The most appealing aspect of [Allen’s] PDPplanet.com [computer history website] is live Telnet access to machines in Allen's personal collection -- click the "community" link to register for an account. The PDP-10 systems are the same kind that powered the original ARPANET; they reside in a Seattle warehouse and the restoration stories, along with technical tips, are fully documented on the site. The site also contains user stories, an image gallery, a history timeline, and discussion forums.
PDPplanet.com will eventually expand to cover Vax systems as well, but it is not Allen's first foray into the vintage computing hobby. In October 2004 he announced funding for the Microcomputer Gallery, currently under construction at the Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Museum of Natural History & Science. For more general science history buffs, Allen also sponsors the Flying Heritage collection of World War II aircraft located in Arlington, Washington, and the Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame, co-located with Seattle's Experience Music Project.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end. The last recorders were sold in 2002. ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge]
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