VCF East in the mirror, VCF Europa this weekend!

Vintage Computer Festival East was awesome. Several hundred people attended. Event staff heard tons of positive remarks about the keynote speakers, the venue’s new (Federation-run) computer museum, and the quality of the show exhibits.

Many people posted their pictures of the exhibit hall (usually taken off-hours, which is why there aren’t many people blocking the view). Here are a few of the galleries:

Bill Degnan’s pictures

Mike Loewen’s pictures

Herb Johnson’s pictures

Dan Roganti’s pictures

We will add more as they go online. We’ll also post some video soon!

Meanwhile, be sure to check out the Vintage Computer Festival Europa this weekend in Munich, Germany!

VCF East is one week away!

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights…. there probably won’t be any comedic puppets but you will have just as much fun at the Vintage Computer Festival East next week.

Come see TWO original Apple 1 computers and a Kenbak-1. DEC minicomputers, Altairs, Commodores, and everything else. There will be several dozen hands-on exhibits of your favorite 1960s-1980s systems. You’ll also see our newly doubled-in-size computer museum, plus all the other museums at the InfoAge Science Center campus which hosts us.

Classes start Friday. Exhibits are Saturday and Sunday, when kids get in free!

Stop by during the weekend and we promise you’ll have an incredibly fun experience at the VCF East. Pro tip: save time getting in by purchasing your tickets in advance.

Coming soon! VCF Southeast, VCF East

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast and Vintage Computer Festival East are both just a few weeks away.

Southeast (April 2-3, Roswell, Georgia) has 23 exhibits and three keynotes, including early Apple industrial designer Jerry Manock, microprocessor pioneer Ray Holt (a VCF West veteran), and Commodore engineer Bil Herd (a VCF East veteran). Get all the details.

East (April 15-17, Wall, New Jersey) has 29 exhibits, several technical classes, and three keynotes, including Kenbak-1 inventor John Blankenbaker, Computer Chronicles host Stewart Chiefet, and Computer Lib / Dream Machines author Ted Nelson. Get all the details.

Exhibit registration is still open for both shows.

Setting up the expanded museum in NJ

We closed our NJ museum last month and we’re re-opening with twice the exhibit space in time for VCF East next month. This past weekend we brought in some big iron: half of our UNIVAC 1219B mainframe, circa 1965; a Cray YMP-EL supercomputer, from 1992; and a StorageTek 9710 Library Storage Module, hailing from 1995.

943964_1225519930799441_7668163154575092564_nThe UNIVAC is the same model used aboard Navy ships for weapons control. Left to right: UNIVAC 1219B computer, a.k.a. Mk.-152 Digital Fire Control Computer, a.k.a. CP-848; UNIVAC 1540 Magnetic Tape, a.k.a. Mk.-19 Digital Data Recorder, a.k.a. RD-294; Ocean Tech Mk.-75 Signal Data Converter; a custom digital switching unit built Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (which donated the whole system); and UNIVAC 1532 I/O console, a.k.a. MK-77 I/O console, a.k.a. OA-7984.

12814301_1225519967466104_6444040024590820906_nThe supercomputer and tape library will be part of an exhibit of “modern history”. The wall behind them will be painted circuit board green and will have pictures of several dozen other recently-obsoleted products, such fax machines, Rolodex, paper maps, handheld game consoles, and so on. A sign across the top will state: “Everything on this wall now fits in your pocket.” We’ll have trace-like lines going from each item along the edges to a modern smartphone in the center.

Not pictured but also recently moved in: a 1956 Bendix G-15 vacuum tube computer, a custom 1958 George Philbrick analog computer originally built for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s mechanical engineering department, and a 1965 IBM 1130.

Coming soon: lots of minicomputers and dozens of microcomputers!

Our N.J. museum is getting a makeover

20160220_184754Our museum in Wall, New Jersey (based at the InfoAge Science Center) closed last month and will re-open in time to host the Vintage Computer Festival East April 15-17. The new facility will have more than 2x the exhibition space of our old facility, along with a small classroom/workshop area and a new double-wide doorway so we can display larger systems such as our UNIVAC 1219-B. We’re also putting in all new furniture and all new signs. It’s going to be MUCH nicer than the old museum.