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  • Approach
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    I have a friend who, NO SHIT, bought several working Cray supercomputers here...

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  • number6
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    Seattle has https://livingcomputers.org/ Living Computers Museum and Labs: it is a collection of older technology, may of the items in the collection are available for hands-on use. Some are available remotely through a JavaScript webpage to terminal access using https://ssh.livingcomputers.org/
    Ever wanted to play with a PDP-8? PDP-11? A DEC Alpha? All of these and more are available at this museum and online.
    They have a punch-card machine, to allow you to punch your own computer punch-card.
    They also have tours and labs.

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  • Mitchell Effect
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    The Green Bank Observatory in Green Bank, WV has the largest movable radio telescope on the planet. It is massive -- larger than two football fields. Walking tours of the large facility and museum are free, and excellent guided tours are only $6. http://greenbankobservatory.org/

    Another interesting fact about the location is that it's located in the National Radio Quiet Zone, where electromagnetic emissions (radio, wifi, cell phones, etc...) are heavily restricted. There are a even some underground NSA eavesdropping bases nearby in the outskirts of Sugar Grove, WV. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United...dio_Quiet_Zone

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  • TheCotMan
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    If you find you are in Poznan Poland , there are a few items to visit about Polish mathematicians that created some of the first known, successful attacks against first generation Enigma encoding devices. Their initial attacks against these first generation Enigma encoding devices laid the groundwork for later attacks against future Enigma encoding devices as Germans added Uhr plugboards, more rotors and choices of rotors.

    http://www.enigmacentrum.pl/index.php?id=114

    It is a trailer-sized building in front of the "Imperial Castle" in Poznan Poland.

    You can use "Google Maps" and their "Street View" to see the *location* of this trailer-sized museum:

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Th.../data=!4m5!3m4!

    Look to the street "Swiety Marcin" (Święty Marcin) near where it intersects "Kosciuszki" (Kościuszki)

    If you look towards the Imperial Castle, from street view, you should be able to see a monument to the Polish Mathematicians that broke the encryption system of the early Enigma encoding devices. This monument is a Tall metal monument (around 4 to 5 meters?) on the sidewalk. It has a triangular base, and flat surfaces. This monument appears to be called "Kryptologow (Kryptologów).

    Not in the present copy of images from Google Street View, to the left of this monument as you look towards the Imperial Castle from the street is a trailer-sized building made to look like a really large Enigma encoding device. You can see a picture of what this trailer-sized building looks like on this page at the bottom: http://www.enigmacentrum.pl/index.php?id=114 This building is also on the sidewalk and not attached to the main building.

    Information contained in the trailer-sized building is presently in the form of text signs, videos, and interactive media on touch screens.
    If you read the content on these web pages, you can read a majority of the text on the signs in this exhibit, leaving you to just watch the videos and interact with the touch screen demos:
    * http://enigmacentrum.pl/index.php?id=1895 : A time-line of events related to Enigma and efforts to break the systems used to hide data
    * http://enigmacentrum.pl/index.php?id=1894 : A collection of stories and information about the Enigma encoding device and efforts to break the systems used to hide data

    Be sure to contact them ahead of your visit to make sure they will be open and they do not have classes or private tours dominating the exhibit. They have a "contact us" link on their page and they do respond to email, and have at least one person that can speak English.

    If you can manage to spend a day in Poznan, they have a game you can play, where you are given a piece of paper with clues, and you wander around Poznan to various sites, gathering clues to solve a puzzle and get a secret message.

    For the trailer-sized Enigma/History-of-Polish-Mathematicians exhibit, you can keep you pack/bag and tech.



    In Warsaw, they have an Enigma encoding device on dis[play on the top floor of the Technical museum in Warsaw. That display is not very large, but the Technical museum in Warsaw has descriptions of most items in each exhibit in English and Polish. This technical museum also has a collection of computers from the 70s through to the 90s.
    The Museum of Technology in Poland is located:
    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mu...21.0036977,17z
    It is located as a *part* of the "Museum of Culture and Natural History". Look at the map. The south-western rectangular building that i attached the whole building is the Museum of Technology. It has it own entrance fee.
    The North-East rectangular building that it attached, is a theater for performances.
    The central part of this building, south of this theater, on the eastern side has access (and fees) to top floor outlook to see the city from a higher elevation. You can walk around each side of the building on this observation level to take pictures.

    For the observation deck, at this location and the technical museum, you need to check your bag. If you have tech like a laptop, you may have to leave it there. Make arrangements before you enter. Cell phone and cameras were ok, but I think they wanted you to disable the flash on your camera/smartphone.
    Last edited by TheCotMan; March 26, 2017, 09:36.

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  • TechGirlMN
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    The Spam museum in Austin Mn. It covers digital Spam as well, as the skit from Monty Python.

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  • ironfeather`
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    When in Tokyo check out the "Hackers Bar", they have code night, game nights and a hack night. You can pay for drinks with bitcoin and they have drinks such as "Blue Screen", "Kernal Panic", "Hackers Highball" etc. Every Monday at the HackersBar, they hold English Tech Talks.... http://hackers.bar

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  • Nightarcher
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    The lizard wireless station in Cornwall uk. Is a really cool place, you can see where Marconi worked on expanding wireless signal.

    Also if you a licensed wireless operate they actually have some units to use which is pretty cool when you think where you are.

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  • davien
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    Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

    The Erotic Heritage Museum (http://www.eroticheritagemuseumlasvegas.com/) in Las Vegas was educational and entertaining (they had live performances when I went).

    Also in Vegas, the Pinball Hall of Fame: http://www.pinballmuseum.org/

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  • rkill
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    Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

    Originally posted by rkill View Post
    Seattle: When visiting the Emerald City Comicon take some time to stop buy and say hello at the Metrix Create:Space.
    I'm sure some of you can relate...

    Stop by and say hello! And while you're at the Metrix buy something from the vending machine.

    On the topic of my lack of attention to detail, allow me to make another correction.

    I live on the Eastside and didn't even mention Black Lodge Research. What else can one expect from a lurker?

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  • rkill
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    Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

    Seattle: When visiting the Emerald City Comicon take some time to stop buy and say hello at the Metrix Create:Space.

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  • Whiteb0rd
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    Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

    OK, getting into the spirit of this shit (literally)....

    Monterey Bay Aquarium. Budget several hours. This is where the whale / aquarium scenes from Star Trek (who remembers which one?) were filmed. Hang out with the cannery row row-rats in the local watering holes afterwards. HINT: Walk uphill to avoid tourist traps. Major initial funding was from David Packard (the "P" of HP) and it's dedicated to Doc Ricketts of Steinbeck's Cannery Row. Yeah, there are still row rats around, just like in the novel and the later movie.

    Baltimore..... This takes some planning.... http://www.bpaillc.com is Boris Peters digs in the worst fukin' part of downtown Baltimore. CALL AHEAD, and only talk to Boris, unless you speak russian. This place is the computer equivalent of the government warehouse at the end of the original Indiana Jones flik. If you like old hardware, this place is the shit. He is a major recycler of obsolete computer schtuff, and so has a business to run, but has been known to entertain a geek or two who wanted to drop in and take a look around. I have a friend who, NO SHIT, bought several working Cray supercomputers here.....

    The Valley: Weird Stuff warehouse..... just fukin' google it. Budget a couple of hours minimum if you are into old or weird iron. Call Bodoman while you in town if you're into that shit, unixsurplus.com, and check in with him in the vendor area. HINT: he likes Maker's Mark, ice cold and straight up (as the Lord intended.....)




    WB

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  • Whiteb0rd
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    Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

    Check out the Bavarian Hunting and Fishing Museum next time you're in Munchen. Even if you're not into the dead critterz, pay attention to the names of some of the hunters on the trophies, and you may repay a visit to the 3. Reich.

    All that aside, their collection of classic hunting weapons is sublime. You will see examples of the gunsmith's craft that, quite simply, belong in a museum.

    It's walking distance from the Glockenspiel in the Rathausplatz (close to the REAL Hofbraeuhaus). Best link I can find is https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikiped...ischereimuseum


    WB

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  • Mongo
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    Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

    Another Philly one - Mutter Museum - home of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. It's awesome.

    Wikipedia Entry

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  • Bbox
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    Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

    Well if you can find some time somehow in Vegas around 10:00 in the morning, Check out the Neon museum and bone yard. They say you need to make reservations way in advance, however they often have last minute available spots. It really is a great tour!

    http://neonmuseum.org/

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  • sintax_error
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    Re: Hacker-type games/events, and geekish places to visit around the world...

    Though I've never actually been, I've heard nothing but good things about The Spy Museum in Washington DC.

    Near Alamagordo, NM The Trinity Test Site (unofficial page) on the White Sands Missile Range is open to the public twice a year. All I can say is that standing in the room where the "gadget" was assembled, standing on the spot where the world's first nuclear device was detonated is an experience for any science/history geek.

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