Computer History Displays

By Bob Doran

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Computer History Displays

Project 2014-04-02 21:20:01 +1300

The Computer Science Department at The University of Auckland maintains displays on the history of computing that are open for public viewing. This is not an activity that a University would normally fund out of its budget, which is for teaching and research. Right now we have the opportunity to mount a display of engineering Computer Aided Design terminals from the 1980s - these were expensive machines that were required before Computer Graphics became commonplace. This is a typical display station of the era:

CAD Display Terminal

The new display will show an IBM 5080 work station set up as it was in use - there will also be other terminals in the display. We need to have a cabinet built to display and protect these items but have no funds to spare at present, hence this first attempt at crowdfunding.  You may visit our displays at any time - some of our other displays are described here, but there is lot more to see. Or, some pledges will be rewarded with an invitation to a guided tour.

 

 

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Updates 5

Display Completed

29/07/2014 at 7:47 PM

Hi,

I thought that I would let you all know that the display has been completed to the standard that I had planned. I am off for a break in warmer climes but when I return I will be in contact with all who requested tours to make arrangements. We are also thinking of having a little ceremony for the display's completion to which you will be invited. Probably in September.

A few words on how the funding was spent. The total expenditure on the display was $2697. Nett funds from PledgeMe amounted to $2309. However, some expenses have been met by the University, so $118 pledged is still unspent. Looking at the display it would seem prudent to put a cover on top of the plotter so that will take up all that was pledged (and a bit more from TradeMe sales.)

Thanks for your generous assistance. This will be the final PledgeMe update - I will send emails about the tours etc to you directly.

Bob

Completed CAD Display

Progress

08/06/2014 at 10:08 PM

Just a quick update to let you know that you are not forgotten. The heavy items have been installed. The next step is to have the acrylic covers made. And, the hard part for me, writing the display description to go on the wall above the plotter. The 5080 was released in 1984 - seems to have been a pivotal year for computing history.

We made it!

01/05/2014 at 2:39 PM

We reached our goal today. This was possible because we have made $655 from selling on TradeMe surplus and duplicate items from our collection. Pledges totalled $2550. It would have been a harder slog were it not for our generous benefactor but thanks to all who contributed or made pledges. I will get back to you individually later when PledgeMe provides the details. 

Over three quarters there!

19/04/2014 at 9:29 PM

You will see that we are now at $2,260 so there is less than one quarter to go! This is close and we are so confident that the goal will be met that we have gone ahead and ordered the furniture.

As well as the IBM 5080 there will be other items on display. These include a large HP plotter:

HP Plotter

And Tektronics "green flash" storage display terminal:

Tektronix Terminal

The description will explain the problem of memory cost with raster graphics and how vector graphics was more feasible to start with. The Tektronics display actually stored the image on its screen - unfortunately parts of the image were not erasable - this required the whole screen to be cleared with the "green flash."

Half way after the first week!

13/04/2014 at 4:46 PM

You will notice that the amount pledged is close to half the total. I am selling off duplicate and spare items from the department cupboards and have raised another $200, so we are definitely half way there. You will also notice that the average pledge seems high - this is because we received a very generous donation from an anonymous donor. This makes me confident that we will meet our goal.

But there is still a long way to go. I had no idea that this crowd-funding involved so much work!

Anyway, here are some more details of what is intended. We have space in the 5th floor lobby of "our' building. It will allow a display more than 2m wide. The original IBM 5080 workstation looked like this when used at Mechanical Engineering:

The idea is to put the 5080 on a desk with its controls much like in the photo. We will also pack in the processors, an RS6000, and a Tektronix display. Something like:

Display Concept

A bit rough, but I have quotes on detailed plans for the furniture, which comes to about $1000 by itself, without cases.

More next week.

    Pledgers 29

    Anonymous pledger
    2014-05-01 10:40:06 +1200
    Emile Sattler
    2014-04-29 01:57:50 +1200
    Andrew Trotman
    2014-04-24 16:32:59 +1200
    John Hosking
    2014-04-24 10:57:45 +1200
    Marcus Radich
    2014-04-20 13:55:15 +1200
    Lloyd Thomas
    2014-04-18 16:47:39 +1200
    JohnThornley
    2014-04-17 11:13:42 +1200
    Russell Real_Name_when_your_TOS_link_works
    2014-04-17 01:53:06 +1200
    Institute of IT Professionals NZ
    2014-04-16 23:57:33 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-04-16 16:41:55 +1200
    Ken Mardle
    2014-04-16 15:04:50 +1200
    Helen Booth
    2014-04-16 12:22:48 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-04-15 13:35:14 +1200
    Michael Porter
    2014-04-15 11:41:32 +1200
    Philip Sallis
    2014-04-15 09:49:32 +1200
    Doug Wilson
    2014-04-15 06:57:13 +1200
    Keith Salmon
    2014-04-14 20:50:50 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-04-12 20:21:38 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-04-12 16:12:34 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-04-11 22:31:51 +1200
    Barry G Blundell
    2014-04-10 22:03:42 +1200
    Jairo A. Gutierrez
    2014-04-10 10:39:47 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2014-04-09 23:30:05 +1200
    James Duncan
    2014-04-09 15:33:44 +1200
    Beryl
    2014-04-09 11:53:41 +1200
    Sina Masoud-Ansari
    2014-04-09 10:14:19 +1200
    Sonya
    2014-04-09 08:04:52 +1200
    Alexei Drummond
    2014-04-09 04:55:34 +1200
    Andrew Coyle
    2014-04-07 16:31:05 +1200

    Computer History Displays

    Project 2014-04-02 21:20:01 +1300

    The Computer Science Department at The University of Auckland maintains displays on the history of computing that are open for public viewing. This is not an activity that a University would normally fund out of its budget, which is for teaching and research. Right now we have the opportunity to mount a display of engineering Computer Aided Design terminals from the 1980s - these were expensive machines that were required before Computer Graphics became commonplace. This is a typical display station of the era:

    CAD Display Terminal

    The new display will show an IBM 5080 work station set up as it was in use - there will also be other terminals in the display. We need to have a cabinet built to display and protect these items but have no funds to spare at present, hence this first attempt at crowdfunding.  You may visit our displays at any time - some of our other displays are described here, but there is lot more to see. Or, some pledges will be rewarded with an invitation to a guided tour.

     

     

    Comments

    Display Completed

    29/07/2014 at 7:47 PM

    Hi,

    I thought that I would let you all know that the display has been completed to the standard that I had planned. I am off for a break in warmer climes but when I return I will be in contact with all who requested tours to make arrangements. We are also thinking of having a little ceremony for the display's completion to which you will be invited. Probably in September.

    A few words on how the funding was spent. The total expenditure on the display was $2697. Nett funds from PledgeMe amounted to $2309. However, some expenses have been met by the University, so $118 pledged is still unspent. Looking at the display it would seem prudent to put a cover on top of the plotter so that will take up all that was pledged (and a bit more from TradeMe sales.)

    Thanks for your generous assistance. This will be the final PledgeMe update - I will send emails about the tours etc to you directly.

    Bob

    Completed CAD Display

    Progress

    08/06/2014 at 10:08 PM

    Just a quick update to let you know that you are not forgotten. The heavy items have been installed. The next step is to have the acrylic covers made. And, the hard part for me, writing the display description to go on the wall above the plotter. The 5080 was released in 1984 - seems to have been a pivotal year for computing history.

    We made it!

    01/05/2014 at 2:39 PM

    We reached our goal today. This was possible because we have made $655 from selling on TradeMe surplus and duplicate items from our collection. Pledges totalled $2550. It would have been a harder slog were it not for our generous benefactor but thanks to all who contributed or made pledges. I will get back to you individually later when PledgeMe provides the details. 

    Over three quarters there!

    19/04/2014 at 9:29 PM

    You will see that we are now at $2,260 so there is less than one quarter to go! This is close and we are so confident that the goal will be met that we have gone ahead and ordered the furniture.

    As well as the IBM 5080 there will be other items on display. These include a large HP plotter:

    HP Plotter

    And Tektronics "green flash" storage display terminal:

    Tektronix Terminal

    The description will explain the problem of memory cost with raster graphics and how vector graphics was more feasible to start with. The Tektronics display actually stored the image on its screen - unfortunately parts of the image were not erasable - this required the whole screen to be cleared with the "green flash."

    Half way after the first week!

    13/04/2014 at 4:46 PM

    You will notice that the amount pledged is close to half the total. I am selling off duplicate and spare items from the department cupboards and have raised another $200, so we are definitely half way there. You will also notice that the average pledge seems high - this is because we received a very generous donation from an anonymous donor. This makes me confident that we will meet our goal.

    But there is still a long way to go. I had no idea that this crowd-funding involved so much work!

    Anyway, here are some more details of what is intended. We have space in the 5th floor lobby of "our' building. It will allow a display more than 2m wide. The original IBM 5080 workstation looked like this when used at Mechanical Engineering:

    The idea is to put the 5080 on a desk with its controls much like in the photo. We will also pack in the processors, an RS6000, and a Tektronix display. Something like:

    Display Concept

    A bit rough, but I have quotes on detailed plans for the furniture, which comes to about $1000 by itself, without cases.

    More next week.

      Anonymous pledger
      2014-05-01 10:40:06 +1200
      Emile Sattler
      2014-04-29 01:57:50 +1200
      Andrew Trotman
      2014-04-24 16:32:59 +1200
      John Hosking
      2014-04-24 10:57:45 +1200
      Marcus Radich
      2014-04-20 13:55:15 +1200
      Lloyd Thomas
      2014-04-18 16:47:39 +1200
      JohnThornley
      2014-04-17 11:13:42 +1200
      Russell Real_Name_when_your_TOS_link_works
      2014-04-17 01:53:06 +1200
      Institute of IT Professionals NZ
      2014-04-16 23:57:33 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-04-16 16:41:55 +1200
      Ken Mardle
      2014-04-16 15:04:50 +1200
      Helen Booth
      2014-04-16 12:22:48 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-04-15 13:35:14 +1200
      Michael Porter
      2014-04-15 11:41:32 +1200
      Philip Sallis
      2014-04-15 09:49:32 +1200
      Doug Wilson
      2014-04-15 06:57:13 +1200
      Keith Salmon
      2014-04-14 20:50:50 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-04-12 20:21:38 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-04-12 16:12:34 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-04-11 22:31:51 +1200
      Barry G Blundell
      2014-04-10 22:03:42 +1200
      Jairo A. Gutierrez
      2014-04-10 10:39:47 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2014-04-09 23:30:05 +1200
      James Duncan
      2014-04-09 15:33:44 +1200
      Beryl
      2014-04-09 11:53:41 +1200
      Sina Masoud-Ansari
      2014-04-09 10:14:19 +1200
      Sonya
      2014-04-09 08:04:52 +1200
      Alexei Drummond
      2014-04-09 04:55:34 +1200
      Andrew Coyle
      2014-04-07 16:31:05 +1200
      This campaign was successful and got its funding on 01/05/2014 at 10:40 AM.