About old mainframes and the end of an era.

From: Kevin Stumpf/Unusual Systems <kstumpf_at_unusual.on.ca>
Date: Thu Jul 29 06:31:30 1999

Some of you might know about the huge, famous, and
yes, beautiful RED ROOM in the Math and Computing
building at the University of Waterloo.

Well, it's gone. The end of an era. Since class numbers
are increasing and server/host/mainframe sizes are
decreasing, the Red Room is being converted into
many classrooms.

For those who never experienced the Red Room it was
a 2-storey open space in the middle of the building. The
2 floors were extra high. The sound damping walls
and false floor tiles were matching orangish red. The
walls of the second floor were huge sheets of sound
damping glass - like an observation deck. Looking
down into that room motivated many a teenager to
enter the field of computer science or engineering.

Please visit: ist.uwaterloo.ca/cs/redroom for many
wonderful photographs.

Yours in good faith.
Kevin Stumpf * Unusual systems * www.unusual.on.ca
+1.519.744.2900 * EST/EDT GMT - 5

Collector - Commercial Mainframes & Minicomputers from
 the 50s, 60s, & 70s and control panels and consoles.

Author & Publisher - A Guide to Collecting Computers &
Computer Collectibles * ISBN 0-9684244-0-6
Received on Thu Jul 29 1999 - 06:31:30 BST

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