[SIGCIS-Members] [EXTERNAL] Re: Vint Hill Farms, VA
Grider, Gary Alan
ggrider at lanl.gov
Tue Oct 27 14:32:51 PDT 2020
Fascinating, at Los Alamos our streets are named after islands that don’t exist anymore.
From: Members <members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org> on behalf of Marc Weber <marc at webhistory.org>
Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 3:30 PM
To: "Schmitt, Martin" <martin.schmitt at tu-darmstadt.de>, "members at lists.sigcis.org" <members at lists.sigcis.org>
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [SIGCIS-Members] Vint Hill Farms, VA
Not quite computing names but CERN, the huge high-energy physics research lab where the Web was created, has a lot of streets named after physicists – Einstein Drive, Rutherford Way, and so on as I recall. It also has a long and significant history of computer research beyond the Web.
An under-appreciated sacred site in computing is the Dollis Hill Post Office research station in North London, where Churchill had a communications bunker, Tommy Flowers and his team worked on Colossus, ERNIE was created to generate lottery numbers, and Sam Fedida developed videotex – of which Minitel was the most successful variant. The research station has been turned into condos today, but you can walk around the outside.
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On Oct 26, 2020, at 15:57, Schmitt, Martin <martin.schmitt at tu-darmstadt.de<mailto:martin.schmitt at tu-darmstadt.de>> wrote:
The quarter of the computer pioneers! The story of the area formerly used by state surveillance reminds me a little bit of the bunker sold by the German military to a Dutch business man to operate his dark net activities in the German province: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/08/03/the-cold-war-bunker-that-became-home-to-a-dark-web-empire
The Cold War left us with some fascinating infrastructure around.
In Germany, many streets are named after Konrad Zuse by the way. To my knowledge, none of them crosses a Gottfried Leibniz Street.
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Am 26.10.2020 um 23:20 schrieb Ceruzzi, Paul <CeruzziP at si.edu<mailto:CeruzziP at si.edu>>:
I wrote about this a few years ago, but many of you haven't heard of this. Vint Hill Farms was for many years a listening post for intercepting foreign radio transmissions, including some that were of crucial significance during the Second World War. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vint_Hill_Farms_Station>
After it was decommissioned in 1997 the NSA "sanitized" the property and turned it over to commercial and other government uses. <https://vinthill.com/>.
The reason I mention this is that a housing development on one corner of the property has some interesting names of streets:
Cray Drive, Osborne Drive, Sutherland Court, Shugart Court, Auerbach Court, Hillis Court, Wilkes Court, Wirth Lane, Macintosh Drive, Sholes Court [?], von Neumann Circle, and Aiken Drive, and Eckert Court.
Last time I visited, I asked the real estate agents who came up with the names, but they did not know. The property has an extensive web site, but I did not see any clues there either, unless I missed something. I really wanted to know: which Eckert--Wallace or Presper?
Do we have a real estate developer lurking among us?
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