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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
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DEC Tech Talks
Gale "Jake" Jacobs
Our last speaker:
Link to amazon.com where you can buy Avram's book
This is shaping up to be a great series! And we
have some terrific presentations in the making, such as:
Tech Talk #6: January 11, 2023;
1 PM Eastern, 10 AM Pacific -
Gale "Jake" Jacobs
joined Digital in 1973 and served in sales, marketing and management
positions in Portland, Oregon, Mexico City and Acton, MA. His talk will
feature cultural differences and the agony and ecstasy of serving as
National Sales Manager in Mexico during a time when the country’s economic
pendulum was swinging from soaring heights to abysmal lows, and Digital’s
efforts to manage the challenges. Plus, the trials and tribulations of
relocating from Oregon to south of the border and the transfer back north to
Acton. If you enjoy tequila, mañana, music, cerveza and a good war story, be
sure to join us for this Tech Talk! Viva Mexico! Viva DEC!
To sign up for Jake's Tech Talk, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provide your name and email address for the Zoom invite (which will be
emailed about a week ahead of the event). We now ask that, to attend
the Zoom session, you be a paid-up member of DEC Connection.
Here is where you
can join or renew.
Generally, these sessions have run about an hour - 30-45
min. talk, 15-20 min. Q&A/discussion.
To sign up to deliver a DEC Tech Talk, please email email@example.com
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
Tech Talks page for
links to the video recording and presentations.
Oct 17, 2022: Last Colorado Springs CO
Oct 1, 2022: Pittsburgh PA
Sun., June 19, 2022:
Afternoon BBQ at
the WooSox Baseball Game
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
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.