VCF West — Exhibits

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  1. NOVA 445 Computer –  Steve Toner – A homebrew 16-bit Data General Nova-compatible microcomputer based on the Fairchild F9445 CPU. The system will include a TTY interface, a 480×240 monochrome graphics display and a Paper Tape Reader emulator which allows loading of several fun demo programs.
  2. Networking with CP/Net – Jay A Cotton – How CP/M was way ahead of its time for in 1982
  3. Pin based computing – Thomas Conrad – Hands on pin based computers
  4. The 4004 processor 50 years and going strong – Dwight Elvey – SIM4-01 setup and a real application of the 4004.
  5. Analog Computing in the 1960s – Joe Fredrick – The history of special-purpose analog computers span most of the 19th century…
  6. Apple-1 and Apple ll Rev. 7 Replica Demo– Logan Greer, Adrian Chadd – Check out the display of the capabilities and features of the Apple-1 and Apple ll Rev. 7 Replica boards.
  7. Roc80 – Jim Miller – Designing hardware for emulating 80s computers and game consoles using modern microcontrollers.
  8. Silicon Graphics Inc: Homecoming – Nicholas Bustamante – Showing off SGI machines from late 80s to the early 2000’s. We will have an example for every generation of machine, including some rare accessories.
  9. C64i – Francis Bernier – Showcasing an improved C64 motherboard and accessories.
  10. Postponing Obsolescence With Early IBM PC’s + Using IBM Terminals – William Murray – A showcase some early IBM PC’s with extreme upgrades along with a set of early IBM Terminals connected to modern PCs.
  11. … but can it run Doom? – Zachary Hardesty – Answering that age old question “can it run Doom?” using expensive machines that probably shouldn’t, including one that actually entirely should and can (no x86/Intel allowed)
  12. Quake Zone – Chris Satterfield – Here at Quake Zone, we love ourselves some Quake. But do you know what else we love? Vintage Workstations. By combining these two forces we’ve created the ultimate 90s LAN party. With everything from SGI to Sun to Daystar, we’ve come up with a way to spend the absolute most money possible just to run Quake! The game is multiplayer across all the machines, so bring your friends!
  13. DEC VT100-Series Systems – Eric Pruitt – A showcase of various DEC systems built into the VT100 chassis.
  14. Retro in the New Era – Jay A Cotton – z80/z180 running cp/net and inet tools. Diskless boot…
  15. The Compact Macintosh Garden – Steve Brunwasser – A collection of various compact Macintosh computers from 1984 to 1996.
  16. Forth and Moore – David Henderson – This hands-on exhibit features variations on Chuck Moore’s Forth language based on eForth, Forth-79 and fig-Forth running on vintage systems including the Cantab Jupiter Ace 4000, Open University Hektor II, IBM PC 5150, Commodore 64, AIM 65 and Apple IIe. Also exhibited are books including Leo Brodie’s Starting Forth, user manuals and historical information about Forth.
  17. Colby Computers – Bruno Marchon – A showcase of recently restored computers and prototypes from Chuck Colby’s estate. The exhibit will also show some corporate information about his “Colby Systems” company, created in the 1980’s, that developed a line of Macintosh conversion computers.
  18. RRAuction Computing History – Jon Siefken – Early space, Apple, Computer related artifacts.
  19. From Apple 1 to LearningQuest – Liza Loop – See the First Apple 1 computer in person and hear about the journey from there to the Knowlege-based Environment for Personalized Learning using an Artificial Intelligence Recommender (KEPLAIR)
  20. 1970s/80s Microprocessor Based Electronic Scales – Francis Bauer – Working examples from pioneering Electronic scale manufacturer NCI (National Controls Inc.). Included are scales utilizing the following microprocessors: Intel 4004, Intel 8035 and Signetics 2650.
  21. MakerLisp Machine – Luther Johnson – Personal Lisp Computer
  22. Novasaur – Alastair Hewitt – The Novasaur is a full-featured personal computer built from less than three dozen Advanced Schottky TTL chips (circa 1979). It support an 80-column VGA text display, PS/2 keyboard interface, programable sound generator, RS232 serial, and an Intel 8080 byte-code interpreter. The machine is capable of running early 80’s computer games and even CP/M using a built-in 250k RAM disk.
  23. Retro PC Expansion Cards – Eric Schlaepfer – Come and see the legendary Snark Barker ISA sound card, the Snark Barker MCA (Micro Channel edition), the Graphics Gremlin ISA video card, and other modern expansion cards designed to run in vintage systems.
  24. Rare Computers from Japan – Duncan Mac Dougall – Japan had its own world of personal computers that, while popular in their native land, did not reach Western shores. This exhibit aims to show several different running examples of these impressive platforms that most of the West missed. We will be demonstrating several playable examples of an X68000, as well as several PC-98 systems, an MSX2+, a PC-88, and at least one FM-TOWNS.
  25. Amiga ROM upgrades and other hacks – Stefann Reinauer – I redesigned the Amiga ROMY hardware (See to allow larger ROMs on A3000 and A4000 (without soldering on your Amiga!)
  26. BBCMicroBot live & the Acorn RISC Machine (ARM) CPU – Acorn User Group SF Bay Area – Send BASIC in a tweet and the influential 1980s British 8-bit machine will run it live – what could wrong?! Experience an Acorn Archimedes featuring an Acorn RISC Machine (ARM2) 32-bit CPU – the original reference design for which was created in BBC BASIC by the legendary Sophie Wilson. Come celebrate the BBC Micro’s 40th birthday in VCF style!
  27. ATLAS CPU-8 Minicomputer – Hayden Buscher – An 8-bit homebrew minicomputer, built with 74LS series TTL logic.
  28. IBM 1620 Jr. – Project Epilogue – Dave Babcock – Begun in the fall of 2016, the IBM 1620 Jr. project is nearing its end. This will be the team’s fifth and final VCF sharing the progressive work on the project. All physical & electrical aspects of the project are complete and the final software & documentation work is underway. Come, see, and operate a 1960’s IBM 1620 at its final VCF appearance.
  29. The Brewing Academy – Marlin Bates – Atari 800/XL/XE stuff, including the 1088XLD and the 576NUC+ on display and for sale. The TI 99/4a TIPI and accessories. VectorBlade for the Vectrex, 2600-UNO for the 2600. The Ultimate cart for the Atari, Mouse adapters for the Jaguar, more if we can fit it in the van!
  30. Live Recapping Demo – Arion Paylo – A live demonstration of vintage circuit board capacitor replacement, trace repair and cleaning. See the detail up close with a microscope camera connected to a large TV.
  31. SLCC Presents – ATARI 8-Bit Computers into the Future – Kevin Lund – Atari stopped developing new 8-bit products in 1987. What this means to the 8-bit user base is that new technology and standards would not be available to them. But, rather than moving on to newer systems from Atari and other hardware developers, the Atari 8-bit community worked together to provide future products to current Atari 8-bit users. The SLCC (San Leandro Computer Club) will be exhibiting several of these new technologies for the Atari 8-Bit line.
  32. Mainframe Services – Dan Hembry – A re-creation of the Unix mainframe experience: sign up for an account, grab a serial cable, plug in your terminal, and login! Remote TTY service provided over RS-232 links. The ‘mainframe’ is a Raspberry Pi Zero running NetBSD, with custom USB-to-serial cards.
  33. Friends of the Palo Alto Library – David Cortesi – Vendor Table selling used on-topic books and magazines to benefit the Palo Alto Library.