Living Computers: Museum + Labs

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Allen’s Living Computers: Museum + Labs celebrates the past of computing by bringing vintage systems to life and the present by allowing visitors to interact with cutting edge technology. New exhibits debut on November 18th. Through the museum website, users can set up a free online account and access vintage systems.

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to David Cameron, who passed away late last week. As our longtime engineer,...
10/01/2020

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to David Cameron, who passed away late last week. As our longtime engineer, one of Dave’s happiest places was sharing his love of computers with you.

We’ll never forget you, Dave.

As kids are back to school, check out our online extracurriculars, including great resources for learning from home! Eve...
09/21/2020

As kids are back to school, check out our online extracurriculars, including great resources for learning from home!

Even though we’re closed you can still learn to code, travel The Oregon Trail and even c***ect to a vintage computer from anywhere in the world here: https://bit.ly/2RKfrNY

The COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating effect on many cultural organizations, especially those that rely on public ga...
05/27/2020

The COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating effect on many cultural organizations, especially those that rely on public gatherings and special events to achieve their mission. Given so much uncertainty, we have made the very difficult decision to suspend all operations of Living Computers: Museum + Labs for now.

Since we opened, our philosophy has been simple. To understand computing technology, you need to experience that technology firsthand. The current global situation is making it difficult for us to serve our mission and we will spend the months ahead reassessing if, how, and when to reopen.

Thank you to our members, donors, community and corporate partners and our employees who have made Living Computers: Museum + Labs so special.

For more information, please visit livingcomputers.org.

  in 1961, Wes Clark began work on the LINC, aka the Laboratory Instrument Computer, at MIT's Lincoln Lab. Designed for ...
05/24/2020

in 1961, Wes Clark began work on the LINC, aka the Laboratory Instrument Computer, at MIT's Lincoln Lab.

Designed for laboratory use to be easy to program and maintain, the LINC is perhaps the only computer in history whose design was placed in the public domain! DEC manufactured many systems based on the LINC designs including the PDP-12, the third in the LINC family. The PDP-12 found applications in chemistry, applied psychology, patient monitoring, industrial testing and many other areas.

Pac-Man is celebrating its 40th birthday today! 🕹️ Originally released as 'Puck-Man,' the arcade classic took the world ...
05/22/2020

Pac-Man is celebrating its 40th birthday today! 🕹️

Originally released as 'Puck-Man,' the arcade classic took the world by storm with its simple rules, intuitive controls, and cute characters and is still widely known as the most successful coin-operated arcade machine ever.

Do you remember the first time you played?

Happy 3️⃣0️⃣th birthday Microsoft  ! 🃏 We’re celebrating with a very special Q&A video with Wes Cherry, who created Soli...
05/22/2020

Happy 3️⃣0️⃣th birthday Microsoft ! 🃏

We’re celebrating with a very special Q&A video with Wes Cherry, who created Solitaire as an intern at Microsoft in the late ‘80s!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ogWbomISP4

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of Windows 3.0 and with it, Microsoft Solitaire, we interviewed Wes Cherry. Wes created the original ve...

How fast can you beat a game of Microsoft Solitaire? The world record is 5️⃣(!!!) seconds! ⚡⚡ Our Museum Guide Alec went...
05/20/2020

How fast can you beat a game of Microsoft Solitaire? The world record is 5️⃣(!!!) seconds! ⚡⚡

Our Museum Guide Alec went back to the beginning to see how fast he could beat the game using the original Windows 3.0 version!

In this video from Living Computers: Museum + Labs, get to know a little about Microsoft Solitaire ahead of its 30th anniversary on Friday, May 22nd with som...

"It's fun to sit at a terminal and let the code flow. It sounds strange, but it just comes out of my brain; once I'm sta...
05/20/2020

"It's fun to sit at a terminal and let the code flow. It sounds strange, but it just comes out of my brain; once I'm started, I don't have to think about it."

Today we're celebrating microcomputer pioneer Gary Kildall on what would be his 78th birthday.

Profiles in Computing: Gary Kildall

There's a secret reason Solitaire was included with Windows 3.0 (it’s not just a ridiculously fun time-waster)... Do you...
05/19/2020

There's a secret reason Solitaire was included with Windows 3.0 (it’s not just a ridiculously fun time-waster)... Do you know what it is?

Hint: it has to do with the 🐭

Read all about the history of this ubiquitous computing device!

Five Things You Didn’t Know About the First Computer Mouse

Missed our Minecraft birthday celebrations on our servers? We put together a video recap of all the fun! 🎉🎂⛏️
05/19/2020

Missed our Minecraft birthday celebrations on our servers? We put together a video recap of all the fun! 🎉🎂⛏️

On May 17th we celebrated Minecraft's 11th birthday with creative builds and mini games on our Minecraft server https://mc.livingcomputers.org For more infor...

Part of the fun in Microsoft Solitaire is choosing your favorite card design!But did you know the original card back art...
05/18/2020

Part of the fun in Microsoft Solitaire is choosing your favorite card design!

But did you know the original card back art was designed by two women? 💁 🃏

➡️ Leslie Kooy, the then girlfriend of Solitaire creator and then-Microsoft intern Wes Cherry, did the Rainbow Shell, Haunted Castle, Beach, Hidden Ace, and Robot designs.
➡️ Legendary Apple and Microsoft Designer Susan Kare contributed a few of the others!

Which one is your favorite? ♣️♥️♠️♦️

We're celebrating the 3️⃣0️⃣th anniversary of the release of Windows 3.0 and with it, Microsoft Solitaire—perhaps the mo...
05/18/2020

We're celebrating the 3️⃣0️⃣th anniversary of the release of Windows 3.0 and with it, Microsoft Solitaire—perhaps the most-played computer game of all-time! ♠️♥️♣️♦️

Join us all week for Solitaire-themed content culminating on Friday, 5/22: National Solitaire Day! 📆

More info: https://bit.ly/3bJRfmq

More celebrations! Happy Birthday Ron Wayne!🥳 We all know about the contributions of the “two Steves,” Woz and Jobs, but...
05/17/2020

More celebrations! Happy Birthday Ron Wayne!🥳

We all know about the contributions of the “two Steves,” Woz and Jobs, but did you know Apple🍎 had a third founder as well?

Profiles in Computing: Ron Wayne

05/17/2020

Happy 1️⃣1️⃣th birthday, !

Join our servers and enjoy celebrations with fireworks starting at 12pm PT!🎆 🎇

Register now: https://mc.livingcomputers.org/

Ever wondered what it's like to create a museum exhibit? How about one dedicated to Minecraft?We spoke to our friends at...
05/16/2020

Ever wondered what it's like to create a museum exhibit? How about one dedicated to Minecraft?

We spoke to our friends at the Museum of Pop Culture about building a real-life Minecraft world as part of our birthday celebrations ⛏️🌳

Q&A with MoPOP Senior Curator Brooks Peck on Minecraft

Ready for our Minecraft birthday celebration this weekend?🎉 Get a preview of the themed world on our YouTube channel now...
05/15/2020

Ready for our Minecraft birthday celebration this weekend?🎉

Get a preview of the themed world on our YouTube channel now!

Join us on the Living Computer Museum + Labs' Minecraft Server mc.livingcomputers.org where we are hosting a special birthday celebration for Minecraft

Microsoft Solitaire--everyone's favorite anti-productivity software--turns the big 3️⃣0️⃣ next Friday! To celebrate, we'...
05/14/2020

Microsoft Solitaire--everyone's favorite anti-productivity software--turns the big 3️⃣0️⃣ next Friday! To celebrate, we're interviewing Wes Cherry, who created the world's most played computer game while an intern at MS in the late '80s! What should we ask him? ♣️ ♥️ ♠️ ♦️

Submit your questions below! ⬇️ And check back with us next week for new Solitaire content leading up to National Solitaire Day next Friday, 5/22!

The successor to the computer that sent the very 1️⃣st message over the ARPAnet, our Xerox Sigma 9️⃣ was once owned by a...
05/14/2020

The successor to the computer that sent the very 1️⃣st message over the ARPAnet, our Xerox Sigma 9️⃣ was once owned by a Tempe, Arizona medical billing business.

Connect to this restored mainframe via our free remote online systems today: https://bit.ly/2K5v4fb

How many of these 1️⃣1️⃣ Minecraft facts did you know?
05/13/2020

How many of these 1️⃣1️⃣ Minecraft facts did you know?

11 Fun Minecraft Facts for its 11th Birthday

📆  in 1️⃣9️⃣8️⃣0️⃣, DEC and Intel announced they were joining Xerox in pushing Ethernet as the industry standard in Loca...
05/13/2020

📆 in 1️⃣9️⃣8️⃣0️⃣, DEC and Intel announced they were joining Xerox in pushing Ethernet as the industry standard in Local Area Networking!

Xerox first developed this technology for their groundbreaking Alto computer system back in 1973!

The Seattle Seahawks, along with the rest of the NFL, recently participated in the first ever fully virtual   💻🏈 We spok...
05/12/2020

The Seattle Seahawks, along with the rest of the NFL, recently participated in the first ever fully virtual 💻🏈

We spoke with the team on how it kept its fans c***ected.

Q&A with Seattle Seahawks Vice President of Marketing Jeff Richards

Want to learn how to code but not sure where to get started? 👩‍💻👨‍💻Check out our How-To playlist on YouTube, which cover...
05/12/2020

Want to learn how to code but not sure where to get started? 👩‍💻👨‍💻

Check out our How-To playlist on YouTube, which covers everything from Scratch and Micro:bit to BASIC programming on our Remote Systems! https://bit.ly/2AfbNGJ

Guess what turns 1️⃣1️⃣ this weekend? That's right, it's Minecraft! We'll be having an all-day celebration on our server...
05/11/2020

Guess what turns 1️⃣1️⃣ this weekend? That's right, it's Minecraft!

We'll be having an all-day celebration on our servers this Sunday, May 17th. More details to come but for now, join up: https://mc.livingcomputers.org/ ⛏️🌲

📝Checked out our blog recently?We have lots of content for you to enjoy! From restoration updates to behind-the-scenes l...
05/11/2020

📝Checked out our blog recently?

We have lots of content for you to enjoy! From restoration updates to behind-the-scenes looks, tour previews, and more.

What would you like to see us cover?

Living Computers: Museum + Labs in Seattle showcases a collection of machines renovated by dedicated team of engineers & made available for visitor interaction.

Happy Mother's Day! ❤️ In honor of the video calls we'll be making to our mothers this weekend, Museum Guide Erin turns ...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day! ❤️

In honor of the video calls we'll be making to our mothers this weekend, Museum Guide Erin turns back the clock to what might be the very first video-conference--Douglas Englebart's "Mother of All Demos"

The Mother of All Video Conferences

Learning to code is an integral know-how in computer science, but which language provided a strong influence? Museum Gui...
05/09/2020

Learning to code is an integral know-how in computer science, but which language provided a strong influence?

Museum Guide James highlights 5️⃣ ways BASIC made an impact!

Read here: https://bit.ly/3fB5sFI

A massive thank you to everyone who took part in   this year and helped raise nearly $2️⃣0️⃣ million for Washington stat...
05/08/2020

A massive thank you to everyone who took part in this year and helped raise nearly $2️⃣0️⃣ million for Washington state nonprofits, including ! ⁣👏👏
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Your support helps us offer unparalleled access to computer science learning for enthusiasts of all ages. Thank you again for donating and we're excited to see you back at the museum when it’s safe and healthy to do so, or online through our remote resources.

Internet-c***ected devices are commonplace in many homes these days 💡🌡️  But what does the development of "Internet of T...
05/08/2020

Internet-c***ected devices are commonplace in many homes these days 💡🌡️

But what does the development of "Internet of Things" mean for the future? Museum Guide Justin examines this through the lens of our Workshop, powered by Comcast.

What's your most useful piece of IoT tech?

Making the Home a Machine for Living: The Future of Smart Homes and Cities

Recently, teachers everywhere have risen to the challenge of virtual learning to support their students 💻 From everyone ...
05/07/2020

Recently, teachers everywhere have risen to the challenge of virtual learning to support their students 💻

From everyone at , we want to extend our thanks for having the determination to log on and keep going. 👨‍🏫👩‍🏫

A Message of Support to our Educators from Living Computers

With only 4️⃣ machines thought to be left in the world, we look back at what it took to restore Unix v0 on  ' DEC PDP-7🤯
05/07/2020

With only 4️⃣ machines thought to be left in the world, we look back at what it took to restore Unix v0 on ' DEC PDP-7🤯

Restoring UNIX v0 on a PDP-7: A look behind the scenes

What do you ❤️ most about  ? Educators who have visited us would definitely say it's the field trips 🙌   continues: http...
05/06/2020

What do you ❤️ most about ?

Educators who have visited us would definitely say it's the field trips 🙌

continues: http://bit.ly/3c80vSB

📨 If you have an email address, it’s guaranteed that you’ve had spam fill up your inbox. But where did the spam email or...
05/06/2020

📨 If you have an email address, it’s guaranteed that you’ve had spam fill up your inbox. But where did the spam email originate from? 🤔

📆 We look at the history of spam in our latest blog: https://bit.ly/2zIxqig

It's   Day! 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫 Share the gift of a FREE   Educator Membership with a teacher you know today and a massive thank you ...
05/05/2020

It's Day! 👩‍🏫👨‍🏫

Share the gift of a FREE Educator Membership with a teacher you know today and a massive thank you to all educators for everything you do!

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2ImJN4t

Living Computers: Museum + Labs in Seattle showcases a collection of machines renovated by dedicated team of engineers & made available for visitor interaction.

  starts today! 🙌🙌 Show your support for Living Computers and our dedication to providing computer sciences to students ...
05/05/2020

starts today! 🙌🙌

Show your support for Living Computers and our dedication to providing computer sciences to students of all backgrounds and experience levels.

Donate now: https://bit.ly/3c80vSB

Haven't you heard? BASIC isn't basic! 🎛️ Learn about the challenges of how we adapted it from one mainframe to another: ...
05/04/2020

Haven't you heard? BASIC isn't basic! 🎛️

Learn about the challenges of how we adapted it from one mainframe to another: https://bit.ly/2VSH1vy

This year,   is participating in  ! Your support helps us power the next generation of computer enthusiasts: https://bit...
05/04/2020

This year, is participating in !

Your support helps us power the next generation of computer enthusiasts: https://bit.ly/2YnME6A 👩‍💻👨‍💻

What are the most interesting ways you've used  ? As a programming language designed for educational use, Museum Guide A...
05/02/2020

What are the most interesting ways you've used ?

As a programming language designed for educational use, Museum Guide Alec shares how he worked to recreate Solitaire on Apple ][ BASIC ♣️ ♠️ ♥️ ♦️

Check it out: https://bit.ly/2VSH1vy

Did you know BASIC was written with an emphasis on ease-of-use. Its syntax closely resembles English, making it a handy ...
05/02/2020

Did you know BASIC was written with an emphasis on ease-of-use.

Its syntax closely resembles English, making it a handy entry point for beginner coders. This coding language was the inspiration for Microsoft's 1️⃣st software.

Read here: https://bit.ly/2Yayt4u

Not sure where to get started with  ? Our education team put together a guide on learning the basics of BASIC on a real ...
05/02/2020

Not sure where to get started with ?

Our education team put together a guide on learning the basics of BASIC on a real mainframe computer!

Get started here: https://bit.ly/2KTvtlw 📼

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Please come back soon. We miss you. ☹️🙂😷
We wish you reopen!

Is sad you are close!
When are you going reopen?
I donated the archive of my game development career to your museum. I was told I could access it.
I am rebooting my game ChipWits and need access to my collection to scan old reviews and dev documents.
When can I visit to work with my archive?
Doug Sharp
Hi All. I would like to get on the VAX machine, but I do not have a login account, and do not find any guidance anymore about how to get one. (I had one before a long time ago but not sure how to find it either.)
Any help?
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A few minutes ago, I realized that while I prepared two operating systems for use on the CDC 6500, I didn't think to build a deadstart tape for the very first 6000 Series OS - the Chippewa Operating System.

Originally written as a tool for use in testing their success at building the very first 6600, it quickly got pushed into service as the first usable OS for the machine. A planned "super OS" ran into problems, and was ultimately shelved. Chippewa ended morphing one direction into SCOPE, another direction into MACE, and then in turn, MACE morphed into KRONOS, which in turn became NOS.

Bygones, as Fish would say.
I hope you will be able to reopen. What you do is wonderful
Part of what made The Oregon Trail so engaging was because it gamified a well-known history movement! Designed to be beaten in around 30 minutes (or less if you die of dysentery sooner!) it was the perfect for a short fun session in your Elementary School computer lab! What is your most memorable experience playing this game in school? (Image from the Living Computers: Museum + Labs in Seattle, WA)
DONATION APPRECIATION: original apple 2 software and box... Windows 3.1 on floppy install.. Zip disk art school flashbacks going out in the floppy bulk BIN! Tell your Living Computers: Museum + Labs friends!
Are there any ASR-33 experts here? Trying to figure out how to remove the data set (modem) from the base. It slides out several inches on the rails, hits a hard stop, and I can find no catch release it. No information in the manuals. Thanks!
# Paul Allen own's the Cinerama also close