The ICT 1301 Resurrection Project.
*** The Public Open Day.***
*** July 15th 2007 ***
Frank about to power flossie up !
2007 Open Day Summary !
The first thing was to see if flossie was going to work at all today ?
and 'yes' she did. The demo program was loaded from the drum and ran first
time ( well almost ! )
Whilst the machine ran in the background, it was the usual panic to set
up the small Gazebo for the helpers and the signs pointing to the event.
The first visitors started poking thier heads around the door at about 09:20
and we were off!.
Help this year was from Stuart Fyfe and Morgan, also my wife
and Frank who have helped in the past. Stuart had driven a long way to
be with us today and it was nice to see him with Flossie again, for Stuart
was a member of the Galdor group who owned flossie after her working years
in the University of London. By taking sessions of about an hour and a half
each, we demonstrated flossie to about 240 visitors. ( this is an estimate
as this year, as we have no firm count ) Groups collected under the gazebo and
each group had about 12 min to listen to the story of flossies early life,
then experience the Demo running on over six of our now working devices.
At least two mag tape units, the card reader, the card punch, the printer
and also the paper tape reader. These were joined by a third mag tape unit
as the temperature in the room allowed. The day was quite warm without any
direct sunlight but we had to be carefull not to let flossie get too hot.
As it transpired it was the heat that gave all of the rest of us the biggest
problem, as it started to get too hot for the visitors. An attempt at
opening as many doors and windows as possible did limit the temperature, but
it was not till the day closed that the coolness of the evening stopped a
worry about the machine failing.
As usual the response from the public was great, from those who had experienced
such machines from over fourty years ago to the youngest, who just goggled
at the sheer size of the machine, but enjoyed the sound of all the devices
working together. And that I have to say is quite a ' Big Sound ' .
Another group of visitors moving in for the demo.
A comments and contact book was provided by Stuart,
and although we only had a few entries, all were quite glowing about
the display and the demo.
So will we do this again? the answer, is a
firm and definitive YES !
A big THANK YOU goes out to all our helpers on the day! including Stuart
Fyfe, Morgan and our helper of the day had to be Frank. Seen at the top
of this page starting the computer !
Frank joined my wife and myself for good meal in the evening, which we
felt we had earned after such a full day !
One of the side displays of a Core Plane.