VCF PNW 2018

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We have scenery. We have every variety of rain possible. We have a volcano. We have coffee. And we are a major tech hub. But so far we have not had a Vintage Computer Festival show … until now!

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When: Saturday February 10th and Sunday February 11th, 2018

Where: Living Computers: Museum+Labs, 2245 First Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98134 (Map, Directions)

Hours: 10:00am – 5:00pm (both days)

Exhibits: We have 20 hands-on exhibits that will be presented all weekend. Exhibits range from early graphical workstations to modern enhancements for old systems.  A wide range of machines from many manufacturers will be present.

Speakers: VCF PNW will feature six speakers and a panel discussion. Topics range from the early days of hobbyist computing to a live demonstration of LCM+L time-sharing systems.  See our list of speakers and events for details.

Consignment: Need to thin your collection a little bit?  Or are you looking to pick up something new and interesting? We will have a consignment room to help! The consignment room is open to everybody – please see the consignment page for more information.

Don’t forget: Living Computers: Museum+Labs is an incredible museum! Bring your camera, bring your children, and enjoy all that LC:ML and VCF have to offer.

Other Seattle attractions: Joining us from outside of the area?  Here are a few more things you might want to check out.

Interested in a tour of the Connections Museum?  They graciously added two extra tours outside of their normal schedule to accommodate our exhibitors and visitors.  The dates and times for the extra tours are:

  • Friday, February 9th and 12 pm (noon)
  • Monday, February 12th at 10 am.

Visit our supporters: Hackaday, Association for Computing Machinery, IEEE History Center.

If you have questions, suggestions or comments please contact VCF PNW producer Michael Brutman ( or Vintage Computer Federation (

VCF PNW 2018 Exhibitors

We have a fantastic selection of exhibits for our first show in Seattle! Here is what we have for you so far.

Sun Microsystems “lunchbox” Workstations – Alan Perry, Bainbridge Island, Washington

Alpha Syntauri -Jason Howe, Lake Forest Park, Washington

ST-2900 Computer – David Wiens, Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Adapting 68xx Systems to VGA Displays – Brendan Donahe, Lago Vista, Texas

Graphical Workstations of the Early 80s: Symoblics 3640, Xerox 1186 and PERQ 1A – Josh Dersch, Bothell, Washington

Lisp Machines & The UNIX hater’s Club – Ian Finder, Seattle, Washington’s AT&T 3B2/500 – Stephen Jones, Seattle, Washington

Vintage Computer Replicas – Oscar Vermeulen, Walchwil, Zug, Switzerland

TRS-80 Ecosystem – David Cooper, Seattle, Washington

SGI of the 1990s-2000 – J.P. McGlinn, Lynnwood, Washington

Dr. Evil Labs: Voice Music for the Commodore 64 – Kent Sullivan, Kirkland, Washington

PDP-8 Replacement Parts & Repair -Vincent Slyngstad, Beaverton, Oregon

Chilliwack RetroComputer Club – Alex Dumitru, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada

MOnSter6502 – Eric Schlaepfer, Sunnyvale, California

Digi-Comp II Recreation – Windell Oskay, Sunnyvale, California

BLinkenBone: Reanimated Blinkenlight Panels – Joerg Hoppe, Goettingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

Seattle Retrocomputing Society – Gordon Steemson, Everett, Washington

Floppy Disks: 8 inch to super-floppies – Foone Turing, Milpitas, California

Atari 8-bit Home Computers – Bill Kendrick, Kevin Savetz (and friends!), Olympia, Washington

The Attache: The Last of the Altairs – Larry Pezzolo, Palo Alto, CA

Xi 8088 / Micro 8088 – Sergey Kiselev, Portland, OR

Speakers and Events

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

  • 10:00 AM Museum and show opens
  • 11:00 AM Erik Klein and Lath Carlson, VCF PNW opening comments
  • 1:00 PM Dick Whipple“Tales from an Early Computer Hobbyist”
  • 2:30 PM Paul Laughton“From Mainframes to Micros”
  • 4:00 PM Jack Rubin & friends“Old Wine in New Bottles” (panel discussion)

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

  • 10:00 AM Museum and show opens
  • 10:30 AM Cynde Moya, MLIS, PhD, “Exploring software and operating systems on time-sharing vintage computers at LC:M+L”
  • 12:00 PM Evan Koblentz“The Prehistory of Portable Computing”
  • 1:30 PM Peter Glaskowsky“The First Fifty Years of the Microprocessor”
  • 3:00 PM Charles Anthony“The DPS8/M Emulator: A Personal History”
  • 4:00 PM Show wrap-up and awards


The full set of photos can be found in a Google Photos Album.  Here are few from the collection