenomena.

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Visit RCS/RI for our monthly open house to view the collection of historic computers.

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"But Otlet’s true conceptual breakthrough came in his Traité de documentation (1934), which presented “the radiated library and the televised book,” a novel scheme for remote access to data with minimal use of hard copy. As described in histories of the Mundaneum and in the documentary film The Man Who Wanted to Classify the World, Otlet proposed a global “réseau” or network of “electric telescopes.” These early workstations were to be linked to the Mundaneum by telephone and the new technology of television. A user would phone in a query, and the answer in a book or other source would appear displayed on a personal screen, which could be split to show multiple results. The network would support audio output, too, and in a final, startlingly predictive touch, Otlet’s system would also enable data sharing and social interactions among its users."

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Visit RCS/RI for our monthly open house to view the collection of historic computers.

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WHY ARE GOVERNMENT WEATHER FORECASTS SO SHOUTY? WX VIA BAUDOT CODE TO TELETYPE...

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One of our members has revived the old (2002) DEC Professional FAQ and it is now hosted on a wiki that anyone can edit. We will be contributing some new info and images about the Pro 3xx series systems in our collection including the rare VAX 8550 Console and providing details from the documentation in our extensive library.

This is the start of a project to collect and collate community retro-computing knowledge on a Wikimedia Foundation server that is free and open to everyone. The new format will present the old FAQ in a format that looks and feels like a Wikipedia article with new features like inline images. Check out the work in progress and consider contributing your knowledge and experience for the benefit of others pursuing the hobby. Next month's project will be to wikify the VAX-11/750 FAQ. Suggestions for other topics is welcome.

Please share, because ‪#‎InformationWantsToBeFree‬

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We have a number of DEC Pro 3xx series machines including a VAX Console and we will be contributing to the newly revived FAQ. Check it out and lend a hand.
After a very long period of dormancy I've revived the DEC Professional Computer Frequently Asked Questions and Miscellaneous Trivia file. The last stable version (Vol. 4 No. 2 from 04-OCT-2002) is now archived at:

https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/DEC_Professional_(computer)/V4N2

The document will now be hosted on one of the Wikimedia Foundation servers. It will be editable by anyone (with or without login, using the same accounts as Wikipedia.) The transition to the new format is well underway but not complete. The live version should not be regarded as stable.

Two new sections of part and module numbers have been added. The new format will allow for expanding the FAQ to include inline images. Essentially, it will look and feel like a Wikipedia article. It is also possible to link to stable revisions that have been vetted for errors. The work in progress is at:

https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/DEC_Professional_(computer)

I have plans to host other FAQs on this site, such as the VAX-11/750. Feel free to contact me if you'd like to contribute.

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Visit RCS/RI for our monthly open house to view the collection of historic computers. We are going to continue working on the VAX-11/750.
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