A Seattle museum keeps its vintage computers in working order, so that visitors can experience the evolution of the machine.
Lath Carlson might have the best job in the world. He oversees the world’s largest working collection of vintage computers in his role as executive director of Living Computers: Museum + Labs, a Seattle public museum created in 2006 by Microsoft co-founder, the late Paul G. Allen.
Earlier this year, Carlson oversaw the museum’s most ambitious temporary exhibit yet, “Totally 80s Rewind.” Stocked with usable computers, it recreates an ’80s classroom, video game arcade and basement rec room. It’s open through December 31, after which the museum will add 2,000 square feet of climate-controlled floor space for more mainframe computers.
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