*** Ideas needed for developing interactive displays....

From: ed sharpe <esharpe_at_uswest.net>
Date: Tue Sep 7 09:36:23 2004

Jules, yes a large hard drive seeing would be very interesting. Thought
of doing that with one of the old monster drives but seem to have problem
finding something nice with the glass lid on it. It would be a trick to keep
it running too.. I remember the 20 meg iss drive with the hp 2883 label on
it.... the size of a washing machine but all glassed in top... lots of
power lots of heat......
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jules Richardson" <julesrichardsonuk_at_yahoo.co.uk>
To: "ed sharpe" <esharpe_at_uswest.net>; "General Discussion: On-Topic and
Off-Topic Posts" <cctalk_at_classiccmp.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 07, 2004 3:08 AM
Subject: Re: *** Ideas needed for developing interactive displays....

> On Mon, 2004-09-06 at 21:03 -0700, ed sharpe wrote:
>> Most of our displays here at the museum are pretty static.....
>> we are looking for ideas on introducing some interactive component...
>> ideas
>> folks?
> Well we've got a punched card machine, comptometers, and the 11/34
> hooked up to a tape punch which people can use. Plus (nearly) all the 8
> bit machines run at weekends for people to use, along with a good
> portion of the larger iron. (suprisingly, my fears when I first started
> there that the machines would get hammered into oblivion has been
> unfounded; the public actually take great care with them)
> We've got the Domesday setup running (usually, I'm having a bit of a
> reorganise at the mo so it's in bits) which is always popular, plus
> we've got a nixie tube counter hooked up to the doorway to count
> visitors and people love staring at that :-)
> If space ever permits I still plan to put up a large 'image wall' driven
> by 80's technology.
> I was also pondering having a hard disk with a perspex lid coupled to a
> display and keypad so that people can make it seek (along with some sort
> of "anatomy of a hard disk" info)
> And if we ever get our big plotter going, there's code around to convert
> a raster image to a plot - hooked up to a video camera we could produce
> huge plots of people for a fee (until we run out of plotter paper :)
> We've also got a couple of 11/84's coming in with a huge radar display
> attached, I'm sure we can do something interactive with that.
> (plus there's mini-projects in the pipeline like getting the weather
> satellite receiver and teletext unit working with the Acorn BBC so that
> people can play with those...)
> Of course the usual problem is lack of space. We badly need different
> premises that have more room. Unfortunately the government here doesn't
> give a damn about heritage/history and so they won't make any money or
> premises available. If anyone knows of a large empty building in the
> centre of the UK that we can just have, let me know :-)
> cheers,
> Jules
Received on Tue Sep 07 2004 - 09:36:23 BST

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