Archive for May, 2009

Ebay – national only vs. international shipping

May 6, 2009

One thing I noticed for Ebay auctions is that if the seller ships nationally only, this restricts the price. A wonderful recent example was a KIM 1 where the price first was 150 Euro, then the seller withdrew the auction and re-listed it in order to allow international shipping. This second time the end price was 270 Euro…

Computer Collections Open to the Public in Germany

May 3, 2009

This is a Google map containing sites that show their computer collections to the public. These can be museums (green pins) or private collections (red pins).

If you now more of these sites or if you find incorrect data, please email cyberfritz.

This map is work in progress, so expect data to be completed in the next weeks.

Munich

Computer Museum München

  • Name: Computermuseum München
  • Type: Public Museum
  • Focus: Number Cruncher (CDC, Cray), Micros
  • Opening hours: On request
  • Notes: The museum consists of two parts. The big irons department is currently located at Stäblistraße 10b,81477 München. It consists mainly of a flock of CDCs and Crays, some of which are working. The micro computer department is located at St. Ulrich-Platz 3, 85630 Grasbrunn. It consists of over 500 devices. The museum will move soon to the “Computicon”, an old hangar on the campus of the University of the Federal Forces in Munich.

Deutsches Museum

  • Name: Deutsches Museum
  • Type: Public Museum
  • Address: Museumsinsel 1, 80538 München
  • Focus: Computer History
  • Opening hours: open daily from 09:00 to 17:00
  • Notes: The “Deutsches Museum” is a gigantic technology museum covering all areas from submarines to mining. It also contains a Computer exhibition covering as well german developments such as the Zuse computers as well as international machines such as a Cray 1.

Stuttgart

Computer Museum of the Computer Science of the University of Stuttgart

  • Name: Computermuseum der Informatik der Universität Stuttgart
  • Type: Public Museum
  • Address: Universitätsstr. 38, 70569 Stuttgart
  • Focus: Calculators, Minis, Micros
  • Opening hours: Tuesday, 16.15 – 18.30
  • Notes:

Oldenburg

Oldenburg Computer Museum

  • Name: Oldenburger Computer Museum
  • Type: Public Museum
  • Address: Neue Straße 2, 26122 Oldenburg
  • Focus: Home Computers
  • Opening hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 17:00-21:00
  • Notes:

Kiel

Computer Collection of the Kiel University of Applied Scienes

  • Name: Computerschausammlung der Fachhochschule Kiel
  • Type: Public Museum
  • Address: Heikendorfer Weg 93a, Kiel
  • Focus: Everything
  • Opening hours: ?
  • Notes:

Berlin

German Technology Museum

  • Name: Deutsches Technikmuseum
  • Type: Public Museum
  • Address: Trebbiner Straße 9, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg
  • Focus: Technology, also computers
  • Opening hours:
    Tuesday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.30 pm
    Saturday / Sunday 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
    Mondays closed
    Public holidays 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
  • Notes: Has a permanent exhibition on “Konrad Zuse – die ersten Computer der Welt” (“the world’s first computer”).

Going to VCFE 10.0

May 2, 2009

I’m sitting in the train right now, heading for VCFE 10.0 in Munich and I’m very excited. My first big vintage event. Wahoooo! Let’s see what I can report in the evening…