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!
When: Saturday February 10th and Sunday February 11th, 2018
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.
If you have questions, suggestions or comments please contact VCF PNW producer Michael Brutman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Vintage Computer Federation (email@example.com).
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
SDF.org’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