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PTO Pittsburgh PA Reunion - Anyone wishing to attend this get-together on Saturday, October 1, probably afternoon in the Pittsburgh area, please contact Mary Cozma at


CXO Colorado Springs 18th and FINAL Annual Reunion - Friday, October 21 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. at the Dublin House, 1850 Dominion Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, (719) 265-8820.  Contact Laurie Marzulla,


DEC Tech Talks

via Zoom


This is shaping up to be a great series!  And we have some terrific presentations in the making, to be announced soon.

See the Tech Talks page for links to the video recording and presentations.

Our #3 DEC Tech Talk was delivered by DEC Connection member Bob Nusbaum, another of our super-duper utility fielders - a great product manager. He spoke about "High-Tech Darwinism" -- his experiences and observations of Digital from his FMS and ALL-IN-1 product manager roles. Bob worked at Digital for 18 years (plus 4 at CPQ). Discussion continues as long as everyone wants afterwards.

Wednesday, August 31, 4 pm Eastern time, 1 pm Pacific time

To sign up to deliver a DEC Tech Talk, please email with your name and a bit about your Digital background and what you'd like to present. We do have a few in the queue so you have a while to work on your pitch!




  • Pittsburgh PA (PTO and related) - October 1, 2022 - Mary Cozma.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE NEXT DEC GET TOGETHER...Sat, Oct 1, 2022 possibly around noon or oneish. Please RSVP to indicate if you are interested in attending so we can determine how large of a group to plan for. Details will follow once we get an estimate of how many are interested and book a venue. We welcome your correspondence with us while we are planning by email : PTODIGITALEQUIPMENT@GMAIL.COM.





click on link above for details

  • Scott Evans Harker, 77, Groton MA, 24 June 2022

  • Barrie S. Hunter, 82, Marlborough MA, 14 June 2022

  • Lou Klotz, 76, Bolivia NC, 30 May 2022

  • John Longo, 74, Enfield CT, 20 May 2022

  • Eddie Trujillo, 64, Colorado Springs, 11 May 2022

  • Randy Barth, 70, Cicero IL, 7 May 2022

  • Barry James Folsom, 75, Laguna Woods CA, mid-April, 2022

  • Dick Fredrickson, 90, Topsfield MA, 4 April 2022

  • Carl L. Crockford, 74, Goffstown NH, 1 March 2022

  • Jerry (Gerald V.) Butler, 81, Nashua NH, 16 February 2022

  • Kevin E. Reid, 77, Andover MA, 3 February 2022

  • Mark H. Bramhall, 73, Acton MA, 9 November 2021


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 hardware


Where to purchase official Digital logo products - from DEC Connection member Jack Rahaim



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 []
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

For free pickup, fill out and send in the donation form at 

The contact for RC4C is Eric Grund at


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.


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


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.


     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:
  • 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 (HPAA membership not required.)




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.

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