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The DEC Connection is an association dedicated to preserving the unique culture of Digital Equipment Corporation by reuniting the Digital family through face-to-face events, intra-personal and group communications, and joint activities. We want to preserve Ken Olsen's cultural, technical and management legacies. We promote events of local ex-DEC clubs. Membership is open to all former employees and contractors - JOIN HERE!   To submit content, email webmaster.


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Medicare Webinar


Our June 23rd Zoom Medicare Webinar with Jerry Shusterman went well.  We will probably offer another session when Open Enrollment begins in October.  Stay tuned.  See the presentation materials here.


Maynard MA 150th Birthday (Sesquicentennial)


We have been speaking with the planning Committee of the Maynard Sesquicentennial, for which many activities have been delayed thru Sept 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Committee has invited us all to participate in some impressive permanent historical markers they are designing, including panels about Digital, that will remain in downtown Maynard; planned location is in the Ken Olsen Plaza at the corner of Main and Walnut, but further up Walnut so there is no interference with driver visibility. See photos of plan, on our website, here. The DEC Connection will be making a contribution towards the signage display.  The Committee members thought there might be some alumni interest in making individual contributions, in whatever amount the members feel appropriate. At the moment the best way is by mail to: Maynard Historical Commission, 195 Main Street, Maynard, MA 01754; Attn: Historic Mill Marker Fund. Contributions are not tax-deductible.







click on link above for details

  • Jim Shiota, 78, Sun City West AZ, 22 Jul 2020

  • Bill Hanson, Mashpee and Acton MA, 15 July 2020

  • Mike Mulqueen, Limerick Ireland, 15 Jun 2020

  • Ray Schavone, 69, Shrewsbury MA, 13 Jun 2020

  • Sandra Faye Mosley, 79, Colorado Springs, 7 Jun 2020

  • Theodore Murray Jr., 72, Colorado Springs and VA, 29 May 2020

  • Maria T. Pipal, 92, Colorado Springs, 30 May 2020

  • Julia Ann Hipolite, 80, Colorado Springs, 21 May 2020

  • Al Sidel, 96, Chelmsford and Malden MA, 15 May 2020

  • Jim Bennett Jr., 83, Falmouth and Millis MA, 6 May 2020

  • Howard Painter, 83, Hudson MA, 27 Sep 2019


Where to Sell or Donate your old Digital hardware



It's that time of year when you may be thinking of donating older electronic equipment to a Charity.  For those who have already done this, let us hear from you on the organizations you would recommend.   For Massachusetts readers, it has come to our attention that there is a local cancer charity that you may want to put on your list.  This charity is 100% run by volunteer cancer scientists, survivors, and information technologists.

The name of the organization is Recycle Computers4 Cancer []
and it donates all proceeds to help Cancer patients and their families through the SMCAC (Scientific & Medical Coalition Against Cancer). They have securely erased all data on hard drives that are donated for the past 12 years, including major pharmaceutical companies, banks, individuals, law firms, and financial institution. Also, all computer donations are tax deductible with no donation considered
too small or large.  Equipment can be dropped off or arranged to be picked up. Items accepted for donation are listed at

For free pickup, fill out and send in the donation form at 

The contact for RC4C is Eric Grund at


November 2018:  Thanks to Jackie Kahle for submitting this article about Admiral Grace Hopper’s long association with DEC, and about her experiences when Adm. Hopper was her customer at DEC in Washington, D.C.


VAX and PDP-11 still live!

  -Thanks to Sue Yarger for sending in this note from the UK Register:

NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede - Analysing Galileo's Jovian moon results

  -And thanks to Jack MacKeen for this gem, same source:

Das blinkenlights are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11 Retro computing fans wrap classic DEC fascia round world's fave hobby machine


HAPPY 60th ANNIVERSARY DIGITAL!  See article in the Telegram for pics and nostalgia.


HP Connection

and click on the link under “US Alumni Product Purchase Program”. Then follow the instructions to register for the program.

  • Know someone who is leaving HP? Please pass the word to anyone leaving HP to use the HP Alumni Association's "ASAP Checklist" immediately. It has advice and mutual help -- developed by HPAA members -- on the many things you have to do before you lose access to HP's internal systems. Thanks to Curt Gowan for this info. Go to (HPAA membership not required.)




The first PBS showing of Digital_Man/Digital_World was 21 Feb 2012 in Indianapolis - here is a link to the 57-minute video on their website to watch on your computer!


The DVD of Digital_Man/Digital_World is no longer available.

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