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.

Vintage Computer Festival(s) in Atlanta and Rome are complete!

Congratulations to our partners at Vintage Computer Festival Southeast (via the Atlanta Historical Computing Society) and Vintage Computer Festival Italia (via the Vintage Computer Club Italia) for their successful events last weekend and this weekend! Both groups posted pictures on their Facebook pages: Southeast, Italia.

Next up are our two flagships: Vintage Computer Festival East (May 18-20) and Vintage Computer Festival West (August 4-5). There’s also a great fall event, Vintage Computer Festival Midwest, hosted by our friends at Chicago Classic Computing.

Announcing the first VCF Italia!

Italy has art, culture, history, literature, and science. Now it also has a Vintage Computer Festival, organized by Vintage Computer Club Italia. The show is April 28-29 in Rome. Click here for the details.

There will be more than 30 exhibits and 14 presentations, including experts on the history of the Olivetti Programma 101 and Apple history in Italy. Also speaking is Lee Felsenstein of the Homebrew Computer Club, Processor Technology, and Osborne.