Ragooman has logged off

One of our most senior members, Dan Roganti, computed his last cycle recently. You may know his as “Ragooman” in our forums.  Dan was incredibly friendly to all, always the first to offer technical help, wickedly funny, and insanely smart. He was as happy working on an Apple II or Commodore 64 as he was on an Altair 680 or a IBM system/36. He also drew most of the artwork for the VCF East t-shirts. About two weeks ago, while in hospice care, he asked us to share this video in the event of his passing. It’s funny!! Please watch it, enjoy, and hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight. Dan will always be with us — the Force was strong with him.

Events-a-palooza!

The next Federation event, VCF Pacific Northwest 2019, is in March 2019. But there are lots of non-Federation events happening between now and then! Our good friends at Vintage Computer Festival Midwest are having their 13th show September 15-16 outside Chicago. The HP Handheld Conference is September 29-30 in San Jose. Wild Hare Computer Systems’ Data General event, Nova is 50, is October 22-24 in Denver. Tandy Assembly is November 10-11 in Springfield, Ohio. You should go to all of them!

Update, September 14: We just learned about another event, Warpstock 2018, happening today through Monday (Sep. 17) in Calgary. Go there to celebrate OS/2!

Announcing VCF Pacific Northwest 2019!

VCF PNW 2019 will take place March 23-24, 2019 at Living Computers: Museum+Labs in Seattle, Washington.  We had a great time last year and we are going to try to make it even better this year.

Exhibitor registration is open.  I am also looking for speakers and volunteers to help me run the event.  It seems early but time tends to speed up at the end of the year. Getting an earlier start should also help people who need to make travel arrangements.

Are you thinking about traveling from outside of the region?  There is plenty to do in Seattle while you are here, including the Connections Museum, the Pacific Science Center, MoPOP, the Boeing factory tour, etc.

Interested?  Check out http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-pacific-northwest/ for more details or send me an email.

Thanks,
Mike
michael@vcfed.org

Vintage Computer Festival West XIII is this weekend!

It’s here! Vintage Computer Festival West XIII is this weekend (Aug. 4-5) at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The hours are Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 9am-5:30pm. You’ll find dozens of hands-on exhibits of historic hardware and software, an awesome lecture schedule, our famous consignment booth, and much more. The social media hashtag is #vcfwest — don’t miss the show! Special thanks to our supporters at Hackaday and the Association for Computing Machinery.

VCF West tickets and speaker summaries now available

Update, Aug. 3: Online ticketing is closed. Tickets will be available at the event.

Vintage Computer Festival West XIII is near, and now you can get tickets online to save time at the show. Tickets are $20 for one day and $30 for both days. Computer History Museum members can pay half-price (at the door). Admission to  the door is also half-price if you buy a museum ticket that day — as is museum admission if you buy a VCF ticket that day! We also posted the speaker list. It covers everything from Apple to DOS to a musical to PLATO to technology intellectual property!

Thank you to our hardware supporters!

Our museum is full of incredibly historic computers, but our production network is modern. We are almost finished rebuilding it! The last major component, which we installed on Saturday, is a rackmount UPS courtesy of Minuteman Power Technologies. Thank you Bill A. over at Minuteman! Our other components were donated by individuals: Martin F. provided the HP rack, two Cisco switches (one with power-over-Ethernet, and one with Ethernet-to-Thicknet conversion), Cisco access point, bare-bones Supermicro server, and patch panel. Jason P. gave us an APC-by-Schneider console. Bill D. provided a suitable computer that’ll become our dial-in BBS server. Dean N. contributed a pair of solid-state drives, one for each server, and he’s getting us all the necessary patch cables. Be sure to visit our supporters page for the full list of companies that help us achieve great things.

Exhibitors and volunteers needed for VCF West

It’s almost time for Vintage Computer Festival West XIII! The show is August 4-5 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

You’ll find dozens of hands-on exhibits, incredible lectures, a huge consignment sale, and much more — plus the museum’s own tours and hands-on demos.

There is still time to register your exhibit, but it’s tight! Go here ASAP to sign up. We also need more volunteers! Email the event producer erik@vcfed.org if you can be a helper.

VCF East XIII is in two weeks! Read all about it

Vintage Computer Festival East XIII is almost here. You’ll find 32 hands-on exhibits, 15 tech talks, 3 incredible keynotes, our biggest consignment room ever, vendors, club tables, kit workshops, learn-to-solder classes, museum tours, food, and much more! Click here for all the details about tickets, the schedule, directions, lodging, and everything else you need to know to make the most of your experience here.