That’s Bil Herd co-inventor of the Commodore 128 microcomputer.
How about this one?
That’s Dave Haynie co-inventor of several Commodore Amiga microcomputers.
How about this one?
That’s Andy Finkel. Software engineer on several Commodore Amiga microcomputers.
All of these people list above worked for a company called Commodore which made some of the best selling, innovative microcomputers of all time!
Would you like to meet these people?
Well you are in luck! We are excited to announce the biggest Commodore employee reunion in years!
Where can you find them? At VCF East 2022!
Everyone loved our Virtual VCF 2020 gabfest between Bil Herd and Dave Haynie. Well this year’s gabfest will be many times bigger!
On Friday, April 22 will be the technical talks:
12:30 to 2PM: Bil Herd and Albert Charpentier will be discussing the technical aspects of the Commodore VIC and VIC-II chip.
2:30PM to 4PM:Dave Haynie and Andy Finkel will be discussing the technical aspects of the Amiga microchips.
On Saturday, April 23 will be the COMMODORE EMPLOYEE FIRESIDE CHAT from 12:30PM to 2:30PM!!!
Bil Herd – Co-creator of the Commodore 128, Plus/4
Dave Haynie – Co-creator of the Amiga 4000
Andy Finkel – member of the VIC Commandos, was C64 developer software manager, head of the games group, software manager, Amiga software manager, then director of Amiga software, then CDTV consultant.
Neil Harris – One of the Vic-20 Commandos that successfully brought bring the Vic-20 to market
Bob Russell – Instrumental in the development of the C64 and Vic-20
Pet Computer: 2nd Generation (4000 & 8000 series)
Original CBM dual floppy disk drive
VIC-20: Convinced Management to make this a ‘real computer’
P and B Series: Oversaw the Kernel development.
C-64 and MAX
1541 Disk Drive: Software to work with the C-64 timing.
Z8000 Business Machines
Benny Pruden – Numerous Commodore hardware and software projects including:
One of the themes for Vintage Computer Festival East is “Women in Computing”. My Idea for this theme started with one woman: Margaret Morabito. She wrote a book titled “Vintage Commodore 128 Personal Computer Handbook” published in 2019. More recently she collaborated on a book with one of the creators of the Commodore 128 computer, Bil Herd. After they both talked about their book during VCF West in 2021 I was curious to know more about her. Through my research I discovered that she was a technical editor for RUN magazine for many years. RUN Magazine was published from January 1984 until December 1992. The magazine contained articles about Commodore 8-bit home computers and peripherals as well as reviews on available software packages. In addition, every issue featured several type-in programs written in BASIC and/or machine language. The magazine’s name came from the BASIC command “RUN”, which started execution of the computer’s program, presumably typed in from the magazine.
Even though I had subscribed to that magazine years ago, I had never heard of her. My original thought was to create a theme around authors of magazines, books and other publications from the vintage computer era. I called to ask her to be a speaker for our show and find out more about her. I learned that she designed and ran the Tutoring Center, the Q-Link Community College and Parent-Teacher Information Exchange. Q-Link was an online service for the Commodore 64 back in the 1980’s when most people connected to each other and to online services through telephone modems. She later ran the school on other services such as GEnie, Delphi, CompuServe, AppleLink, AOL, and PCLink. These were early online services back in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Most are defunct, but some like AOL continue to this day. Amazed at her experience, I thought that maybe there were other women in vintage computing besides the “big names” from history that I had read about like Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper and the ENIAC programmers.
We have discovered the solution to our website having so many 500 server errors. This has been a persistent problem for the past year and elusive as to the cause.
The problem has been fixed on 3/29/2022, then we moved to another server on 3/30/2022.
Please clear your cache, and restart your browser to clear the 404 error. If you did this on 3/29, then you will have to do it again on 3/30.
Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience!
We will be updating many of our pages now that things are running smoothly and we can update without errors. Some changes and updates were not going through in recent months.
VCF East is in high gear and we hope to see all of you there!
VCF West is in the early planning stages and set for August.
You may have encountered some 503 and other server errors trying to access our website for the past year or so. It is a problem with out WordPress installation. We have been trying to troubleshoot the existing installation for the past few months, but the fixes haven’t lasted. Locating the exact problem has been elusive and our fixes haven’t worked. So we will be installing a fresh copy of WordPress onto a completely new server and copying our web pages over. We are hoping that fresh install will alleviate the problems that we have been having for the past year. We hope to complete this change over the next week. There many be a few hours when the website is unavailable. We will do our best to minimize the time and let you know in advance.
Sorry for any inconvenience!
Thanks you for your continued support and patience!
To all those wishing to do an exhibit for VCF East 2022, the exhibitor deadline is fast approaching. The deadline is April 1, so if you want to do an exhibit, then please register for it quickly! We still have room for exhibitors, but it’s going to start filling up quickly.
VCF has collected several items over the last three years of events that have not sold over multiple events which will be offered for free in a “free pile” at this weekend’s Swap Meet and this is the last opportunity to rescue these items as anything left will be recycled.
Sellers who have paid for a spot will have first opportunity access to this “free pile” before the start of the event and in all cases items are available on a strict first come first serve basis.
Additionally, both sellers and buyers are welcome to put items in this “free pile” with the understanding of certain rules.
RULES FOR THE VCF FREE PILE: 1. Please ask a VCF staff member for permission at the event to put any items in the free pile. 2. Please understand the policy for the free pile is that anything you leave which remains at the end of the event must be taken home by you (or someone you designate). VCF cannot be held responsible for storing or recycling it.