What's On

HOURS: The museum is open by appointment. However, we are usually at the Lab Saturdays between 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM with a break for lunch about 1:00 PM. Stop by the lab first and let us know if you want to see the collection in the Warehouse.

November 17, 2018: Today we had a wonderful "Old Bits" get-together of engineers and tech folks at the Rhode Island Computer Museum's Learning Lab. Lots of swapping stories and telling tall tech tales. As we move forward with convening this group, we will explore recording our sessions to preserve and share members' amazing historical stories and tech knowledge. If you'd like to join us, contact Dan (dan@ricomputermuseum.org).


October 13, 2018: Steve Jensen visited today and donated several interesting items. Steve dropped off an early ECD MicroMind wire wrapped computer. The ECD was made by MIT grads in the early 70's. Come back soon, Steve, with more goodies!


July 14, 2018: Crawford Griffith from Maryland visited. After dropping his wife off in Newport, Crawford was mostly interested in our DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) collection, and he helped organize some in the warehouse. We hope he comes back soon!

June 30, 2018: A generous donor dropped off a Heathkit IGW-47B Sine/Square Wave Signal Generator. We powered it on slowly with a Variac, and it actually worked. Since the Signal Generator is vacuum tube-based we thought it was only right to use a vacuum tube-based oscilloscope to check it out.

June 16, 2018: Jim Fahey, an ex DEC employee who specialized in networking, dropped off some interesting documents and artifacts. The documents include an Ethernet specification from before the IEEE made it the 802 standard, and some marketing comparison documents showing why Ethernet is better than Token Ring. The artifacts include samples of just about every kind of cable that was ever used for networking, and DEC branded DOS diskettes.

May 27, 2018: Al Perlman, Chief Editor for several vintage computer magazines, dropped off six boxes of old magazines. The magazines include Computer Reseller News, Information Systems News (which became InformationWeek), Network Computing, Communications Week, and VarBusiness. Also, a very cool issue from 1988: One Day in the American Computer Industry.

April 21, 2018: Stephen Cullen, ex DEC Shrewsbury employee, dropped off a Poquet PC and a DEC PCMCIA cartridge containing DEC terminal emulator software. Apparently DEC sold these little hand held PCs. He also dropped off a complete set of Microsoft Office distributed by DEC.

March 31, 2018: Ready to rock and roll. We picked up a Hewlett Packard 7933 Disc Drive sitting in a crate in a garage. It was purchased at an auction in 1994 from NASA/GSFC Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. According to the shipping document it weighs 415 lbs. Thank you Bob Turner for picking this up!

March 25-28, 2018: Soleil Lapierre donated A Diablo (Xerox) Model 33, and two Model 30 disk drives and a Diablo power supply. He also donated a very early DEC RX11BA diskette subsystem and a DEC PR11/PC05 paper tape reader.

March 17, 2018: David Bryant dropped off an APL version of the IBM 5100 Portable Computer, including an IBM 5103 printer and all of the original manuals and paperwork. It was originally shipped on May 20, 1977 from IBM Rochester to GEICO in MD. We also received training books and the corresponding tape cartridges.

February 10, 2018: Ed Ionata and his brothers stopped by today and donated an early Apple MAC (1982). The MAC was in a backpack, booted right up, and ran Apple works.

January 13, 2018: Hans Hübner from Berlin visited today. He was mostly interested in our VAXen, and helped consolidate all of our Symbolics systems into one location in the warehouse.

2017
December 1, 2017: Robert Diorio donated an IBM VOM and some IBM mainframe CE handbooks. Both belonged to his father and are from the 1970s.

November 4, 2017: Mattis Lind (right) and Neil Frieband (left) visited the RICM on Saturday. Mattis and his father have their own computer museum in Dalby Sweden, including a PDP-12 like ours, and a PDP-9. When we were working on our PDP-9, Mattis made digital images of his PDP-9 diagnostic paper tapes and emailed them to us. After corresponding with Mattis for many years, is was great to actually meet him. http://www.datormuseum.se/

September 23, 2017: Dan and Mike just got back from Montreal with an interesting load of equipment from Raymond Bruton. The most interesting item is an ECRM OCR document scanner that was made in 1977 and is powered by a DEC PDP-8/m. ECRM is still in business, but has moved from Bedford to Tewksbury, MA. Maybe we can get some help restoring it.

August 10, 2017: Robert Diorio donated an IBM VOM manual, P/N 1747231, and an IBM "THINK" notepad. Both belonged to his father and are from the 1970s.

July 20, 2017: Steve Hort donated a pile of DEC flip-chips, a desktop RX02 floppy drive subsystem, a RL02 disk drive and a bunch of disk packs for it. 

July 8, 2017: Vincenzo Moretti dropped off more parts from the DEC PDP-11/40 from Fairfield University.

June 10, 2017: Wayne Durkee donated a replacement typewheel for the ASR-33 Teletype that is the console for the DEC PDP-12.

May 21, 2017: Dan and Mike did a rescue run and came back with four Data General systems; a Nova/3, a Nova/4, an Eclipse S/20, an Eclipse MV/4000, and a large assortment of test equipment and spares.

2016
December 31, 2016: Arthur Post donated TI SR-50, SR-56, and SR-59 calculators and a TI PC 100C dock/printer for the SR-59. We also received all of the manuals, user's group documents, and lots of program for the SR-59 on magnetic cards.

July 30, 2016: We received eight IBM Model 55 Eduquest 9615-003 computers from the Bryant School in Bridgeport, CT. These computers are new and still in the original boxes. Dr. Douglas Lyon of Fairfield University donated diskettes Unibus boards and a DEC PDP-11/40 modified to be a PDP-11/23.

July 23, 2016: We received an IBM 5110 Portable Computer and IBM 5103 printer. This one has the APL language keyboard.

June 20, 2016: Dr. Douglas Lyon of Fairfield University donated a DEC PDP-11/40 modified to be a PDP-11/23.

May 27, 2016: John Mark Thomas donated a DEC PDP-11/23 and a MicroVAX-I, spare Unibus boards.

January 15, 2016: Clyde Hansen donated a DEC PDP-11/05 and diskette subsystem, and lots of spare boards.

2015
December 22, 2015: CompuCom donated a Wang VS18K, a Wang VS6000 Server, a VS Century Server, and a Micro VP 2200.

February 12, 2015: Douglas W. Jones, a professor at THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Department of Computer Science, donated a COI controller for a Data General Nova computer that will control the COI LINC Tape in our collection.

January 3, 2015: We received a Heathkit EC-1 Educational Electronic Analog Computer as a donation. It is in very good cosmetic condition.

2014
BMI Surplus donated a Systron Donner TL8-3 triple output laboratory power supply, and two Lambda Lab power supplies. These will be very useful for testing and repairing flip-chips.

November 7, 2014: We rented a little space in The Meadows Professional Office Park is just off Route 4 in North Kingstown. We will move some of the smaller running systems and two of the PDP-8 restoration projects into this space. We hold classes on the Arduino, Raspberry PI, and introductory programming there too. Details to follow.

September 29, 2014: Dan and Mike picked up an IBM S/390 mainframe and an IBM 3422 tape drive from the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.

June 11, 2014--Molly Beep Beep: On June 11th, Citizens Bank donated a Bell and Howell Mail Mobile III, their mail-delivery robot, to the Rhode Island Computer Museum. At Citizens, they called her Molly McMail.

April 10, 2014: Mike was in Germany on a business trip and made arrangements to meet with Philipp Hachtmann (on the left). Philipp supplied an RX8E 8" Floppy Disk controller and a KL8E Asynchronous Interface for the PDP-8E.

March 25, 2014: "Old IBMer" Roy Carlson retired from IBM 25 plus years ago and recently donated his collection to RICM. Roy serviced mainframe computers in the 60's and donated tons of parts/memorabilia for things such as an IBM System 38. If you need a specialized Fuse, RICM can now supply it!
 
February 21, 2014: Richard Murphy donated a large selection of NOS DEC diodes.

February 11, 2014: Dan and Mike picked up Mike's new PDP-8e. Details are in the Large Systems Collection.

BMI Surplus donated a Systron Donner TL8-3 triple output laboratory power supply. This will be very useful for testing and repairing flip-chips.

January 26, 2014: There was a very nice article on the museum in today's Providence Journal newspaper.

January 19, 2014: We received a 556 BPI 7-track magnetic tape that was written on an IBM 729 tape transport connected to an IBM 1401 system at the Computer History Museum. We will use the tape to debug the TU20 Tape Transport and TC59 Magnetic Tape Controller connected to the PDP-9.

2013
November 28, 2013: Frank Hajdu dropped off three CDC AN/AYK-14 Airborne computers and a Compaq "suitcase" computer from the 80s.

November 21, 2013: Our friends from Belgium visited RICM today! They are starting a living computer history museum for Belgium. We wish them the best of luck and are happy to help them. They are holding one of RICM's Raspberry Pi's.

October 30, 2013: Jack Rubin donated an R303 Integrating One-Shot Flip-Chip for the PDP-9 restoration effort.

October 7, 2013: The PDP-11/23 from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory arrived. It came with lots of extra RL02 disk packs, spare boards, and documentation. It took just a few minutes to remove the transport fasteners in disk drives, and the system booted RT11 and then TSX on the first try.

August 25, 2013: Mary Hopper from the Digital Den computer museum visited today. Mary is an enthusiast for software and games starting up in Cambridge. They were happy to take some extra Apple IIc computers and Apple software. 

Mary Hopper & Mike Thompson

August 24, 2013: The RICM presented “Make your Own Video Game” workshop at the Warwick library For RI's Home Schoolers! RICM taught MIT’s Scratch Program an innovative and digitally-rich programming language for teens.

August 3, 2013: John Meza donated an NCR System 3300 PS and lots of software to go with it.

July 30, 2013: John W. Rogers donated two B310s, four B213s and a pair of B169 modules to our PDP-9 restoration effort. These spares will be really helpful.

July 13, 2013: My friend from Germany, Joachim Ebel (on the right) came for a visit today, and took home a VIC 20.
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July 5, 2013: Evan Koblentz and Jeff B. from the MARCH computer museum visited today. They have more enthusiasts for smaller systems while we like to restore the big iron, especially DEC systems. They were happy to take some extra Apple magazines and an Apple ///+ with them.

March 23, 2013 10:00AM: In recognition of Teen Tech Week, the RICM presented “Make your Own Video Game” workshop at the North Kingstown library. RICM taught MIT’s Scratch Program an innovative and digitally-rich programming language for teens.
 
March 9, 2013: In recognition of Teen Tech Week, the RICM presented “Make your Own Video Game” workshop at the Somerset library. RICM taught MIT’s Scratch Program an innovative and digitally-rich programming language for teens.
 
March 2, 2013: Bryan Bentz of Bentz Engineering, LLC Visited the museum. Bentz Engineering does software engineering with an emphasis on artificial intelligence, good user interface design, database systems, data mining/machine learning, and 3D visualization.They will be assisting in restoration of our MicroVax II.

February 16, 2013: RICM is pleased to announce our organization has been entered into the GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program database.

February 2, 2013: John Bartholomew donated a PDP-11 Assembly Language book and a selection of VAX programming manuals.

January 19, 2013: Donation of SGI O2 Computer from Blue Sky Studios.

January 9, 2013: The Rhode Island Computer Museum will present a free exhibit and public presentation on January 9, 2013, 6:30 PM at the North Kingstown Library on the “Business History of Early Computers”. The presentation aims to examine the impact of Wang Computers on Rhode Island in the context of historic preservation. The presentation is part of ongoing cooperation between the Rhode Island Computer Museum and the library. This project is made possible through funding support from the Rhode Island Council for Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the "National Endowment for the Humanities."

January 5, 2013: Stacey Kent of Exeter RI donates a Kaypro Microcomputer.

2012
December 1, 2012: Bruce Maier donated a DEC PDP-KA10 Control Panel that he used while operating the KA10 in Long Island NY. University.


December 2012: Dan, Mike, and Warren visited the MIT Museum and Warehouse. We got to see the last LINC system that was used in production, a very nice LINC-8, a Librascope LGP-30, parts of the Whirlwind and SAGE systems, and lots of very nice laboratory instruments.

November 10, 2012: Charles Lasner, a noted PDP-8 expert, visited the RICM.

November 9, 2012: Mereco donated an Intersystems DPS-1 S-100 bus computer with Lobo Diskette Chassis, a DEC VT52-NE terminal, a Zenith Z-19 Terminal, and a Texas Instrument Omni 800 printer. All are in excellent condition. After a few minutes of work we were able to get the DPS-1 to boot CP/M 2.2.

October 21, 2012: Mike visited the Computermuseum der Fakultät Informatik in Stuttgart Germany. They have a really great collection of demonstrable DEC PDP-8 systems, a running Librascope LGP-30 vacuum tube computer, HP 21 MX systems, an IBM 1130, working mechanical and Wang calculators, and many more systems. You really should visit if you have a chance.
 
October 20, 2012: Stephen Primost of Warwick, Rhode Island donated a rare Morrow Computer and a TEI kit computer.

August 25, 2012:  RICM took delivery of our new $49 Android Via APC! Come play with the APC!

August 14: David Getty donated a DEC PDP-8/S system that he used while he was a professor at Brown University.

August 9-10, 2012:  MIT museum curation staff visit for our first peer exchange. It was a fantastic experience and knowledge sharing event for our board.
 
August 4, 2012: J. Viktor Nahigian loaned the RICM a running Wang VS5000 system, and a Wang 2200 system.

August 3, 2012: Dan, Mike, and Warren dropped off a Symbolics 3630 and a Symbolics 3635 that are on loan to The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard University. While there, we had a chance to tour their collection of scientific instruments and see the Harvard Mark I - Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (IBM "ASCC").
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July 7, 2012: We took delivery of our new $35 Raspberry Pi! Come play with the Pi!

June 29, 2012: Patricia Campbell donated a HP200LX and HP38G.

June1-June 30, 2012: Visit our display at the North Kingstown Library on "Data Storage Collection"!

May 10, 2012: See our keypunch machine!

April 21, 2012: RICM Earth Day Recycling Event and Bazaar.

March 17, 2012: Dan and Warren were celebrating Saint Patrick's Day.

February 24, 2012: The Independent Newspaper visited and interviewed RICM staff.
The article is here: http://www.neindependent.com/articles/2012/03/01/local/doc4f4f9c4fad97a956746771.txt 

February 17, 2012: David Leary of Coventry RI donated 2 truck loads of misc microcomputers.

January 4, 2012: Daniel Leonard donated the CP/M and application diskettes for the Osborne Executive portable computer.

January 28, 2012: Lois Lopatin donated a Sharp 'lunchbox" PC 7000 portable computer.

2011
December 24, 2011: Daniel Leonard donated two Osborne Executive portable computers.
December 11, 2011: Chuck Levine and Jeff Rose visited the museum and donated a Lexitron 1200 System.
November 13, 2011: The Cray SV1ex-1 system from the Fort Motor Company was delivered. October 16, 2011: Norm Burger donated an 010 IBM keypunch and IBM 360/370 Control Panels.
September 24, 2011: Jud Leonard, Bryce Denny, and Wilson Snyder visited the museum and saw their signed framed CPU layout.
August 12, 2011: Ulrich N Fierz of Zurich Switzerland donated replacement keys for the PDP-8/L front panel.
July 16, 2011: Dr Douglas Lyons of Fairfield University donated software.
May 12, 2011: Jake Bishop of Floral Park NY donated a NCR system and an IBM RISC system. May 10, 2011: Vince Pavlicek donated a table top PDP-8/S, a rack mount PDP-8/S, an OMD8S data-break chassis, and spare flipchip modules.
May 5, 2011: Beth Arena of MA donated a Chadwick Magic Brain Calculator.
March 12, 2011: Holiday and Dave Collins of Dover, MA. donated a Commuter 1084 Computer.
Feb 19, 2011: Steve Sweet of Groton, CT donated a Mac Plus and a Commodore 64.
Feb 12, 2011: Dan and Mike drove to Pennsylvania to rescue a PDP-8S, an PDP-11/34, and a TC11/TU56 DECtape.

2010
July 24, 2010: Paula Stacey of RI donated a Kangaroo and a Next Computer..
July 20, 2010: University of Michigan donated an EAI 580.
June 28, 2010: Sheila Sullivan of NH donated an Osborne I.
June 26, 2010: A Dec Robin Computer was donated.
April 24, 2010: A Recycling Day--join us for the day!
February 5, 2010: A Sol Terminal Computer was donated.
Bob Dipippo of RI donated a Zenith 100 Home Computer.

Last Update: October 25, 2018
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Thanks for all of the great visits and donations that have happened so far in 2018. We hope to see you before 2018 powers down, but if you can't visit us this year we look forward to seeing you in 2019. The Rhode Island Computer Museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2019!

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