What's On

HOURS: The Warehouse museum is open by appointment. However, we are usually at the Lab Saturdays between 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM and Sundays between 1:30 PM- 4:00 PM. Stop by the lab first and let us know if you want to see the collection in the Warehouse.


RICM Neon

April 24, 2021

Emillio picked up a very nice DEC AlphaServer 1200 from Chuck Bradley.

March 13, 2021

John Hayes donated an IBM Powerstation 320, spare boards, a DAT tape drive, 16" monitor, keyboard, mouse, manuals, cables, and a new battery.

December 23, 2020

BMI Surplus in Hanover, Ma donated a Panasonic Toughbook laptop, a Minicom IV terminal, two Fat Shark Dominator HD3 FPV Goggles, two Fat Shark Attitude V4 Goggles, and a selection of miniature cameras

August 13, 2020: Andy and Sue Galt from Dover NH donated two SuperBrain computers today along with other components and manuals. The SuperBrain was a CPM machine build by Intertec Data Systems and was used by the IRS in Andover MA. Thanks guys for the delivery.

In 2019, the Rhode Island Computer Museum is celebrating our 20th anniversary! Come visit us at our new Learning Lab and help us celebrate. WCVB Chronicle visited us recently--check out the video below for a sneak preview of what you'll find when you come see us!

August 12, 2020: David Brewster from Cape Cod MA donated his father's estate collection of computer memorabilia and games. We picked up 26 boxes of various things including this Burroughs B 6700 Face Panel. Thank you David for the interesting collection.

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August 4, 2020: Wendy Kaiser donated the following and had it delivered from California, The RICM received a crate full of DEC equipment. An 11/23 with two RL02 drives, two VT-100s, a LA-100, documentation, and lots of RL02 packs for RSX-11M. The system has been well cared for and should be easy to get running again.

August 1, 2020: nVent donated a PACE PPS-85A solder rework station. This will be really useful for repairing and maintaining our vintage computers.

July 24, 2020: We received a second MITS Altair donation this week. It was kit built, but the workmanship is very nice. It came with a Micropolis 5 1/4" floppy drive and controller. This floppy uses 16 hard sectors and 77 tracks at 100TPI and was made before the 96TPI soft sectored diskette became the industry standard.

June 18, 2020: William B. Paradis donated a DEC VAX 11/750, a Wang VS5, A Wang Professional Computer, and lots of software and documentation.

June 14, 2020: Don Koch stopped by today and dropped off a donation today. A beautiful Convergent Technologies (Burroughs B25) and is in great shape for its age. Don also dropped off several other interesting item.

June 13, 2019: Anne Pilvines of Massachusetts donated two KIM-1 systems and a mini-van filled with old equipment such as Grid pads, Osborn, Kaypro, and Compaq portables.

April 30, 2020: New Draft Bylaws are now available for review.

Please reply with any comments you may have to rwturner267@gmail.com or

dan@ricomputermuseum.org by May 30, 2020. Draft Bylaws


November 18, 2019: Bob Bailey of Dartmouth MA donated this beautiful Apple EMAC. The EMAC was the school version of the IMAC and much more durable for school use.


October 13, 2019: New friends from New York City drove up today to see the collection and talk STEM training, Ivan Hostuik and his parents our museum and even got to see Beavertail Lighthouse to boot.

September 25, 2019: Our friends from Switzerland, Thomas and Andree Riesen visited RICM today! They have a small private museum in Thun and organized the first vintage computer festival in Bernese . We wish them the best of luck and are happy to help them. Keep those Swiss Chocolates coming!

September 7, 2019: Our Danish visitors had a chance to play Spacewar on the PDP-12.

May 14, 2019: The Marie Philip School from Framingham, Massachusetts visited today. The school serves Deaf students who use American Sign Language and they brought two interpreters to help with our spoken tours and demonstrations. Of course, no high school student needs any help when it comes to our Video Game Collection!

April 23, 2019: Anders Sandahl donated a DEC G882 FlipChip to replace the missing one in the TC02 DECtape controller in the PDP-9.

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March 30, 2019: John Coccio donated this beautiful Bell System IIRC Model 551 Telephone Switchboard. It appears to have come from a hotel or resort and is in great shape for its age.

February 16, 2019: Victor dropped off 2x DEC DF32s, 3x DEC DS32, a TU55, and 2x DEC 12-bit AD Converters. We are not sure what model the AD Converters are, but probably they are AD08.

2018

December 19, 2018: IBM in Rochester, MN donated a S/390 Integrated Server 3006, and AS/400 and matrix printer, a 3777-3 Communications Terminal and line printer.

December 9, 2018: John Wilson visited again, this time to drop off lots of DEC PDP-8, PDP-10, and PDP-11 equipment. This computer from Belmont, Massachusetts was named “SID”: System Is Down! Visit our Facebook page to view the full tech specs of this computer. On February 16, 2019 John dropped off two Data General Dasher terminals.

November Old Bit Meeting

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!