Welcome to The DEC Connection!
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 -
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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.
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.
Sat., 2 Nov. 2019,
Recap from our
Summer Italian Festa in Marlborough MA at Bob Alessio's home
Sat., August 17, 2019
Sun., 2 June 2019
Management Sciences Consulting Group
Thu, 25 Apr. 2019, Colorado Springs
DEC Connection Summer BBQ-Picnic on Sat. afternoon, Aug 18,
2018 in Marlboro at
the Hunters' house
Maynard Mill get-together at the
Battle Road Brewery House was Sunday, May 20, 2018.
See the writeup and photos here.
Aug. 20, 2017 Kimball's Summer Get-together
Sat., Oct. 8, 2016 BBQ and Tour of
Mill and Main
CLICK HERE FOR RECAP and
10/18/16 Beacon-Villager coverage of our Event
Visit "Mill and Main" online:
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
Hipolite, 80, Colorado Springs, 21 May 2020
96, Chelmsford and Malden MA, 15 May 2020
Jim Bennett Jr., 83,
Falmouth and Millis MA, 6 May 2020
Painter, 83, Hudson MA, 27 Sep 2019
Where to Sell or Donate your old Digital
DONATING OR RECYCLING COMPUTER EQUIPMENT
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%
volunteer cancer scientists, survivors, and information technologists.
The name of the organization is
Recycle Computers4 Cancer [www.recyclecomputers4cancer.org]
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.
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
VAX and PDP-11 still live!
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
to Jack MacKeen
for this gem, same source:
are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11 Retro computing fans wrap
classic DEC fascia round world's fave hobby machine
60th ANNIVERSARY DIGITAL!
See article in the Telegram for pics and nostalgia.
click on the link under “US Alumni Product Purchase Program”. Then
follow the instructions to register for the program.
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.