Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Digital Equipment Corporation

Recently I came across a Facebook group for Digital Equipment Corporation with a surprising number of members (6125 as of this posting). I'm constantly meeting folks who have worked for DEC at some point in their careers. The majority of them say it was the best place they had ever worked.  I spent about 13 years in Westminster working as a technician. I started in July 1973, testing timing boards for the 11/45 (the TIG board). Later on to other New Hampshire sites in Nashua and Merrimack.

Like others, I transitioned into Compaq and then to HP and took the final early retirement. But I'm still in the industry for a startup company.

I decided to post a few photos of the DEC years for the Facebook community and anyone else that was lucky enough to work for this company in the Ken Olson days.

Studio shot of the 11/60
I'm on the left in my Morris attire
In the final days of DEC, it was common practice to pose in front of the corporate sign


We got buttons galore
SWAG from a tradeshow (not the Martini)
How many people have ever done wirewrapping? Or worse put a ECO in a backplane?

Famous suicide kit given as SWAG at a meeting
A knife to do the deed, a pen and paper to write the note

Westminster Plant - August 2012

Westminister - August 2012

PDP 11/45
Westminster - August 2012
I miss the great rock garden that used to grace the front entrance
Currently SimplexGrinnell facility

my first course ever on computer circuit logic
It was too new for school
Remember J-K flip flops?
Mugs we all get



When heads crash

Think small


When I finally said goodbye to the big companies in August of 2012 at the Old Mill in Westminster, MA
Seemed fitting

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