Next AHCS meeting is October 18

17 Oct

The next regular meeting of the AHCS will be on October 18, 2014 from 12-5 PM at:

Christ the Lord Lutheran Church
1001 Duluth Highway (State Route 120)
Lawrenceville GA 30043

We hope to see you there!

Gallery

Photos from 2014 Atlanta Maker Faire

6 Oct

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Soldering Kit Instructions

6 Oct

For visitors to the Atlanta Historical Society booth at this weekend’s Atlanta Maker Faire who took home soldering kits to work on at home, instructions for the Flashy kit and the Memory Game kit are available via the links below.

Thanks again for visiting us, and please join us at the next regular AHCS meeting. The date and time for the next meeting will be posted here soon, as well as on our Facebook page and on Twitter (@AtlHCSdotORG).

Flashy Maxi Instructions

Memory Game Instructions

Thanks for a Wonderful Atlanta Maker Faire!

6 Oct

From Sam Lysinger, who did a fantastic job coordinating the AHCS’s presence at the Maker Faire this year:

We were off to a rough start Saturday morning, being adjacent to the wall of porta potties is not something someone wants to see after 6.5 hours sleep.

But, it was cold enough out that we could not smell them.

Then the wind decided to turn our tents into kits before we had them weighted down.

Yet, we could repair the damage and make them work.

We got everything set up, and then we did what the AHCS does:

We nerded out with other nerds. (Alan even called me a super geek today)

There were a lot of them. 10,000 per day, a lot of them.

They weren’t all computer nerds.

There were HAMs, robot builders, scientists, physicists, junk repurposers, car racers, artists, even a few normal families.

The crowd was really fun.

We must have left a favorable impression as the AHCS has taken home 3 Maker of Excellence Awards.

Big thanks go out to all who made it happen, and let the Maker Community know who we are and what we are capable of.

Call for Maker Faire Volunteers

30 Jul

The AHCS is building a crack team of exhibit creators and staffers as we speak. We had been capturing them by strategically laying vintage Star Wars toys in parking lots that were tied to strings. We kept pulling the string as they got close to it and they followed the action figure to our volunteer sign up sheet. It was working surprisingly well until the volunteers realized that they did not get an action figure and the FBI warned us to cease.

In light of this, we need your help. We are running a morning shift and an afternoon shift. 9am to 1pm and 1pm to 5pm. This way you can see the Maker Faire and meet a ton of cool folks doing cool things. Or you can play the memory game in our booth that works similarly to a game called Simon. Rumor has it that Star Raiders could be there too.

If you want to volunteer, contact Sam Lysinger help@simplycompute.net for details. If you want to see our display, come find us in Downtown Decatur on Oct 4th and 5th. www.makerfaireatl.com

There will be games, solder, lights, computer history. You name it, we’ll have it.

Atlanta Maker Faire Update

19 Jul

The Atlanta Historical Computing Society officially returns to the Atlanta Maker Faire. Expect PC boards, expect solder, expect blinky lights, expect 8bit music and 8 bit graphics.

http://makerfaireatl.com/atlanta-historical-computing-society-2/

The eminently popular, simplistically eloquent, Simon game will return for its 3rd public appearance as it evolves further towards its fusion of retro gaming and Steam Punk sculpture destiny. There may be other upgrades if we can get our crack team of Mad Scientists to convince their case workers to allow them access to the tool shed again.

Also, the retro computer display will soon move from the idea stage to the planning stage, and then to the world domination stage.

Expect greatness. Expect the unexpected.

AHCS at Atlanta Maker Faire

18 Jul

Maker_Faire_Atlanta

What? AHCS at Atlanta Maker Faire (www.makerfaireatl.com)

Where? Large parking lot in Downtown Decatur

When? October 4th and 5th, 2014

Why? To take a trip down memory lane and see some of the computers that started the personal computing revolution. You can also play our SPS (Steam Punked Simon) memory game, or even build your very own to take home. Try to beat the high score. It is harder than it looks!

The Atlanta Historical Computing Society officially returns to the Atlanta Maker Faire.  Expect PC boards, expect solder, expect blinky
lights, expect 8bit music and 8 bit graphics.

http://makerfaireatl.com/atlanta-historical-computing-society-2/

The eminently popular, simplistically eloquent, Simon game will return
for its 3rd public appearance as it evolves further towards its fusion
of retro gaming and Steam Punk sculpture destiny.  There may be other
upgrades if we can get our crack team of Mad Scientists to convince
their case workers to allow them access to the tool shed again.

Also, the retro computer display will soon move from the idea stage to
the planning stage, and then to the world domination stage.

Expect greatness.  Expect the unexpected.

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