Parallax Inc. and Dr. Dobb's Journal proudly present...
The Vintage Computer Festival 3.0
For the third year in a row, the Vintage Computer Festival is back to
thrill and amaze you with the history of one of the greatest inventions
in all of mankind, the computer!
The Vintage Computer Festival is for YOU! We don't care which
you think is the best. We don't care what machine you grew up with, or
first fell in love with, or still use today. The VCF is a celebration
of all computers and their history! Come share the joy of computing!!!
* More great speakers!
* More great exhibits!
* More great vendors with Cool Stuff to sell!
* More fun games and contests, including the Nerd Trivia Challenge!
* Tour The Computer Museum History Center!
* And of course, FREE STUFF!!
In short, plenty of stuff to indulge all your SENSES:
HEAR the speakers! SEE vintage
computers! TOUCH them too!
SMELL their electronics! But please don't TASTE them!
"The mission of the Vintage Computer
Festival is to promote
the preservation of 'obsolete' computers by allowing attendees to
experience the technologies, stories and people that embody the
remarkable tale of the computer revolution."
If you haven't yet experienced the VCF, DON'T MISS THIS
Register Early and $AVE!
Register by September 15 and pay
only $20 per person. That includes
access to the entire event all weekend, including the speakers, the
exhibit and the flea market. Kids 17 and under are admitted free,
and as always, parking is free too!
To pre-register, send a check or money order to:
Vintage Computer Festival
4275 Rosewood Drive PMB#29-161
Pleasanton, California 94588
For ultimate convenience, please visit the VCF website
information as well as a handy registration form ready to print.
Horst, the eldest son of early digital computer pioneer
will be giving a lecture on his late father's machines and will
focus on the computer businesses that Konrad later founded to market
Who can forget one of the earliest of kit microcomputers,
Jon designed the Mark-8 around Intel's 8008 microprocessor and wrote
the construction article that appeared in the July 1974 issue of
Radio Electronics--a milestone in microcomputer history.
Todd bought the assets of IMSAI after their bankruptcy
to manufacture and sell IMSAI products under the Fischer-Frietas
Corporation. Todd consulted with MGM for the movie _War Games_ and,
as a treat, will be bringing along for show and tell the actual IMSAI
8080 computer that co-starred in the film.
Mike contends that his Sphere Computer circa 1975 is in
first integrated "Personal Computer". Some people think he has a
valid claim to that title. Come hear his story and decide for
Stan is an early chronicler of the microcomputer revolution,
a participant. Stan started one of America's first computer stores in
New York, and in the process forged relationships with some of today's
revered pioneers, including Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, whom he
shared a booth with at the first West Coast Computer Faire where the
Apple ][ was debuted to the world.
Ed has been creating computer graphics since the days when
it was done
using mainly analog video devices. Today he's a Sequence Supervisor
for Industrial Light & Magic doing computer generated graphics and
special effects for such films as "Deep Impact", "The Mummy" and
"Star Wars: The Phantom Menace".
Our admired and beloved VCF Celebrity, Jim will wax philosophic
various themes of stupendous relevance. This year, Jim will help
the aspiring vintage computer collector restore their machines to
operating condition with "Debugging for Dummies", and will also
give you tips to help you revive ancient copies of your favorite
computer games in "Dead Media Society".
Liza heads up the LO*OP Center, a non-profit organization
improving education through innovative thinking. Liza introduced
the first Apple into public schools in 1976 (in fact the first Apple 1,
given to her by Steve Wozniak) and the world has never been the same
since. Liza will be bringing along the Apple 1 and other historic
machines for show and tell.
Eugene recently left Dr. Dobb's Journal as Senior Technical
start his own consulting firm. He'll be giving a lecture on the
history of free software, a very relevant topic considering the
free-software movement is in full force in today's computing arena as
evidenced by the escalating adoption of GNU/Linux.
Curt is the founder of the Atari Historical Society (check
great website at http://www.atari-history.com) and has amassed an
amazing collection of Atari artifacts and company history, including
some one-of-a-kind Atari prototypes. Curt will be bringing along
some of these prototypes for show and tell.
Roger is an avid collector of early portable computers
and will be
giving a talk on the history of the Kyocera 85, a.k.a. the Tandy
Model 100, a.k.a. the Olivetti M10, a.k.a. the NEC PC-8201A.
Doug's research has uncovered what he believes to be the
"personal computer". Forget the Apple ][, the Altair or even the
Alto. Doug's pick as first PC goes all the way back to the 1950's.
Designed by Edmund Berkeley, an unsung hero of computer history,
Doug intends to win Berkeley the prominance and praise that he feels
is much deserved by this virtually unknown computer visionary.
Workshops by Parallax on their amazing little BASIC Stamp.
a preview of this cool little device by visiting their website
For complete speaker information and schedules, point your
web page viewing software at http://www.vintage.org/vcf/speakers.htm.
The Vintage Computer Faire and Exhibition
This year, the Vintage Computer Festival exhibit will feature
exhibits of individual collectors, all vying to win first, second
or third place in eleven categories, plus the coveted "Best of Show"
award. The winner of the "Best of Show" ribbon will also win
This year, we want YOU to exhibit the pride of your collection.
What better way to demonstrate your enthusiasm for your hobby than
to be an exhibitor at the Vintage Computer Festival.
Exhibitor information can be found on the Vintage Computer
The Vintage Computer Flea Market
Every year the best deals on vintage computer items can
at the Vintage Computer Flea Market. Here are only a few of the
amazing items sold at last year's flea market:
* Apple 1 (no, we're
* SWTPc 6800
* A rare computer by "the digital group"
* Morrow Decision 1 (S-100)
* California Computer Systems (S-100)
* Apple Lisa 2
* And much, much more!!
If you've got old computer stuff that you'd like to sell,
no better place than the Vintage Computer Flea Market at the
Vintage Computer Festival. Please visit our website for rates
and regulations (http://www.vintage.org/vcf/vendor.htm).
The Nerd Trivia Challenge!
Hey trivia fans! Think you got what it takes to survive
Trivia Challenge? If you qualify, you'll be pitted against two
other players in a battle to determine who is the undisputed master
of computer history trivia. Answer the most questions correctly
and you could walk away with $50 in cash plus some other nifty prizes.
Lightweights need not apply, this contest is geared towards
serious computer history enthusiast. For contest rules please visit
Tour The Computer Museum History Center!
The Computer Museum History Center boasts the largest collection
of historic computer artifacts in the world. Their collection
includes rare, one-of-a-kind computers and artifacts that date
back to the early part of the century and beyond.
A tour of the History Center's "Visible Storage" warehouse
be organized on Sunday, October 3. Tickets are limited and so
advanced registration is recommended.
FYI: The History Center is on the move, and is thrilled
plans to build a permanent museum to be dedicated by 2007. You
can help the History Center achieve its goal by becoming a member.
Information about becoming a member of the History Center can be
found at http://www.computer-history.org.
Meet Fellow Computer Collectors!
The VCF is the premier gathering for collectors of vintage
What better way to enjoy your hobby than by meeting other like-minded
individuals to share stories and information about your computer
collection. Register in advance by September 15 and save $$$! Visit
http://www.vintage.org/vcf/register.htm for details.
Visit our Sponsors!
Without our sponsors, the Vintage Computer Festival could
a reality. It is our wonderful sponsors that enabled us to bring
you the Vintage Computer Festival year after year. Demonstrate
your appreciation by visiting them on the web:
Parallax manufactures the BASIC Stamp, a versatile
microcontroller with a built-in BASIC language that is
suitable for most any electronics and computer hobbyist
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