Consignment VCF East 2022

VCF East has a new and improved process for organizing the consignment process. We have a electronic Point-Of-Sale terminal that will make the process more organized, accurate and faster to process.

Drop-off for consignment is from 5:00pm until 10:00pm on Friday, April 22nd, 2022. If you cannot make this time, you may also drop off during the time that consignment is open.

The hours for consignment at the upcoming VCF event will be:

Saturday, April 23rd, 2022, 9:00am until 5:00pm

Sunday, April 24th, 2022, 9:00am until 4:00pm

Consignment will be located in the cafeteria of building 9010C. Entry is through the front door of building 9010D.

Here are links to the consignment sales forms, information on you, and how you wish to be paid:

Consignee Address and Payout Information

Consignment Sale Sheet (for you to fill out)

Instructions for using the spreadsheet are in the document.

Please fill out the consignment sale sheet, as soon as possible, with all of the items listed that you wish to consign. You may also email back the consignment sheets to:

CONSIGN-EAST AT VCFED DOT ORG

or you may deliver the spreadsheet (in electronic format, please!) to us when you drop off your items. Priority will be given to submissions received earlier.

Check with the volunteer on duty for the location of the free pile. Space will be limited, so first come, first served.

You must collect all of your unsold items on Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm sharp. Failure to pick up your items may result in VCF withholding payment for other items sold.

Thanks!

Check out these great vendors at VCF East 2022!

  • Jeff’s Vintage Electronics – S100 boards, 8 bit trainers, Apple ][ parts, computer terminals, electronic components, miscellaneous vintage computer parts.
    • Jeff’s Vintage Electronics
    • Tucson, AZ
    • E-mail: jeffs.vintage.electronics@gmail.com
  • Francis Bernier – Commodore 64 related accessories. Website: http://3dpxl.com/
  • Eli Tomlinson – Vintage computer software – C64, Amiga, Apple II, DOS. Website: https://elisoftware.org/
  • RETRO Innovations – Jim Brain – Contemporary Components for Classic Computers: Commodore, TI, TRS-80, and more. Website: https://go4retro.com/
  • Johan Grip – C128 Neo Website https://c128.se/

 

VCF East 2022 will be live streamed on YouTube

Good news!
VCF East 2022 will be streamed live again this year! This will be still be a free stream. We will stream all three days: April 22, 23, 24. Our schedule is found here: https://vcfed.org/events/vintage-computer-festival-east/vcf-east-schedule/

Our YouTube channel is: https://www.youtube.com/c/VintageComputerFederation501c3

VCF East 2022 – Day 1 (Friday) = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8YewJD8tqM
VCF East 2022 – Day 2 (Saturday) = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fz22j2QZftg
VCF East 2022 – Day 3 (Sunday) = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULuIRI1L2wU

We will only be streaming the talks in Room 1 and not the rest of the show (i.e. Exhibits, Kit Workshops, Consignment, Apple 2 Classroom). After the show is over we will process the individual talks and post them in our channel a few weeks after the show.

Despite the increased costs of the show this year, we wanted to continue to fulfil the mission of the Vintage Computer Federation: To preserve computing history through education, outreach, conservation, and restoration. We strive to accomplish this through family friendly hands-on activities at our museum, at regional and global events, and by fostering and nurturing the expansion of our on-line and in-person communities.

In order keep these live streams free, we need donations, please consider making a donation to our organization. In addition to supporting our festivals, any donations will support our ongoing museum projects.

We are currently raising funds for:

  • Construct climate control for storage warehouse.
  • Renovation of a our new larger museum space.
  • Operational costs of curation of our museum.
  • Operational costs of maintaining our warehouse.
  • Cost of running local events.

There are many ways that you can donate:
PayPal : paypal@vcfed.org
Check : P.O. Box 417, Eatontown, NJ 07724
Cash: In-person at any of our events.

Thanks you for your support!

Updated April 18, 2022.

Commodore Employee Fireside Chat at VCF East 2022!

Do you recognize this guy?

That’s Bil Herd co-inventor of the Commodore 128 microcomputer.

How about this one?

That’s Dave Haynie co-inventor of several Commodore Amiga microcomputers.

How about this one?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s Andy Finkel. Software engineer on several Commodore Amiga microcomputers.

All of these people list above worked for a company called Commodore which made some of the best selling, innovative microcomputers of all time!

Would you like to meet these people?

Well you are in luck! We are excited to announce the biggest Commodore employee reunion in years!

Where can you find them? At VCF East 2022!

Everyone loved our Virtual VCF 2020 gabfest between Bil Herd and Dave Haynie. Well this year’s gabfest will be many times bigger!

On Friday, April 22 will be the technical talks:

12:30 to 2PM: Bil Herd and Albert Charpentier will be discussing the technical aspects of the Commodore VIC and VIC-II chip.

2:30PM to 4PM: Dave Haynie and Andy Finkel will be discussing the technical aspects of the Amiga microchips.

On Saturday, April 23 will be the COMMODORE EMPLOYEE FIRESIDE CHAT from 12:30PM to 2:30PM!!!

  • Bil Herd – Co-creator of the Commodore 128, Plus/4
  • Dave Haynie – Co-creator of the Amiga 4000
  • Andy Finkel – member of the VIC Commandos, was C64 developer software manager, head of the games group, software manager, Amiga software manager, then director of Amiga software, then CDTV consultant.
  • Neil Harris – One of the Vic-20 Commandos that successfully brought bring the Vic-20 to market
  • Bob Russell – Instrumental in the development of the C64 and Vic-20
    • Pet Computer: 2nd Generation (4000 & 8000 series)
      Original CBM dual floppy disk drive
      VIC-20: Convinced Management to make this a ‘real computer’
      P and B Series: Oversaw the Kernel development.
      C-64 and MAX
      1541 Disk Drive: Software to work with the C-64 timing.
      Z8000 Business Machines
  • Benny Pruden – Numerous Commodore hardware and software projects including:
    • Commodore Cash Register firmware (including printer mechanism driver)
    • Pet Business BASIC extensions
    • CP/M, CP/M-86, & Concurrent CP/M  BIOS(s) for Super Pet
    • 1541 C64 floppy firmware release
    • C64 Cheap / Fast floppy disk
    • Super Pet Kernel bank switching routines
    • 1541 C64 floppy disk cost reduction
    • Z8 based Universal Format floppy driver
    • Another Fast Floppy disk prototype (With H/W shift register acceleration)
    • Universal Format floppy custom chip architecture & firmware driver 
    • Amiga evaluation & floppy tweak
  • Joe Myshko -VAX system administrator
  • Cary Sagedy Amiga Genloc, Emmy winning Broadcast camera for RCA
  • Hedley DavisLCD, 1351 Mouse, A3000, The Hedley Davis Memorial Disk Drive, SX52, A2024 Hires Monitor, CDTV-CR., XBOX, 3DO, WebTV. Spinning globe demo, debugged TED cassette code, Hedley Hires display.
  • Dave Esposito – Calma IC Layout at MOS

Following the fireside chat will a birthday party for the Commodore 64. Celebrating its 40th birthday!

Don’t miss your chance to see this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Women in Vintage Computers at VCF East 2022


One of the themes for Vintage Computer Festival East is “Women in Computing”. My Idea for this theme started with one woman: Margaret Morabito. She wrote a book titled “Vintage Commodore 128 Personal Computer Handbook” published in 2019. More recently she collaborated on a book with one of the creators of the Commodore 128 computer, Bil Herd. After they both talked about their book during VCF West in 2021 I was curious to know more about her. Through my research I discovered that she was a technical editor for RUN magazine for many years. RUN Magazine was published from January 1984 until December 1992. The magazine contained articles about Commodore 8-bit home computers and peripherals as well as reviews on available software packages. In addition, every issue featured several type-in programs written in BASIC and/or machine language. The magazine’s name came from the BASIC command “RUN”, which started execution of the computer’s program, presumably typed in from the magazine.

Even though I had subscribed to that magazine years ago, I had never heard of her. My original thought was to create a theme around authors of magazines, books and other publications from the vintage computer era. I called to ask her to be a speaker for our show and find out more about her. I learned that she designed and ran the Tutoring Center, the Q-Link Community College and Parent-Teacher Information Exchange. Q-Link was an online service for the Commodore 64 back in the 1980’s when most people connected to each other and to online services through telephone modems. She later ran the school on other services such as GEnie, Delphi, CompuServe, AppleLink, AOL, and PCLink. These were early online services back in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Most are defunct, but some like AOL continue to this day. Amazed at her experience, I thought that maybe there were other women in vintage computing besides the “big names” from history that I had read about like Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper and the ENIAC programmers.

Continue reading “Women in Vintage Computers at VCF East 2022”

Website fixed.

We have discovered the solution to our website having so many 500 server errors. This has been a persistent problem for the past year and elusive as to the cause.
The problem has been fixed on 3/29/2022, then we moved to another server on 3/30/2022.
Please clear your cache, and restart your browser to clear the 404 error. If you did this on 3/29, then you will have to do it again on 3/30.
Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience!
We will be updating many of our pages now that things are running smoothly and we can update without errors. Some changes and updates were not going through in recent months.
VCF East is in high gear and we hope to see all of you there!
VCF West is in the early planning stages and set for August.

Updated March 30, 2022

VCF East 2022 – Pre Event Survey

Vintage Computer Federation is looking to gather feedback on our upcoming VCF East event.

Please fill out this brief survey to help us to create better events for everyone: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X3KRG5L

This is an anonymous survey that will help us plan our events.

Thanks so much for your help!
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Jeff Brace
Vintage Computer Festival East Showrunner

Website errors

Hello everyone,

You may have encountered some 503 and other server errors trying to access our website for the past year or so. It is a problem with out WordPress installation. We have been trying to troubleshoot the existing installation for the past few months, but the fixes haven’t lasted. Locating the exact problem has been elusive and our fixes haven’t worked. So we will be installing a fresh copy of WordPress onto a completely new server and copying our web pages over. We are hoping that fresh install will alleviate the problems that we have been having for the past year. We hope to complete this change over the next week. There many be a few hours when the website is unavailable. We will do our best to minimize the time and let you know in advance.

Sorry for any inconvenience!

Thanks you for your continued support and patience!

VCF East 2022 Exhibitor Deadline is April 1

To all those wishing to do an exhibit for VCF East 2022, the exhibitor deadline is fast approaching. The deadline is April 1, so if you want to do an exhibit, then please register for it quickly! We still have room for exhibitors, but it’s going to start filling up quickly.

Exhibitor registration is found through this link: Exhibitor Registration

Check here for a list of currently registered exhibits: Currently Registered Exhibits

Dates are April 22, 23, 24, 2022

Location: InfoAge Science and History Museums, Wall, NJ

For more information on our show: VCF East Info