VCF East 2021 was a great success!

I got a lot of positive feedback about our successful show. I heard from people in person as well as through our mailing list and websites such as Hackaday and a mention in article interviewing Michael Tomczyk.

I’m the showrunner for VCF East 2021 and I want first of all thank all of the exhibitors for their great displays. The World of IBM exhibit room was out of this world! Thanks to all the organizers of this exhibit to make a truly unique exhibit space when they took over an entire exhibit room!

I want to thank all the great speakers which was a fantastic lineup and will be hard to beat in subsequent years.
Thank you to all of the volunteers, especially the Sea Cadets who really filled in all the gaps for supporting our show. I couldn’t have run such a successful show without all the great volunteers.
Our A/V crew brought us up to a whole new level with Ethan, Andy and their crew. It was such a fantastic upgrade from the amateurish and crude days where we had setup our personal cameras, pressed record and walked away. These guys truly look like professionals with the lighting, OBS setup with multiple camera angles, slide view, etc. They even setup an overflow room when the main room filled up.
Alex did an awesome job in consignment which is a very tough job. We had 10 times more space than in previous years. There was a high volume of buying and selling. I recommend that everyone get there early next year as this stuff goes fast!
Corey ran the front desk and did a great job of training all the new people volunteering there. Lots of changes and improvements there this time. Everyone seemed to notice how efficient and better the front desk was.
I thank Drew for the awesome new program book design. It is a superior upgrade to previous years and people noticed.
And finally I want to thank all those people who helped out in many ways behind the scenes and in every corner of the show where the volunteers couldn’t be. Together we make this a festival of the vintage community where we come together in fellowship, fun and good old fashioned nerdiness!
Here’s looking forward to seeing everyone at VCF East 2022 which will be on April 22, 23, 24!
==Jeff Brace

Live Streaming during VCF East 2021

Due to the unforeseen circumstances of our planned upgrade from cable modem to FIOS availability, VCF East 2021 live video streaming will be offered for *free* on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/VintageComputerFederation501c3 Check this page for any last minute updates: https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/vcf-east-virtual-show/

We will stream most, but not all of the speakers and classes live during the show– however the bandwidth limits may impact their quality. Your mileage may vary.

We ask that you consider donating to the Vintage Computer Federation. These funds will help us continue our work of preserving and sharing computer history. It will also enable us to improve our infrastructure so we can offer high quality video streaming in the near future, among other awesome improvements to our facilities. You can send donations to paypal@vcfed.org or a check to our mailing address: P.O. Box 417, Eatontown, NJ 07724

Discord will be available for live discussion during the streams. Here is our server invitation: https://discord.gg/32maJ6gddU

For the 2022 show we will have more bandwidth and be able to offer a more advanced selection of options.

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Jeff Brace
Vice President & Board Member
Vintage Computer Festival East Show-runner
Vintage Computer Federation is a 501c3 charity

Workshops and demos and moon bounce, oh my! at VCF East 2021

There will be more than just the exhibits, classes, talks and consignment during VCF East 2021. There will also be the following:

GLITCHWORKS

Glitch will be selling and helping people to build various kits at his workshop in the CDL building Friday (10/8), Saturday (10/9) and Sunday (10/10) from 1PM to 5PM during VCF East.

Here is what he will be offering:

* XT-IDE rev 4A kits
* R6501Q SBC kits
* RAM expansion for R6501Q kits
* 8085 SBC rev 3 kits
* CF adapter boards (works with both R6501Q and 8085 SBC rev 3, but really for the 8085 SBC)
* 8255 parallel I/O and prototyping interfaces
* Blank prototyping cards

UNIVAC 1219B
We will demo this machine from 1 to 3PM Saturday and  and Sunday  in the VCF museum.

LEARN TO SOLDER

We will have someone teaching beginners how to solder in the CDL workshop area Saturday and Sunday from 8AM to 5PM

BOUNCE YOUR VOICE OFF THE MOON

Saturday and Sunday from 1PM to 5PM at the Diana site 2 tenths of a mile walk down the road from the InfoAge main building. ISEC has many exhibits to see and learn about:

VCF East 2021 Consignment

Hello everyone,

We are *not* doing a swap meet at our event. There just aren’t enough volunteers and the show would be spread out too much. We are however doing consignment for anyone wishing to buy or sell items.

I’ve had some people who were having trouble finding the information about consignment on the website. So I added links to the website, but for convenience here is the main website for VCF East consignment. It’s helpful for us if everyone to filled out the Consignment Sale Sheet before they arrive.

Here are the instructions for filling it out. Here is an example sheet to understand how to fill it out.

Any questions? E-mail vcfeast AT vcfed.org

 

 

VCF East 2021 Covid Protocols and Policies

Hello Everyone,

We’ve been asked about the Covid-19 protocols at VCF East 2021. Please forgive the delay. We waited to see how things would be as we got closer to the show. We have decided that the following policies and protocols will be followed:

InfoAge policy is that vaccinated people are not required to wear a mask, but unvaccinated people *must* wear a mask while indoors and maintain social distancing outdoors. 
However as per CDC guidelines we strongly recommend that everyone wear a mask indoors and socially distance outdoors.
New Jersey does not have a requirement for proof of vaccination for indoor events. 
We expect to keep open where practical every available door and window to provide increased ventilation in indoor spaces. 
The State of New Jersey does not have occupancy limitations at this time.

For those that don’t feel comfortable coming in person, we are working on a streaming option as well as Discord channels for those wanting to participate from a distance. Please check on our virtual show page (https://vcfed.org/wp/vcf-east-virtual-show/) for updates as they are created.

If you have any other questions or comments, then please e-mail: vcfeast AT vcfed.org

There will be more announcements over the next week about VCF East 2021. Lots of exciting developments. Or you can look at our show page to see as they are updated: https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east/

Thank you and hope to see you at the show!

VCF East 2021 will be the biggest show yet!

Ever wonder about the roots of today’s technological society?

Did you spend the Covid-19 lockdown nostalgically playing old video games from the past on an emulator?

Do you want to get hands-on with computers ranging from the 1960’s thru the late 1980’s?

Come to the Vintage Computer Festival East in Wall NJ on October 8th thru 10th, 2021!

On Friday, October 8th, there are classes in everything from CRT display repair to hands-on building your own Intel 8085 board set computer.

On Saturday and Sunday, join us for hands-on exhibits of vintage and classic computers along with talks from the people who were at the beginning of what makes today’s world of technology common place. Talks include Dr. Ted Nelson, the pioneer of hypertext, the building block of the World Wide Web.

Listen to stories from Scott Adams, who brought adventure gaming to personal computers and David Ahl, who literally wrote the book, “Basic Computer Gaming”, that fueled many early home computer purchases.

Hear stories from Bil Herd’s years at Commodore and get him to sign his new book!

Hear from Bill Mensch about how a small microchip company from Pennsylvania in the 1970’s created a 6502 microprocessor that would not only power the home computer and home video game revolution thru the 1980’s but is still in use today in consumer devices.

For tickets, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vintage-computer-festival-east-2021-tickets-157239897767?aff=affiliate1

Learn more about the Vintage Computer Festival East at https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-east

Pictures from VCF East 2019: here and here

Click HERE to download our 8 & 1/2″ x 11″ flyer.

Repair workshop @ System Source in Maryland

The July Repair Workshop will be at System Source.
The Vintage Computer Federation and the System Source Computer Museum are hosting a vintage computer workshop on Saturday July 10th and Sunday July 11th 2021 at:
System Source Computer Museum
338 Clubhouse Road,
Hunt Valley, MD  21031
A few pictures from our pre-COVID event:  Details below!

Sign up here

Plenty of free parking, short walk from Baltimore’s light rail (Gilroy Road Stop)
We will open at 9:00 AM on Saturday July10th, 2021 and will lock up by 7:30 PM.
We will go to dinner afterwards.
If you are interested in dinner, then please indicate on the signup form.
We will open at 9:00 AM on Sunday July 11th and lock up at 5:00 PM

Accommodations:  Try https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g41196-Hunt_Valley_Maryland-Hotels.html

Feel free to talk with others about sharing a room.
Food:   There are plenty of restaurants within a short drive.   We will have a catered Indian buffet on Saturday at cost ($12.00?) and catered Barbecue ($12.00?) on Sunday for those who sign up.
We will feature tours of the museum throughout both days and several mini-workshops:

  • Retrobright workshop (bring your yellowed plastics)
  • Pre-industrial computing class –  Learn to use a slide rule, and various types of Abaci
  • Hot Metal Typesetting (3500 lb word processor
  • Preview/contribute to new exhibit IBM PC@40  We will have most of the IBM PCs (and predecessors) load up with various operating systems and software

If you need a machine to work on, please let me know.  We have lots of computers awaiting restoration!
Let others know what you are working on the SIGNUP SHEET
If you have unusual needs, (220 Volts, fork lift, etc please email Bob Roswell at museum@syssrc.com

Bob Roswell
broswell@syssrc.com
https://museum.syssrc.com
410-771-5544 x 4336

VCF East 2021 Exhibitor Registration is open!

Sorry for the delay, but we wanted to make sure everything was in place as we start gearing up for VCF East 2021!

Our assumption is that we will be doing a live show with few restrictions as things are looking really good in New Jersey and are expected to be even better by October.

This is the link for registration of your exhibit for VCF East:

Over the next few weeks we will be sending out updates on VCF East 2021. We already have some exciting speakers lined up for the show and we have some changes to the show that I hope everyone will find exciting and make it a more festive Festival.

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Jeff Brace
Vice President & Board Member
Vintage Computer Festival East Show-runner
Vintage Computer Federation is a 501c3 charity
http://www.vcfed.org/
vcfeast AT vcfed.org.

VCF Southeast 8.0

VCF Southeast is back!

August 20-22, 2021.
This year they’re at a NEW LOCATION!
They will be at the Marriott Renaissance Waverly in Atlanta, GA.

This year they’re co-located with the Southern Fried Gaming Expo (who are sponsoring their space!)

There will be Speakers, Exhibits, Hands-on Activities, Consignment, Vendors, Concessions,

For complete information, exhibit registration and updates, please follow this link: https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/otherevents/vintage-computer-festival-southeast/