VCF SE 2.0 Exhibits

Registered Exhibits

The Doom LAN returns with extras…
Samuel Lysinger (Atlanta, GA, United States)
The Doom LAN returns. The PCs and monitors have been further downgraded to be more period correct. No dents, dust, or scratches have been removed in the making of this exhibit.

There will also be an extra attraction!

On display will be a collection of early PC networking gear that paved the way for Doom, and games like it, to come into being.

There will be no Death Match, so play cooperatively or give up your seat.

My Computer Collection is Older Than I Am
Ben Bolgla (Atlanta, GA, United States)
Sixth grader Ben Bolgla has been collecting computers and other retro tech for more than half of his life. His exhibit features vintage Apple computers from the 1980s and 1990s, including: a MacIntosh Plus, an Apple IIc, a clamshell iBook G3, and a MacIntosh Portable.

Enjoy fun, interactive displays for kids of all ages. Play vintage games like Space Invaders and Missile Command on period-correct gear. See inside computers to about learn how they work.

Ben is proud that the bulk of his collection has been salvaged, rescued, or donated by original owners.

His new website, will feature interviews and reviews about vintage and new tech trends and products.

Small Computers From the Big Guys
Brian Stuart (Gloucester, NJ, United States)
At the same time the likes of Altair, Imsai, Apple, Tandy, and Commodore were developing the personal computer segment, some of the established companies, like HP, DEC, and later Sun built small computers as well. This exhibit will feature examples like the HP 9825, HP 85, LSI-11, DEC Pro, AT&T; Unix PC, and Sun workstations.

MSX computers evolution
Olivier Hustin (Marietta, GA, United States)
This exhibit will present the evolution of the MSX computers from early 1983 MSX1 models to the 2013 Zemmix Neo Lite MSX console.

Rare models of MSX computers from Japan, Europe, South America and Middle east will be on display as well as home-brew software and hardware.

Home Computer War of the 1980’s
Peter Rittwage (Augusta, GA, United States)
Exhibition of all the computers involved in the home computer price/market share wars of the early 1980’s.

Most kids of the 80’s begged their parents for a home computer so it could help with their “homework” but it was usually just to play games!

When it became apparent that people *really* were going to buy computers for the home to help their kids enter the electronic age, a price war led to cut-throat pricing and several companies exiting from the market. We’ll show all the computers involved, software, and common peripherals that would have been used at the time.

You can play with them an decide for yourself!

Atari 800 Runs CP/M, ANTIC, Floppy Days Podcasts
Brad Arnold (Lawrenceville, GA, United States)
SEE! A box stock Atari 800
SEE! An Atari 810 floppy drive
SEE! A pair of “standard” floppy drives
SEE! An 8″ Shugart floppy drive
SEE! Them all connected to the Atari 800
BE amazed when the Atari 800 boots and runs CP/M!Plus meet the gang
ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Podcast
A retrocomputing podcast about the Atari 8-bit line of personal computers.Floppy Days
The vintage commuting podcast for all types of retrocomputers.

Modern meets Baby Blue / Live Dial-up BBS
Alan Hightower (Austell, GA, United States)
Exhibition of IBM’s biggest flop – the PCjr. Includes various units with rare expansion options from the 80’s and today including a how the XT-IDE for the PCjr – or JR-IDE for short – came about from one of it’s creators. Also includes a live multi-line dial-up BBS running on vintage hardware and connected to the show’s PBX. Various exhibits around the hall, including an ASR33 Teletype, can call into the BBS via modems connected to the show PBX. The world needs more modem tones!

From Minis to Micros
Kyle Owen (Auburn, AL, United States)
Stop by to see a working, booting DEC PDP-8/M. This machine will boot OS/8 and can run exciting applications such as BASIC, an assorted variety of games, and even a music program that plays tunes over the airwaves! There will also be an Intel Intellec 4 MOD 40 there doing something very special that you won’t want to miss!

Altair 8800 Clone
Mike Douglas (Sachse, TX, United States)
The Altair 8800 Clone is a full size, fully functional replica of the computer that started a revolution – the Altair 8800.

The Atlair Clone duplicates the look, feel, features and performance of the original Altair, but it does with modern hardware on the inside. This makes the Clone much more reliable than a vintage computer. It also allows you to re-live this exciting period in computing history “hands on” without having to worry about damaging a vintage or museum quality computer.

Internet Appliances and the Oddball
David Greelish (Johns Creek, GA, United States)
This exhibit will be displaying three “classic” internet appliances of the dot-com boom. The 3Com Audrey, Netpliance i-Opener and the Virgin Webplayer. Haven’t you always wanted an internet capable computer at your bedside? How about in the kitchen? This WAS “the future!”

Plus an odd multi-use / all-in-one computer from the early 90s called the Canon Navigator.

Sun Rise, Sun Set
Earl Baugh (Alpharetta, Georgia, United States)
A display of some of the machines manufactured by Sun Microsystems.

This will include their Multibus systems (Sun 2/120)
VME Based Systems (Sun 3/110)
SBus Based Systems (Sparcstation 5 thru 20)
and some of the more recent PCI based Ultra’s.

We will have actual system boards on display as well as some of the assembled systems.

Hewlett-Packard From 1939 to the 21st century
Earl Baugh (Alpharetta, Georgia, United States)
A display of various technology HP has produced from their founding in 1939 to the 21st century.
(items generously loaned from the HP Graphic Arts Experience Center in Alpharetta)

Epson QX-10 and Valdocs
Mickey Dossey (Roswell, GA, United States)
Arguably the most sophisticated 8-bit system produced, the QX-10 with its user-friendly Valdocs software was unable to compete with the new IBM PC and Apple Macintosh. However, the Epson did impress with unique capabilities – many of which inspired features that would become common in future systems.

Hardly Portable
Flash Corliss (Mableton, GA, United States)
In the beginning, computers filled rooms and used vast amounts of electricity. As the electronics shrunk, so did the footprint. It wasn’t long before the computer could fit on a desk, and people saw the power of having a personal computer in their lives. Well, what is more personal than taking the computer with you? Enter the “portable” computer era. Starting with the CP/M transportables (Osborne, Zorba, Kaypro, Tandy), and ending with the pocket computers (Sharp, Casio, HP), gaze upon the different techniques required to go from desktop to pocket, and CRT to LCD.

Make it Yourself
Flash Corliss (Mableton, GA, United States)
So you missed out on all of the early computer buzz in the 1970’s. Ah, so sad. Well, don’t fret! Today you can actually buy and build new “retro” kits just like the bell bottom wearing days of yesteryear. See modern Altair kits from Grant Stockly and Vince Briel, Cosmac 1802 kits from Spare Time Gizmos and Lee Hart, plus many other one-off kits you can build today. So, if you want to toggle in your hand written machine code, we’ll show you how it is done. A few of these kits will be available for sale at the show.

Are You Keeping Up With The Commodore?
Jim Brain (Muscatine, IA, United States)
‘Cause the Commodore’s Keeping Up With You!

Known (and parodied through the years) as one of the more interesting sales pitches for the Commodore line of computers in the 1980’s, Commodore’s advertising slogan rings true even today. Access the Internet through the Commodore 64, run programs on the VIC-20 from Secure Digital Flash media, and utilize the venerable 1541 disk drive from your fancy 21st century 64 bit Windows computer system.

Modern meets Mint / Pioneering UNIX Iron
Alan Hightower (Austell, GA, United States)
Exhibit of AT&T; 3B2 UNIX Minis and early Sun workstations. Also the ultimate modern meets vintage marriage between a 120 MHz Pentium Packard Bell Corner Computer single handedly running dual HD-2.5K digital signage displays.

Personal Trainers
Flash Corliss (Mableton, GA, United States)
Just as one needs to work their physical body muscles to gain strength and endurance, so must he provide training to the brain to master the new world of microcomputers. But In the beginning of the 1970’s, there were no trainers for the early computer chips. So companies started building microprocessor trainers and programmers. Come see early trainers from Pro-Log, Livermore Lab, Heathkit, and Fox that helped engineers quickly learn and get to market products based on the microprocessors from Intel, RCA, Zilog, and Motorola.

Pre-Retro Pocket Computing
Kyle Owen (Auburn, AL, United States)
A large collection of slide rules, an adding machine, several arithmometers, and early electronic calculators will be on display courtesy of Brian Stuart, Kyle Owen, and others.

Before Halo…
John Leake (Crestview, FL, United States)
Before Halo there was MARATHON! Help John, from the RetroMacCast, celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bungie’s first person shooter masterpiece. He will be setting up a selection of vintage macs for some hands on LAN party fun. Other early Mac LAN games are also a possibility.

Tic-Tac-Toe Computer 1961
Jim B. Steiner (Atlanta, GA, United States)
Jim’s game computer was designed from scratch and constructed using parts and electro-mechanical relays from 6 pinball machines.

The computer was started as a project for the high school humanities class. When the science fair coordinator heard about the computer project, he showed me a picture of the 1960 National Science Fair winner and encouraged me to finish the computer in time to enter it in the school science fair. This picture and the story of the October Sky Rocket Boys from the small town of Coalwood, West Virginia winning the 1960 National Science Fair, inspired me to finish the computer in time to enter the school science fair.

The Tic-Tac-Toe Computer progressed from the High School Science Fair to the Regional Science Fair and to the State Science Fair.

Commodore Bulletin Boards
Jeff Stokes (Duluth, GA, United States)
The 1980’s were the height of the BBS. The Commodore 64 BBS scene was particularly huge! One of the many reasons was the PETSCI character set and the way that colors could be changed. This led to the creation of many colorful BBSs! There are still a few Commodore BBSs up and running today. They are not accessed through a telephone anymore, but over the internet. Want to log-in to some of these BBSs and see them running live?

Stop by my booth and you can do just that! I will also be playing an endless slide show (on a real C-64) of some of the PETSCII art that came off of many of these old BBSs. There will also be documentary videos playing for all to enjoy.

Software Preservation Society presents Kryoflux
Software Preservation Soc (, , United States)
KryoFlux is a USB-based floppy controller designed specifically for reliability, precision, and getting low-level reads suitable for software preservation. It’s here, it’s there and it’s working – today. This is the original developed by The Software Preservation Society, the authority in authentic disk imaging and floppy disk preservation. SPS experts are industry veterans with more than 25 years of experience in computers and media archival, also including film restoration, transfer and archival. Chances are good you’ve used one of their applications (e.g. X-Copy and Cyclone) or played one of their games (e.g. Abandoned Places) in the past. Code designed by our engineers is being used in millions of industrial and consumer products, and if you’ve ever used a next-gen game console, chances are again good you’ve also already used it without ever noticing.

The exhibit will include a “dumping station” where users can be assisted with making perfect digital snapshots of their floppy media, and several computers will be set up to demonstrate imaging and writing out, and testing preserved copies.

Inside the Commodore 64
Nolan Gilmore (Atlanta, GA, United States)
A deconstruction of one of the world’s favorite personal computers of the 1980’s. Nolan will display the inner workings of the C64 and a floppy drive, along with a functional system with some games to play.