We’re honored to announce that Dag Spicer is our newest board member! Dag is senior curator at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.
Dag’s background is in electrical engineering and history. He joined VCF to assist in expanding the grassroots involvement of computer enthusiasts in the story of computing, one in which every person on earth is now a part. Originally from Canada, Dag now lives in Santa Clara, CA. His hobbies include reading, hockey, and Cycladic art.
This year we’re having a special gathering of several working Apple 1 computers. Their owners will participate in a panel discussion to tell the stories behind these rare machines. We will also hear from the team who restored an Apollo Guidance Computer, and we’re always happy to welcome Commodore engineer Bil Herd.
Additional speakers and classes are pending but we still have room on the schedule for more of everything. So if you have something to share, please let us know!
If you haven’t signed up for your exhibit yet please do so ASAP. The sooner we get that list together, the sooner we can lay out the hall and get the program started. Click here for the exhibits page.
Vintage Computer Festival East is in our rearview mirror. It was our biggest east-coast show ever! The highlights were the keynotes by Unix co-inventor Ken Thompson (with Brian Kernighan interviewing him on stage) and Atari hardware engineer Joe Decuir. Watch all of the show videos here.
We’d also like to thank all of the exhibitors, especially those who banded together to make anniversary-edition Unix and Atari exhibits. Additional special thanks to all of the volunteers and speakers, and of course to everyone who attended!
We wouldn’t end this blog post without also thanking our sponsor Hackaday and the Association for Computing Machinery. We also owe gratitude to organizations that simply retweeted us to large audiences, such as the IEEE, Bell Labs, and ArsTechnica.
Upload your show photos here. We’ll see you again next year!
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.
This year’s focus is on the 50th anniversary of Unix and 40th anniversary of the Atari personal computer (and the TI-99/4). More space is expected to be available than last year, so visitors should expect to see more than 30 exhibits. The event takes place at the currently under-construction Computer Museum of America in Roswell, Georgia.
Visitors will be able to view the museum’s artifacts and construction in progress through viewing panels. You may be able to explore part of the museum, depending on the status of construction.
Announcements about keynote speakers are coming soon.
Ken Thompson, who invented the UNIX operating system with Dennis Ritchie at Bell Labs in the 1960s and 1970s, will be a star at Vintage Computer Festival East this year! It’s the 50th anniversary of when their work began. Thompson also wrote the programming language B, which preceded Ritchie’s world-changing language C. His accomplishments on these and other important works in computer science must be acknowledged. Ken will be interviewed on stage on Saturday morning, May 4, by Bell Labs’ Brian Kernighan of K&R fame. Brian himself spoke at VCF East in 2015.
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.
If you’re looking for an end-of-year charity contribution, Vintage Computer Federation is an excellent choice. We’re a 501(c)(3) devoted to preserving computer history, enabling hobbyists, and informing the public. Please click here for more information.