Askaris continue with critical restoration work

Askaris has been a supporter of the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park since mid-2017 where Askaris’ Technical Director Sean Allison has been involved in restoring an iconic computer system called Scrapbook from the 1970s and 1980s. A third weekend was just spent at the museum by Sean and his brother Ray to continue with the critical restoration work to secure and preserve the data which was last accessed over 30 years ago. A major worry since this project started was the ability to restore one of the disk drives and successfully load a disk pack without causing any…

Staff at Askaris Information Technology in Dubai are limbering up to take part in the annual Emirates NBD Unity 10km Race on Friday 24th November. The Emirates NBD Unity Run is a community event that aims to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities in education, workplace and everyday life. As well as promoting overall awareness of those with disabilities, it also supports a number of specialist training centres. The Emirates NBD Unity Run supports the ‘My Community’ initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council that aims to…

Geeks On Tour at Bletchley Park – Part 2

We have previously reported on a project that Askaris is involved with at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park. This weekend saw Askaris’ Technical Director Sean Allison and his brother Ray, spend another weekend down at the museum in Milton Keynes continuing with the restoration of the iconic Scrapbook system built by NPL in the early 1970s. Ray concentrated on working on the CPU – a DEC PDP 11/70, which was in great need of some TLC. After 2 days and our first smoke incident of the weekend, Ray had the CPU in a stable condition and was…

Askaris Technical Director Returns to his Roots

Askaris Technical Director Sean Allison has just spent the entire weekend at Bletchley in Milton Keynes. Bletchley is now famous as the once top secret location of the World War II codebreakers of the Enigma and Lorenz encryption devices.  However, Sean’s purpose down there was somewhat less glamorous. He spent the weekend along with his brother Ray in a darkened warehouse that was filled with mini and mainframe computers from the 1980s belonging to the National Museum of Computing. The computing museum lies in the grounds of Bletchley Park in one of the old codebreaking huts (Block H), where they…