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The ICT 1301 Resurrection Project.

Past Events

*** 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.

(Designed for 640 x 480, 800 x 600 or 1024 x 768 Resolution) a 'POPUP' and 'FRAMES' free zone

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