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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An Afternoon at a
BBQ and WooSox Baseball Game - on Father's Day!
For our main event this summer, we have
purchased a block of 40 tickets for Sunday, June 19, 2022 (ballgame
vs. Charlotte) starting 1:05 pm, at the brand new Red Sox minor league
ballpark, Polar Park in Worcester.
This is a BBQ event for DEC Connection members and their guests with
a ballgame included. This
will be a fun afternoon with great food and entertainment, subsidized
by The DEC Connection.
We will have a PRIVATE AREA at the
It is nicer than
your normal baseball seats. There will be tables and plenty of room
BBQ Food: The price of the tickets includes
all-you-can eat hamburgers, hot dogs, cole slaw, mac & cheese,
buttered popcorn, watermelon and berries, brownies, and water, tea,
and lemonade. Of course you can buy alcoholic beverages at
Not just for members: You may invite
of all ages on guest tickets.
In addition, we will have a raffle for
free DEC memorabilia.
Tickets are $20 for each paid-up member
and $30 for non-member/guests. DEC Connection is
subsidizing the true cost of $41 per ticket.
here to purchase the subsidized tickets on our website.
NOTE: We may be having a temporary issue
getting to the ticketing page. If you want to buy tickets but
can't write to us at
info@decconnection and we'll let you know when this is fixed.
Also, please email your name, phone #, and # of tickets you purchased
You will receive tix by email 2 weeks before game.
Each group must include at least 1 paid-up member
so join DEC
Connection here if you haven't joined and want to participate.
Deadline for purchasing tickets is May 31, 2022.
DEC Tech Talks
Tech Talk #1:
Bob Anundson, a DEC Connection member from Washington state, kicked
off this series with a presentation and discussion on February 19. He focused mostly on
his Maynard experiences in Product Marketing using the PDP-11/10, 11/40, RK05,
VT50/VT52, and software licensing as examples between 1969 and 1975, in the
context of Digital culture. See the
Tech Talks page for
links to the video recording and Bob's written story.
Tech Talk #2: Nathan Teichholtz Brookwood on
RSTS and DECnet - TBA. Stay tuned!
Sun., Sept. 19, 2021: Maynard
MA Sesquicentennial (150th Birthday)
11:30 am - Tour of Mill for paid-up
1-4 pm, Parade/Maynard
displays and events
4-7 pm, DECconnection Dinner
at Maynard Elks Lodge with
Videos of events have been added to
WRAP-UP, CLICK HERE.
Fri. July 30, 2021,
summer get-together at Kimball Farms.
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
Bud Messar, 75, Ashburnham MA, 13 February 2022
Seitz, 77, San Tan Valley AZ, 23 December 2021
Charlie Perrell, 72, Los
Altos Hills, CA, 10 December 2021
Richard Pfender, 68,
Pittsburgh PA, 6 November 2021
Edward J. Faryniarz, 72,
Harwinton CT, 1 January 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
Where to purchase
official Digital logo products - from
DEC Connection member Jack Rahaim
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.