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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Summer Get-together at Kimball Farms in Westford
Fri. July 30, from 3-6 pm.
$15 gift for paid-up DEC Connection members to spend as you wish. We will meet in the (free) public tents with picnic
tables, just inside by food stand - NOT in the (expensive) corporate area for
Lots of fun to be had for everyone with games, rides, food,
drinks and of course their famous ice cream. You can see what
they have to offer by visiting their website at
DECconnection will provide $15 gifts for all
paid-up registered members, which can be spent on anything that
takes your fancy (food, drinks, rides, games, ice cream, etc.)
Non-members/guests are welcome to join us, but will not receive
$15. You pay for your own rides, golf, ice cream, food, etc.
TO SIGN UP EMAIL
with your name and your guest's name(s) for badges.
Rain date Fri Aug 6, from 3-6 pm. We’ll
announce any cancellation on our website home page.
Maynard MA Sesquicentennial (150th Birthday)
Planned Participation in Maynard's 150th Birthday
Celebration - Founder's Day, Sept. 19, 2021 - March in parade in
afternoon (wearing your favorite Digital logo clothes if you still have some
- if not go to www.decswag.com), followed by ceremonies and then a
private DEC Connection catered early dinner at a restaurant downtown. Digital
memorabilia will be
given to paid-up members by lottery.
TO SIGN UP EMAIL
do you want to march in parade, do you want to attend dinner, #
people for each; please provide
your name and your guest's name(s) for badges.
The website for these events is:
Maynard 150th Anniversary – 1871 – 2021
Fri. July 30, from 3-6 pm,
summer get-together at Kimball Farms.
Sun., Sept. 19, 2021, 1-6 pm,
Dinner in Maynard
luncheons - ON HOLD pending safe covid-free environment for
get-together. info: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Karen W. Hamilton, 81, Clinton MA, 4 June 2021
Paul McGaunn, 83, N. Andover MA, 2 June 2021
Melissa Johns, 56, Colorado Springs, 30 May 2021
Steven Peters, 62, Monument CO, 23 May 2021
Michael Ewing, had worked in DEC Europe, 11 May 2021
Dave Richards, Phoenix AZ,
23 April 2021
Lee Mauldin, 76, Colorado
Springs, 14 April 2021
M. Versace, 71,
Colorado Springs, 14 April 2021
Bill McPhillips, 88,
Colorado Springs, 10 Apr 2021
Dave Streeter, 77, Quechee
VT, 25 Mar 2021
Paul DeVivo, 79, Grand Gorge, NY, 12 Mar
M. DeAngelo, 84, Colorado Springs, 26 Feb 2021
Lou Gonzales Jr., 86,
Colorado Springs, 17 Feb 2021
Doug Hammond, 77,
Laconia NH, 18 May 2020
David Mark's Zoom lecture on
Digital History (14 June 2021) -
here is link to
recording on YouTube. About 200 DECcies tuned in.
Link to their stories in the zoom chat is on our DEC
Stories web page.
Medicare 2021 - Materials updated
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.