The Retro-Computing Society
The Retro-Computing Society of Rhode Island, Inc. exists to further the preservation of historic computers and to increase the awareness of the history of computers and their development. One of our primary goals is to restore historical systems to operational condition. We currently function as a users' group for those with an interest in vintage computer hardware systems and software.
We started a library section on the web site today, with scanned manuals from our physical library.
One of our members writes about the Honeywell 6080 mainframe that was used by NORAD to compute the orbits of satellites in the 1970s. The FORTRAN IV code generated orbital elements that were stored on punch cards.
We hold an open house on the third Saturday of every month.
Our next open house will be November 21st.
We are resuming our monthly public open house schedule under strict social distancing guidelines. Visitors are expected to wear masks at all times and we will limit the number of people in our space to 10 visitors at any given time.
We ran a 1998 copy of the Satellite Tool Kit v4.0 software on a vintage Unix workstation in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station.
We powered on the Symbolics 3630 lisp machine, and confirmed that the hardware works, and an operating system is installed. This will be a good machine to explore the lisp machine environment further in the future.