VCF SE 9.0 — Exhibits

Hands-on demonstrations of historic computing are the heart of the Vintage Computer Festival series.   Also don’t forget to check out the Vendors coming ( they’re at the bottom of the page)

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Registered exhibits:

The IBM OS/2 Experience — Andrew Taylor — Simpsonville, SC

A history and walkthrough of IBM’s darling late 80s and 90s operating system, covering every major version from 1.0 to Warp 4, all on authentic period hardware.   Also including some various epimera related to OS/2

TI-99/4A History and Modernity — Alan Rateliff, II  — Tallahassee, FL

Several TI-99/4A systems on display, demonstrating classic back-in-the-day uses for games, education, and drawing with the SuperSketch, as well as modern games and demos, including an arcade-accurate conversion of “Dragon’s Lair” played on a projection screen.

Games on a Chip! — Rob Mitchell  — Atlanta, GA

In the mid 1970s, complete video games on one integrated circuit were made available to many game manufacturers by the General Instrument Corporation. The AY-3 family of ICs included Pong games as well as breakout, car racing, tank battle and motorcycle games. Additional AY-3 chips added color and additional sound effects. Examples are presented for the public to enjoy playing vintage video games.

(Smaller) big beutiful boring beige business boxes — James Mahoney — Marietta, GA

A demonstration of a handful of vintage IBM midrange and small systems computers along with their prerequisite terminals.

The RISC Renaissance — Nolan Gilmore — Tucker, GA

For much of computing history, CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computing) architectures dominated the field. Processors such as the Z80, 8086, 6502, and VAX on the high end, were designed using this philosophy. But, beginning in the 1970s, though not really reaching any kind of maturity until the mid/late 1980s came the arrival of so-called RISC processors (or Reduced Instruction Set Computing). RISC promised comparative or better performance with lower costs and simpler designs than what the contemporary Intel or Motorola processors provided. This exhibit will be focusing on machines from the early to mid 1990s, when many companies such as DEC, Sun, HP, IBM, and more were introducing their own RISC chips with the intent to overthrow the ruling CISC designs.

A BBS Thing — David Kuder — Smyrna, GA

What was it like dialing up to a BBS in 1990? What did it take to set up and run a BBS? Find out the answers to these questions and others with interactive examples of digital bulletin boards, SYSOP consoles, and even dial into a few BBSes that are operating today!

#FujiNet / Meatloaf — Jaime Johnston — Jonesboro, GA

We will be demonstrating #FujiNet for Atari & Commodore 8bit systems. #FujiNet is also in development for other platforms including Coleco Adam, Apple II, ZX Spectrum, etc. We will also be introducing “Meatloaf”, an alternative firmware using the same or similar hardware with some extended Commodore specific features. FujiNet began as a network adapter for Atari 8-bit personal computers and has grown into a multi-use all-purpose peripheral targeting multiple vintage computers. The current hardware is based on the ESP32-WROVER module with a microSD card for holding disk images, configuration files, and pdf printer output. Firmware provides wireless access to disk images stored in the cloud using the TNFS protocol. Other “protocol adapters” provide a streamlined interface to telnet, http, ftp, etc.

Tiny Replicas (and some bigger ones too!) — Marc Tessier — Columbus, GA

Come see Marc’s 3D printed tiny replicas of micro computers and game consoles along with working replicas of the Enigma machine and Apollo Guidance Computer!  Marc will also be speaking on the creation on the Enigma and AGC replicas.

A History of the Graphical User Interface — Nathan Lineback — Marietta, GA

See where Microsoft Windows started, what GUIs came before it and try them out for yourself, at a blazing 4.77mhz. Interactive demonstrations of VisiCorp Visi-On a GUI for the PC that came before Windows, Microsoft Windows 1.0, and many more such as GeoWorks, GEM, OS/2, and even Microsoft BOB!

Sincere Computers! — Theodore A Evans — Marietta, GA

A first at VCF SE — Computers from Europe!   We’ve had Japanese MSX machines, but for the first time, we’ll get to see some from Europe.   This exhibit will have Sinclair and Sinclair compatible computers Spectrum and QL.