Letter from Paul G. Allen
It is possible that no other technology on earth has so continually renewed itself as computer technology. Advances in this field arrive in such swift succession that even the software and hardware of a few seasons ago are considered obsolete. The decades-old computers and software in this collection, therefore, are truly worthy of our preservation and study – both for the cutting-edge innovations of their day as well as for their historical significance.
The Living Computer Museum also fulfills my hope that the achievements of early computer engineers aren't lost to time. I wanted to provide a website and repository that recognized the efforts of those creative engineers who made some of the early breakthroughs in interactive computing that changed the world.
I hope you enjoy learning more about these remarkable machines. I certainly had a ball using them in their heyday – from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. During that period almost all Microsoft development was done on these platforms.
Calendar of Events
Fishackathon!April 22nd - 24th, Follow link for times
Fishackathon Seattle is one of 41 simultaneous hackathons taking place worldwide, coordinated by the U.S. Department of State in an effort to inspire tech solutions to our global fishery challenges. Participants will be asked to hack on one of nine challenges related to sustainable fishing, which will be unveiled that evening. Teams can also choose a challenge of their own design.
The Seattle hackathon will take place on April 22-24 at Impact Hub Seattle (220 2nd Ave. S.). It is free and open to the public.
This event is sponsored by Microsoft and Vulcan Inc., with organizational support from the City of Seattle and Open Seattle. Additional in-kind support comes from Smart Catch, the Living Computer Museum and the Seattle Aquarium. The menu for the opening reception on Friday will be created by Ethan Stowell Restaurants. Also, each participant will receive a free .US domain.
For more information, please visit http://www.fishackathon.co/seattle/.
Movie Night: "Digital Memory Gatekeepers"May 5th, 6:15-7:15 pm
What happens to our cultural knowledge when digital scans replace physical books and records? Join us for Digital Memory Gatekeepers
, a film that ponders the future of our digital memories, including the complex issues of security, reliability, and permanence.
* Free museum admission 5 - 8 pm
* Free movie admission
* Free popcorn & refreshments
* Free parking
Reserved seating will not be held past 6:15 pm. RSVPs close at 12 pm on May 5th.
*This film is not rated. Parental discretion is advised.
This is the last film in the Winter/Spring Series! The Summer Series schedule will be released on April 15th in our Spring Newsletter. Click here
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Assembled by Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen, the Living Computer Museum collection presents the meaningful milestones in the evolution of computers. Our vintage computers are restored to working condition, so visitors can interact with them in a variety of ways. More
Interact with the machines of yesterday, including several models of the PDP-10 family, the TOAD-1, Xerox Sigma 9, and the unique CDC 6500 supercomputer. More