After nearly 8 years of being at one location, we moved our office (Vishwak Solutions) from T.Nagar to Guindy recently. It turned out we had accumulated lot of Computer Peripherals, Accessories, Software & Books which are no more in use and more of antique pieces. The collection starts from my early days with technology (From DOS 4 and FoxBase era). There is simply no space in the new office for these.
So after a discussion with the new lessee, I setup a small gallery in the library area at the T.Nagar office. The gallery (kind of a micro museum) contains
- Early iMac
- versions of Microsoft Hardware (keyboard, mouse)
- floppies, CDs
- Indian clone of Microsoft Office
- Sun Star Office, Sun Solaris
- MSDN CDs & DVDs
- MS DOS, Windows 98, Windows 2000
- Norton PC Anywhere
- Old computer books
- even a VHS Cassette of Professional Training on Windows NT
I have seen abroad, IT Companies like Microsoft (Redmond), Intel (Santa Clara), San Jose Tech Museum in USA and Chocolate museum in Germany have fine museum open for public. This educates future generations on the past and encourages them to pursue similar dreams. Unfortunately there is no such efforts to build these museums by IT Majors like TCS & INFOSYS in India. I understand they can’t display their software work (which are job contract and confidential), but they can build a generic computer museum for common good. These can include apart from past technologies, present and future technologies to educate general public and build a Digital Awareness.