VCF PNW 2020 has been cancelled

The short story: VCF PNW 2020 has been cancelled

The longer story:

King County health officials are asking event organizers to consider postponing events where large groups of people will be present.  As a result, Living Computers:Museum+Labs has closed and will remain closed until further notice.

I’d like to thank everybody for their effort and support.

Update (March 11th, 2020)

Given the uncertain nature of the health crisis we are not going to try to reschedule VCF PNW this year. The situation does not look like it will get better in the next few weeks and later in the year we conflict with other events. Thanks for your support and understanding and stay safe.

-Mike

VCF PNW 2020: Exhibitors needed

What: Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest 2020
When: Saturday March 21st and Sunday March 22nd
Where: Living Computers:Museum+Labs in Seattle, Washington.
Web site: http://vcfed.org/vcf-pnw

Why … So you can share your favorite old computers and projects in person with like-minded others for two full days at a great venue. This is one of the many ways we celebrate computing history while reaching out to a larger audience, and hopefully inspiring others.

As of this writing we have seven exhibitors, three speakers, and a handful of volunteers signed up. We are looking for 20 to 25 exhibitors in total, another speaker or two, and a few more volunteers. While returning exhibits are welcome, we want to encourage first-timers to step up and try it out. (It is fun and rewarding!)

If you know that you can bring an exhibit please look at http://vcfed.org/vcf-pnw/exhibitor-registration and then fill in the registration form. (Potential volunteers and speakers – send me an email instead, as there is no form.) If you are “on the fence” or just have questions please send me an email and I will get things sorted out for you. The registration deadline is January 31st but if you know you can commit now it will make project planning easier.

A description of the event can be found at http://vcfed.org/vcf-pnw. General information for exhibitors including links to pictures from last year, a link to the registration form, and a FAQ can be found at http://vcfed.org/vcf-pnw/exhibitor-registration. Feel free to email me with questions.

Thanks,
Mike
michael@vcfed.org

Remembering Chuck Peddle

Chuck Peddle, a pioneer in the personal computing industry passed away on December 15th.

Chuck was on the team at Motorola who worked on the 6800 microprocessor. Based on his experience and belief that a lower cost alternative was needed, Chuck and several engineers left Motorola to create the 6502 microprocessor at MOS technology. When released in 1975 the 6502 was far less expensive than competing processors; the low price point enabled products such as the Atari 2600, the Apple ][, the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Commodore 64, the BBC Micro, and many others. It was an important part of the home computer revolution.

Chuck gave the keynote speech (via Skype) at VCF East 4.0 (in 2007) for Commodore’s 30th Anniversary. Dave Haynie, Bil Herd, Jeri Ellsworth and other Commodore fans were in attendance. Here is the YouTube video of his keynote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBnmJhEOdC8&t=854s

Chuck will be missed and remembered for his immense contributions to the early home computer revolution.

Chuck, thanks for all of the opcodes!

The MOS MCS6501 chip which was pin compatible to the Motorola 6800. Chuck Peddle created it to irk Motorola his former employer. An “in your face to Motorola.” Motorola sued and MOS stopped making it, but this forced Motorola to reduce the price of the 6800 because of competition with the 6502.

Help support VCFed the easy way!

Are you going to do any shopping at Amazon.com? If so, then keep reading …

Amazon has a program called Amazon Smile that allows you to specify a charity to receive a 0.5% cut of all of your eligible purchases. The program doesn’t affect the prices that you see on Amazon, so it is free to you.

Head over to smile.amazon.com and select “Vintage Computer Federation Inc” in Eatontown, New Jersey. Then do your shopping at smile.amazon.com. If you forget and you start at amazon.com you can switch to smile.amazon.com and continue – your shopping cart will be preserved across the two sites.

Thanks in advance for helping us pay the bills and keep things running!

(Vintage Computer Federation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.)

Announcing VCF PNW 2020

The Vintage Computer Federation is pleased to announce Vintage Computer
Festival Pacific Northwest 2020! We will be at Living
Computers:Museum+Labs in Seattle Washington on Saturday March 21st and
Sunday March 22nd, 2020.

To make this happen we are looking for exhibitors, speakers and
volunteers. Last year we had 28 exhibits and 6 presentations. We had a
great time, we broke the museum attendance record (again), and we are
looking to have a good time again in March.

If you are thinking of traveling from outside of the region there is plenty
to do in Seattle while you are here. Local attractions include the
Connections Museum, the Pacific Science Center, MoPOP, the Boeing factory
tour, Mr. Rainier, etc. Victoria, British Columbia is also a short
distance away. See a more complete list at https://goo.gl/3emMWH.

Details about VCF PNW 2020 can be found at http://vcfed.org/vcf-pnw. The
exhibitor registration instructions can be found at
http://vcfed.org/vcf-pnw/exhibitor-registration. I’m happy to answer
questions by email too.

Regards,
Mike
michael@vcfed.org

Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest 2019 wrap-up

We had a great time last weekend!  Congratulations to our award winners!

  • Max Tonnage Award, Josh Dersch, 40 Years of the Three Rivers PERQ Workstation
  • Youngest Exhibitor, George Amores, Commodore 64 vs. Commodore Plus 4
  • Most Interactive, Joerg Hoppe, BlinkenBone, Program a PDP-11/70 over reanimated front panel
  • Best Display, John Ball, AppleTalk – Apple’s First Generation Network Protocol
  • Most Interesting Presentation, Rick Bensene, Wang Laboratories’ Electronic Calculators
  • Most Complete System, Jason Howe, Atari 800 Productivity
  • Garage Queen, Stephen M. Jones, SDF Public Access UNIX System
  • Best Restoration, Chris Henkel, Early PC based Engineering Workstations
  • What the heck is that?, Kaylin, Hayes, & Papenhoff, PDP-6 emulation with interface to PDP-6 Console and 340 Display
  • Kill-A-Watt, Madeline Autumn-Rose, CompuServe and Their PDP-10 Clones
  • The Overachiever Award, Ian Finder, Only Amiga Makes It Necessary and The GRiD
  • Best in Show, Sergey Kiselev, Retro Brew Computing – Do-it-yourself 8-bit Single Board Computers

It was my first time handing out awards, so I apologize for the flubs and wonderfully awkward moments. 🙂

Links to the presentations can be found on the event page at http://vcfed.org/vcf-pnw/.

If you attended the event please consider adding your pictures to the shared photo album at https://photos.app.goo.gl/e2rzk4iT4aHrQUoy6.  It helps others to see the show from a different perspective, and it helps us who were too busy to take pictures.

And one last request – help us make VCFed events even better!  If you were at VCF PNW 2019 please fill out a short survey for us: https://goo.gl/forms/V3DiyxwkpbIOCKn73

See you in 2020!
Mike, on behalf of VCFed

VCF PNW 2019: Last call for Exhibitors!

If you were thinking of joining us for VCF Pacific Northwest 2019 in Seattle then now is the time to let me know!

The event is March 23-24th (Saturday and Sunday) with setup the day before. We still have room for some more exhibits if you are interested in joining us. If you are going to join us I need to know by Friday, February 8th. If you have told me you were coming but did not complete the registration form, well, now is the time …

A description of the event can be found at http://vcfed.org/vcf-pnw. General information for exhibitors including pictures from last year, a link to the registration form, and a FAQ can be found at http://vcfed.org/wp/vcf-pnw-exhibitor-registration/. Also, yell at me directly if you have questions.

Thanks,
Mike

mbbrutman@brutman.com or michael@vcfed.org

PS: Not exhibiting at the event but interested in unloading some tonnage? We are hosting a consignment area again!  The consignment area is open to everybody; now is a good time to start cleaning and testing things that you might want to sell.

VCF PNW 2019 Updates

Just some quick updates on VCF PNW 2019

  • So far we have 11 registered exhibitors plus a few more who have expressed interest.  We are looking for 20 to 25 exhibits and probably have room for up to 30 so don’t be shy.  (We would like to have exhibitor registration complete in mid-January so we can start working on the show layout.)
  • We are also still looking for a few more speakers who want to present their topics.  Being a speaker at VCF PNW is a great way to share your knowledge with a very friendly crowd.
  • We are hosting a consignment area again!  Have an old machine or gear that you want to find a new home for?  Now would be a great time to get it cleaned up and ready for sale.

VCF Pacific Northwest 2019 will take place March 23-24, 2019 at Living Computers: Museum+Labs in Seattle, Washington.  Details can be found at http://www.vcfed.org/vcf-pnw