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For DEC Alumni (Digital Equipment Corporation)...  (Updated May 20, 2018.) 

   Questions or comments to: info@hpalumni.org 

Select the links below that fit your situation...

- Current HP employee: Networking and Information. Join DEC professional networking groups

- HP employee in the process of leaving or being laid off: ASAP checklist.

- Former DEC employee who never worked for HP: Join the independent DEC Connection and perhaps other DEC alumni social groups. Join the HP Connections group on LinkedIn.

- Recruiter wishing to post jobs: Post jobs


How to get your LinkedIn profile to show the correct company for each position. LinkedIn Tips & Traps - Positions


Compaq was the legal successor to DEC. HP Inc, in turn, is the legal successor to Compaq -- and has responsibility for any commitments. (Does not depend on whether your last business unit subsequently ended up in HP or HPE in the HP Breakup.)


Digital Pension Plan. You may have a benefit under the HP Cash Account Pension Plan if you were formerly employed by Digital Equipment Corporation, including benefits earned under the Digital Pension Plan prior to March 1, 1996. Contact: US HP Inc Retirement Service Center (operated by Fidelity.)  Details in this HP document, which may be out of date: 2008 HP CAP Summary Plan Description


Digital Retiree Health Program. HP's official table to determine if you are qualified for health coverage. Pre-2003, Post-2002, and Digital Retiree Health Programs


Other links:

- Networking Directory of HP- and DEC-related networks and groups worldwide

- Contacts for former HP and HPE employees (And DEC retirees.)


Urban Legend:

Did Ken Olsen say there was "no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home"'?
"Legend. The out-of-context misinterpretation of Olsen's comments has been promulgated for decades. What Olsen was addressing in 1977 was the concept of powerful computers that controlled every aspect of home life. The fear that computers might even try to take charge altogether was widely experienced." --Snopes, the urban legend and misinformation reference site

snopes.com article


Videos and articles:
- Gordon Bell's "CyberMuseum for Digital Equipment Corp Documents, Photo Albums, Talks, and Videotapes"
- Website of Gordon College:


- "Lessons from Ken Olsen and Digital Equipment Corp." MIT Sloan Management Review. "How many current Fortune 500 executives will be remembered fondly by their former employees?"
MIT Sloan Management Review
- "Ken Olsen: Faith, Work, And Charity Support A Computing Career" Doris Kilban, Electronic Design
Electronic Design article
- "Computer pioneer Ken Olsen dies" Boston Globe
Boston Globe article
- "Ken Olsen, Who Built DEC Into a Power, Dies at 84" New York Times
New York Times article
- "Ken Olsen Founder Digital Equipment Corp Passes Away" Silicon Angle
Silicon Angle article

- "DEC Is Dead, Long Live DEC: The Lasting Legacy of Digital Equipment Corporation" Edgar H. Schein et al
Amazon (Look inside the book at Amazon)
- "Digital at Work: Snapshots of the First Thirty-Five Years" Jamie Parker Pearson, ed.
Amazon    Amazon
- "The Ultimate Entrepreneur: The Story of Ken Olsen and Digital Equipment Corporation" Glenn Rifkin and George Harrar


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Ken Olsen 1988

Ken Olsen, 1988

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