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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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Reunions & Events

  • NEW!  **KARAOKE!** Sing Along Afternoon (with late lunch)

    The DEC Connection is holding a sing along (karaoke) & late lunch on Saturday June 1st from 1-5 PM at the Pleasant Cafe at 36 Main Street in Maynard. Come and join your DEC colleagues and have a delicious dinner and sing the afternoon away. The food is provided and there will be a cash bar. The food buffet will include: pretzels, garlic bread, sandwich platter, chicken and eggplant parmesan, salad, chicken tenders, steak and cheese eggrolls, and for dessert, coffee/tea and cookies.

    There will be group, solo, and duo sing alongs. There will also be prizes for the best solo and duos (as determined by the group). The cost is $10 per paid-up members and $15 for non-paid members and guests. **Space is limited so sign up early on our website here**. We'll sell tickets through May 24 or until reaching capacity.

Additional Reunions:

Wrapups:

- DEC Connection Summer BBQ-Picnic on Sat. afternoon, Aug 18, 2018 in Marlboro at the Hunters' house - write up and photos

 

-  Maynard Mill get-together at the Battle Road Brewery House was Sunday, May 20, 2018.  See the writeup and photos here.

 

Other Reunions:

Memorials

click on link above for details

  • William P. (Bill) Keating, 88, Concord MA, 8 Feb 2019

  • Harlan E. Anderson, 89, New Canaan CT, 30 Jan 2019

  • John Sherwood Brown, 76, Glebe, NSW, Australia, 25 Jan 2019

  • Jeff David Higgins, Omaha NE, 24 Jan 2019

  • Peter J. W. Lamb, 60, Annapolis MD and Dania Beach FL, 21 Jan 2019

  • Mary Riffelmacher, 72, Colorado Springs, 6 Jan 2019

  • Joseph Cosgrove, 82, North Falmouth MA, 4 Jan 2019

  • Paul A. Serra, 59, Nashua NH, 13 Dec 2018

  • Dick Thompson, Colorado Springs, 9 Nov 2018

  • Jo Anne Falco, 63, Merrimack NH, 15 June 2015

     Announcements

Where to Sell or Donate your old Digital hardware

 

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% run by 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.  Equipment can be dropped off or arranged to be picked up. Items accepted for donation are listed at  www.recyclecomputers4cancer.org/items-accepted-donations-recycle-computers-4-cancer/

For free pickup, fill out and send in the donation form at      www.recyclecomputers4cancer.org/free-pickup-request-form/ 

The contact for RC4C is Eric Grund at eric@smcac.org.

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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.

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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

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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 http://www.hpalumni.org/asap (HPAA membership not required.)

Digital_Man/Digital_World

 

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!

http://video.wfyi.org/video/2282149336/

 

The DVD of Digital_Man/Digital_World is available from PBS; $24.95 plus ship.

Here is a link to shopPBS to purchase.

 

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