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VCFed: The History of The Gui
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by Ian Litchfield, Thomas Gilinsky, CJ Reha, Douglas Crawford

TRS-80 Model II Boards Collection
I will be exhibiting a collection of almost every board produced for the Model II/16 line of computers (appx 30 different boards), including some rare examples like an x86 compatibility board and a 4MB XENIX board. I will also display a working open Model II computer to show the computer architecture and demonstrate how the boards were installed in the computer.
by Pete Cetinski

More Motorola MC88k processor UNIX workstations
I’ll have a Tektronix XD88 model 10 – unix workstation, and another working 88k unix workstation.
by Maki Kato

Think Different: The Legacy of Apple’s RISC Revolution
Step back in time and rediscover the roots of the tech revolution with three legendary Apple machines: the Apple II+, the Power Mac G4, and the Power Mac G5. Apple II+ – Where it all began. Remember the clacking of the floppy drive and the bright green glow of the CRT displays? The Apple II+ wasn’t just a computer, it was a portal to a world of possibilities. From text adventures and pixelated graphics to AppleWorks, the ][+ empowered a generation to code, create, and connect. Power Mac G4 MDD – Speed & Style take over. Also known as: The sleek beast that redefined power and design. The G4’s iconic curves housed a roaring processor that tackled video editing, music production, and 2000s gaming with ease. This wasn’t just a machine, it was a statement piece that declared, “the future is here.” Power Mac G5 – A peek into the future. The G5’s futuristic aluminum case housed a revolutionary 64-bit processor, making Apple one of the first to discover the next generation of computing. This wasn’t just a PC. This was a revolutionary innovation that inspired every modern PC or Macs. These Macs are much more than just machines, these are stories. Each click, whirr, and chime tells a story of creativity, innovation, and the evolution of technology. Come explore these iconic Apple computers, relive the past, and imagine the future. Join us on this journey through time and discover the magic that lives within these machines.
by Charlie Bauer, Adam Bauer

The Seequa and the Homebrew, Two Z80 Computers
First showcasing a rather odd PC Clone known as the Seequa Chameleon, this oddity has both an 8088 CPU and a Z80 for MS DOS and CP/M. Not much is known about its origins save for the manuals I have for it. And next in line is a Z80 Homebrew of my design; The BittyZ80! 2 years of design and development leads to a fully functional homebrew with Video, Sound, Serial, and PS/2 Keyboard compatibility!
by Edgardo Saez

The Dutch computers you’ve never seen
From the HomeComputerMuseum we’ll bring in a few true Dutch computers. The Netherlands were, together with the United States and United Kingdom, one of the first countries to adopt computers. The Dutch are using computers since the 70s and since 1980 in schools. The Philips P2000T is a computer which we’ll bring and is used in schools in the Netherlands. We’ll also bring a few, for US, never seen computers to demonstrate. Of course we can also tell you why an Exidy Sorcerer is common in the Netherlands and what the computers were back in the 70s, 80s and 90s.
by Bart van den Akker, Johan Grip

BigBadBench: repairs and restorations
On my youtube channel (youtube.com/@bigbadbench), I repair and restore all manner of vintage computers. I’ll bring a few different styles (at least one Mac, one PC, and one SGI) that I have restored on my channel. The systems will be booted to their GUIs and have software/games installed for people to play with. I’ll also bring an array of soldering and diagnostic equipment to do some repairs of boards live during the event.
by John Castorino

40 Years of Macintosh
Starting with the Lisa and Macintosh, this exhibit will have every Compact Mac, plus some unique oddities from Apple’s line. Launching in January of 1984, the Macintosh computer is now 40 years old! To celebrate, there will be one of each of the compact Macs, plus the Lisa 2, and some other unique and weird Macs from over the years.
by Ryan Burke

Early IBM Midrange from The System Source Computer Museum
Sixty Years of IBM Midrange Computing
by Ryan Schiff

Colorful Apples and Weird Systems
Come see a variety of graphics-capable systems with unique video capture, color dot matrix printers, and high-resolution displays!
by Steve Matarazzo, Mike Stanhope, Sean Malseed

Doing more with less with GEOS
GEOS/GeoWorks on C64, C128, Apple II and IBM XT clone
by Jonathan Sturges, Alex Jacocks

The Serial Port
The 1990s come alive through a showcase of Cobalt RaQ web server appliances, a popular solution for your local ISP needing to serve up webpages! Fire up Microsoft FrontPage, one of the first WYSIWYG editors, to craft classic web pages complete with marquee texts and flashy GIFs. We’ll crawl through Geocities archives for the coolest GIF icons and embossed logos. Web pages will be hosted on an operational Cobalt RaQ server, managed with its cutting-edge web based control panel.
by Ben Grubbs

Genericable
Ever wonder about the equipment that you would see in a Cable TV Headend? We demonstrate the local forecast computers from The Weather Channel, Prevue Guide, Emergency Alert System (EAS), analog channel scrambling, community broadcast character generator, DOCSIS Cable Modem system, and the Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial (HFC) equipment that delivers RF over light, miles to your house! Interact with our headend gear, as if you’re the headend operator of the 90s and see it live! Also, surf the retro-internet through a cable modem and ‘watch TV’ from the comfort of our exhibit!
by Brian L., Jesse C., Mike B., Ethan B., Kelby B., Nikki C., Ari W., Kyle S., Mike M.

80’s Luggables
Interactive exhibit featuring what was considered portable computing in the early 80’s. Games and other programs will be made available for you to interact with a Compaq Portable (MS-DOS), an Osborne Executive (Z80 CP/M), a Macintosh SE and finally and Altair 8800 with a paper tape reader !
by Nicolas Mailloux, Nicolas Rousse

OS What-Ifs: Two 90s Operating Systems That Never Made It
Behind the scenes of commercial software development there are always products that never make it to stores. Mac OS Copland and Windows Neptune were two such examples from Apple and Microsoft, intending to replace their older operating systems, but both were canceled mid-development for various reasons. Both of these never-released operating systems are running on (mostly) period accurate hardware to showcase the features and quirks that never made it to any production software.
by Katherine Ahlskog

My Story Starts With a Computer
I am Justin D. Morgan, host of Computerized Start on YouTube, and per family legend, I wanted a computer for my first Christmas. Let me share with you my first computing firsts, as I explore the computers my generation grew up on to inspire the next.
by Justin D. Morgan

Macs & Hacs – Collin Mistr
A unique collection of handheld Hackintoshes, vintage Macs, and official Mac clones, being exhibited by dosdude1 and DosLab Electronics. Display includes machines such as the Sony Vaio UX and Toshiba Libretto ultra-mobile PCs, along with interesting Macs, such as a G4-upgraded iMac G3, and a Motorola StarMax Mac clone, all running various forms of Apple operating systems.

PDP-8 Computer Art – David Gesswein
PDP-8 with plotter art and ASCII art.

FujiNet: The First Five Years – Jeff Piepmeier

Five Years of FujiNet! This is the year of new “bring-ups,” exciting advances, and more features for FujiNet, the multi-peripheral network device for vintage computer enthusiasts. FujiNet made its way onto two new platforms and will be demonstrating the compact Macintosh (68k) and the TRS-80 Color Computer prototypes. The team made firmware and hardware advances for the Apple II+/e/c/gs and Commodore VIC-20/64/16/Plus4 and will be showing the Apple II production FujiNet device. Atari 400/800/XL/XE remains a perennial favorite seeing the development of aNode Desktop and moar High Score Enabled games – you can compete with your friends and other Atari gamers! The game lobby and original multiplayer games emerged onto the scene leveraging the distinctive network device and protocol adaptors. More vendors are producing devices enabled by FujiNet’s open source licenses making FujiNet more widely available. The team is more active than ever and looking forward to reaching all vintage platforms.

Baudot Teletypes (from the Baudot Basement) – John Lucas

On display will be a very early Model 15, a model 28, and a model 32 teletype. Each machine is operational and will be available for attendees to experience. TTY news feeds will be hammered out throughout the day. Parts and parts machines will also be on display for examination. Stop by and punch out a message in 5-bit baudot, and find out how over 60 characters could be sent with only 32 unique combinations. Learn some of the history and uses of these ancient and beautiful clockwork machines.

Heathkit Corner – Alex Bodnar

This will exhibit the heathkit h89 floppy system and also the Heathkit H11 which is the Heathkit version of the PDP11/03.

Clones of South America – Ricardo Setti

In the 80s, both Brazil and Argentina had legislations that were focused on sponsoring the local technology industry. However instead of achieving the main goal, the scenario was open for clone manufacturing, giving birth to a whole industry of computer copies.
The Drean Commodore, from Argentina, and the TK line, from Brazil, are a few examples we will bring to the expo.

50+ Years of Ethernet and LANs – Stephen Mayo

It been over 50 years since Ethernet was conceived in Xerox’s legendary PARC and 40 years since standardization. See how Ethernet and opposing LAN technologies evolved from from 1mbit to 400gbit with actual cables, connectors and equipment. Go hands on with a LAN traffic generator and the famous HP Internet Advisor. Enjoy a 90s multi-site network with central and remote offices and client server applications. See how it was to multi-player game over a WAN link. Particular focus will be given to 3Com equipment which commercialized the first Ethernet products.

RCA COSMAC 1802 Computers – Josh Bensadon, Walter Miraglia

RCA COSMAC 1802. The 1802 Microprocessor by Joseph Weisbecker. Several RCA, 3rd party and homebrew computers which use this special chip. Directly from RCA, the COSMAC Development system, Microtutor Trainers, VIP Computer and RCA Studio II Game Console. 3rd Party Netronics ELF II, Quest Super ELF and World ComX-35. Home brew ELF as it appears in the Popular Electronics Aug 1976 article, VELF, and JVIP. Also displaying some of Ed Keefe’s Reproduction computers. Unfortunately, we will not be displaying the Galileo Space probe, as it was crashed into Jupiter and could not be retrieved.

Pushing Heathkit to New Heights – Glenn Roberts

The venerable Heathkit H8 and H89 computers were early pioneer systems that adapted well in the face of rapid changes in the early 80s. Supported by an innovative third-party vendor community and a unique blend of loyal hobbyist and professional users, these systems found useful lives well into the era of the IBM PC. This exhibit will highlight ways users have pushed these systems to the limit with high resolution graphics and CPU and storage enhancements. Today’s vintage computerists have found innovative ways to marry old and new. Examples include using the Tang Nano FPGA board to drive HDMI graphics output, solid state modules to support USB/Flash drive file transfer, and porting the RomWBW ROM-based implementation of the Z-System and CP/M 80 to the H8 platform. The venerable UCSD P-System will also be demonstrated as one of the earliest microcomputer-based integrated development systems. The exhibit will also show how modern 3-D printing and other Maker technologies have made it possible to replicate and repair older components that have been lost or damaged over the decades.

The Plot Thickens: Pen Plotter History and Artistry – Paul Rickards, James Hageman, Erin Sicuranza

Learn about the history of the pen plotter, its use in the development of early computer graphics, and recent rediscovery and use today in fine art. See live demonstrations of plotters from HP, Roland, and more.

Dave’s Retro Video Lab – David Distinti, Gregg Allen

Dave’s Retro Video Lab Youtube channel checks out old video gear from yesteryear. Dave reviews and tests vintage consumer video gear from the 80s, 90s and 2000s.

Modern Add-Ons for Classic Amigas! – Dave Test, Amiga Bill

The hobbyist hardware scene continues to make amazing add-ons for our beloved classic Amigas. From new cases, RGB lighting, and quality-of-life improvements to massive speed and RAM boosts, fast networking, cutting-edge RTG graphics, and new ARM and FPGA-based systems, come see the latest hardware and accessories the Amiga community has to offer!

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Updated February 10, 2024.