Come join us March 21st and March 22nd in Seattle at VCF PNW 2020! Look forward to:
24 Exhibits featuring big-iron, classic 8 bitters, replicas, and even new machines!
6 Presentations including Bil Herd and Joe Decuir, IEEE Fellow!
Take part in our very first Vintage Computer Typing Contest! Win not-so-valuable prizes!
Buy (or sell) treasure in the consignment area!
Enjoy our host, the world-renowned Living Computers:Museum+Labs!
This year at VCF PNW we will be celebrating and exploring computing history with twenty-four exhibits and six presentations spread over two days. VCF exhibits are interactive; we want you to experience them, not just gaze upon them. Our host, Living Computers:Museum+Labs, provides an excellent backdrop for the event.
Exhibits are brought to you by enthusiasts from the United States, Canada and Australia. Exhibits include big-iron, homebrew machines, workstations, replicas, modern enhancements, classic machines and even new machines inspired by the classics. Come feel the heat of the VAX cluster, play Doom on a Unix workstation, experience a BBS, learn how to repair a PDP-8, jam on an early software based synthesizer setup, see random numbers generated by LAVA® lamps, and more!
Our speakers and topics this year include Bil Herd (Commodore history), Dr. Zbigniew Stachniak (MCM/70 emulation), Darius Kazemi (Internet RFCs), Jon Philpott (ArcAS: an arcade action programming game), Scott Swazey (PDP-11/45 and the Star Wars Death Star graphics sequences), and Joe Decuir (Amiga history).
The event is free with paid museum admission. For more details head over to http://vcfed.org/vcf-pnw/. We hope to see you there!
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.