By Robert W. Bone
BATW members and guests spent a sunny Saturday in Silicon Valley last month learning something about computers of today, tomorrow and yesterday.
The group of around 25 first gathered on the rooftop terrace of the new Apple Park Visitor Center in Cupertino. The facility was built in an olive grove almost cheek-by-jowl to the massive doughnut-shaped campus of Apple Computer Inc.
Following a brief business meeting, they dispersed to the floor below to view and demonstrate a large accumulation of Apple’s newest digital devices and accessories. Visitors also viewed a large model of the circular Apple Park building next door.
After breaking for lunch, the assemblage found their way in the afternoon to the unique Computer History Museum in nearby Mountain View.
The rambling single-floor exhibits there are divided into two parts. One section is designated the Software Lab, and there the BATW group enjoyed a guided tour led by Dr. Jim Mukerjee, an IT Marketing Executive. The volunteer docent covered exhibit areas labeled Photoshop, MP3, MRI, Wikipedia, Texting, the Car Crash Simulation, and one dedicated to the popular World of Warcraft game.
Museum patrons then were free to wander on their own through a large complex exhibiting computers, mathematic calculators and similar hardware-related artifacts of the past.
Some members also inspected and even sat inside a new Google self-driving car on view in the museum.
Many thanks to David Laws, who coordinated this terrific event.