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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Medicare 2021 Update
This webinar will address the Medicare
changes for 2021 as well as the Massachusetts Medigap, Medicare
Advantage and Drug
[Part D] Plans for next year. Q&A
will follow the presentation. The
presentation will not repeat the basic information presented in
our June 23, 2020 Medicare Webinar which can be reviewed at http://www.decconnection.org/medicareqa.htm.
Our expert speaker is Jerry
Shusterman, a former Digital employee who, as a Massachusetts
*SHINE Certified Medicare Counselor, has counseled thousands of
individuals on Medicare options and services for over 10 years. For
biography, go to the original
announcement at above link.
*SHINE = Serving Health
Insurance Needs for Everyone (eligible for Medicare)
WHAT: Webinar: Medicare 2021 Update
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 11:00 AM
Eastern Std Time
PROCESS: Zoom link sent to email of registered attendees on
Friday, October 23, 2020
Participants will receive handouts before the webinar and be
able to send in questions at the time of registration as well as
during the webinar. Post-webinar communications with the
speaker will be made available.
Registration: To register, send your name, email address,
phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
by Friday, Oct 23, 2020.
Maynard MA 150th Birthday (Sesquicentennial)
We have been speaking with the planners of
the Maynard Sesquicentennial for which many activities have been delayed
thru Sept 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The DEC Connection made
a generous contribution towards the signage for permanent display in the
Ken Olsen Plaza at the corner of Main and Walnut.
of plan, on our website, here. You can see that the entire
3rd panel is devoted to Digital.
is a recent article about the panels.
Announcement of Stan Olsen's passing
Link to full obituary.
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
Stanley C. Olsen, 92, Gilford NH, 30 Sep 2020
Tom Specht, 64, Woodland Park CO, 7 Sep 2020
Bill Picott, 81,
Lakewood Ranch FL/Harwich Port MA, 3 Sep 2020
Smith, 82, Colorado Springs, 28 Aug 2020
Glenn M. Rosander, 77,
Lancaster MA, 23 Apr 2020
Frank C. Hassett, 88, Nashua NH,
26 Mar 2020
61, Colorado Springs, 5 Mar 2020
John F. Procopio, Woburn MA and Naples FL, 17 Jan 2020
Jarvis ("J") Bailey, Methuen MA, 5 Mar 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.
HP Alumni also
suggests reading feedback:
There are lots of moving parts involved in HP
product discounts (and discounts on non-HP products).
Suggest you refer your members to the HP Alumni Association
pages on discounts:
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.