From predicting trajectories of artillery shells, bombs, and ballistic missiles to code breaking to atomic bomb design, the second World War provided more impetus for the development of computing machinery than any other event in human history. In this presentation by Dr. Brian Stuart, we will look at the convergence of a century of mathematical, mechanical, and electronic work to set the stage for the computer as we know it today.
On March 3rd, we get to experience a realtime “Surface Mount Soldering Demonstration” by Alan Hightower. These days, it’s getting harder to find the old through-hole components, like the ones we saw in the 1980’s. Projects often require that surface mount parts be used.
They are ubiquitous in modern computers, are found in some vintage computers and are often essential in new boards to support vintage computers. Alan will be demonstrating surface mount soldering techniques which you can use at home to get results much like the modern boards you see today. The presentation will include:
Whether you’re a DIY builder or a vintage computer enthusiast, you’re sure to be intrigued by seeing what goes on behind the curtain to make electronic boards today.
The meeting Saturday, February 4th looks to be lots of fun, with several members demonstrating software emulators which run on a modern hardware but simulate historic computers.
These will include:
While few of us can afford to own many vintage machines, the emulators are generally free, so we can all enjoy interacting with history this way. The presenters will do demos, talk a little about the emulators and represented machines and tell us how to get them.
One thing I found from preparing my part (UNIVAC), is that getting these running and doing interesting things isn‚t as easy as one might imagine. The folks presenting will give us the tips we need to have fun with these critters, easily. Should be a hoot!
Hope to see you there!