VCF PNW 2019

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VCF PNW 2019 is a pleasant memory now.  I’ve posted the links to the presentations on this page.  Videos will be posted when they are available.  If you took pictures please add them to the shared photo album at .

-Mike on behalf of VCFed


VCF PNW 2019 is proud to announce VCF Pacific Northwest 2019!

Join us in Seattle on March 23rd and 24th for two days of exhibits, presentations, and general vintage computing goodness.  Reconnect with old friends, peruse the consignment area, and enjoy both the event and the museum that is hosting us.

When: Saturday March 23rd and Sunday March 24th, 2019 10:00am to 5:00pm

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

Full event program:

Speakers and Schedule:

Saturday, March 23rd
10:00 AM Museum opens and VCF PNW 2019 starts
11:00 AM Erik Klein and Stephen M. Jones, opening comments
1:00 PM Joe Decuir, IEEE Fellow, Three generations of animation machines: Atari and Amiga
2:30 PM Geoff Pool, From Minix to GNU/Linux – A Retrospective
4:00 PM Chris Rutkowski, The birth of the Business PC – how volatile markets evolve
5:00 PM Museum closes – come back tomorrow!

Sunday, March 24th
10:00 AM Museum opens and VCF PNW 2019 day 2 begins
11:00 AM John Durno, The Lost Art of Telidon
1:00 AM Lars Brinkhoff, ITS: Incompatible Timesharing System
2:30 PM Steve Jamieson, A Brief History of British Computing
4:00 PM Presentation of awards and wrap-up
5:00 PM Planning starts for VCF PNW 2020


Links to Presentations:


  • Rick Bensene, Wang Laboratories’ Electronic Calculators
  • Alan Perry, Attack of the SPARC Clones
  • Josh Dersch, 40 Years of the Three Rivers PERQ Workstation
  • Geoff Pool, From Minix to Linux – An Early History of the Origins of the Linux Kernel
  • Stephen M. Jones, SDF Public Access UNIX System 
  • John BallAppleTalk – Apple’s First Generation Network Protocol
  • Vincent Slyngstad, PDP-8 Repair and Reanimation
  • Rob Carnegie and friends, Telephone Modem BBS from the Internet Pre-Dawn
  • Patrick Finnegan, TeleVideo projects: Bringing CP/M into the 21st century
  • Foone Turing, Floppy Disks/Optical Discs
  • Madeline Autumn-RoseCompuServe and Their PDP-10 Clones
  • Mark D. Overholser, Networked 8-Bit Computers for Gaming, Collaboration and Socializing
  • Chris HenkelEarly PC based Engineering Workstations
  • Sergey KiselevRetro Brew Computing – Do-it-yourself 8-bit Single Board Computers
  • George Amores, Commodore 64 vs. Commodore Plus 4
  • Luther Johnson, MakerLisp Machine
  • Joerg Hoppe, BlinkenBone, Program a PDP-11/70 over reanimated front panel
  • Josh Dersch & Joerg HoppeUniBone – a Linux to UNIBUS bridge makes a PDP-11/05 run
  • Andras TantosCray supercomputers emulators: resurrecting the giants.
  • Jason HoweAtari 800 Productivity
  • Oscar VermeulenReplica’s of classic computers
  • Gordon Steemson, How to get There from Here
  • J.P. McGlinn, Indigo, Indigo^2, and Indy
  • Kaylin, Hayes, & Papenhoff, PDP-6 emulation with interface to PDP-6 Console and 340 Display
  • Darek Mihocka, 40 years of Atari on the desktop
  • Ian Finder, Only Amiga Makes It Necessary
  • Ian Finder, Grid Computers
  • Marcel van Kervinck, The Gigatron TTL Microcomputer

(Yep, that’s quite a few more than last year …)

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?

  • Seattle for Visitors to VCF PNW has a pretty good list of things to do while you are in Seattle for both techies and non-techies.
  • Connections Museum Seattle will be open for an additional set of hours just for us on Monday, March 25th between 10am and 2pm.  The museum features working panel and crossbar electro-mechanical central office switches, antique telephones, switchboards, outside plant displays, and other related communications equipment and machines.

Do you need more reasons to attend?

Help us spread the word!

(Click for a 300 dpi letter size flyer.)


If you have questions, suggestions or comments please contact me:

Michael Brutman
VCF PNW President, CEO, and Executive Floppy Disk Shuffler


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