I'd like to nominate archive.org's Wayback Machine for preserving the Internet as it was before Silicon Valley ruined it.
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A biennial award backed by the National Museum of Computing for "achievements in computer conservation or restoration" has opened its nominations. The Computer Conservation Society's Tony Sale Award, first given out in 2012, is looking "to recognise a singular achievement in the area of computer conservation and restoration" …
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The TMoC is a great place to visit. I've been a member for several years. The people there know a thing or two about computers from before Intel.
When you start to understand some of the things they did in those buildings on WW2, you can't help but shake your head in amazement. Some of the stuff they did especially w.r.t breaking the Lorenz code without ever seeing a machine was stunning. Some of their work is still classified (really).
I'm sure that if you have some interesting bits of old kit, they'd be happy to receive it.
If you have the source kit for RSX-11M/Plus then I know that they'd welcome it with open arms.
After reading various commentards posts to various articles, on what they have hidden in their attics/basements, I suspect that there's quite a few of them that could qualify for an award. I'm just not sure what award they should qualify for...
Disclaimer: I probably would qualify for entry in the "Pack Rat of the Year" award, but probably not even get an honorable mention.
There are several categories:
- The Tardis Award for ostensibly storing at least double the overall volume of a shed inside that same shed.
- The Librarian's Ribbon for knowing by heart all the items stored, and their exact location. An additional medal can be gained for knowing what the function of at least 50% of said items is (this to allow a certain number of widgets "I have no frigging idea what it's for exactly, but it looked worth saving" like we all have).
- Lifetime membership of the Society for Putting Things on top of Other Things, for, well, having put impressive numbers of Things on top of Other Things.
Lifetime membership of the Society for Putting Things on top of Other Things, for, well, having put impressive numbers of Things on top of Other Things.
shurely life time membership of the Queue Society (a broad church incorporating the LIFO and FIFO societies)
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