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August 19th, 2003, 12:18 AM
Hooray! The sixth annual Vintage Computer Festival has been scheduled
for October 11th and 12th. The Computer History Museum will again be
hosting the event, but this time at their spacious new home.

Being that this is the 20th anniversary of the Commodore 64, it is
being honored as the theme computer for this year's event. We expect
to have some great Commodore 64 exhibits and, if enough people pull
together, perhaps we can finally complete the long-awaited C64
parallel supercomputer. We've also got an amazing auction being
planned: a rare Commodore 64 prototype (serial #19) will be auctioned
during the VCF weekend. See below for more information on each of
these news items.

We'll also be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Xerox Alto with
several Alto computers on hand. It also happens to be the 25th anniversary
of the Sol-20. We'll be celebrating a Sol-20 reunion with Lee Felsenstein,
creator of the Sol-20.

With a larger budget and a desire to push the envelope of the VCF, we
expect this year's event to be the best and biggest yet. Help make
this year's VCF a success by contributing a talk or exhibiting your
favorite old computer.

Call For Speakers

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the VCF is the series of superb
talks we assemble year after year. We've got some excellent sessions
already lined up, but we're looking for more. Have you got an
interesting computer history topic or workshop you'd like to present
at the Vintage Computer Festival? Let us know! Send your abstracts
to <vcf@vintage.org>.

Exhibit at the VCF

Exhibitor's at the VCF enjoy a special status. Not only do they get
all the attention, as well as ribbons and prizes for their award-
winning exhibits, they also get to be part of the behind-the-scenes
action at the VCF. Along with the speakers, the exhibitors are the
VIPs of the VCF. Learn more about exhibiting here:


Buy, Sell and Trade at the VCF Marketplace

As always, one of the most exciting aspects of the VCF is the
Marketplace, where you can find a large and varied assortment of some
of the most fantastical old computer thingies anywhere. Find that odd
part you've been seeking out for your collection, then touch, smell,
even taste it if you like, before haggling out a deal. There is
simply no better place to buy and sell vintage computers than at the
VCF Marketplace. For more information on selling at VCF 6.0, please


Stay tuned for more information about special events at the VCF. Get
the latest updates at the VCF 6.0 website:


August 19th, 2003, 06:13 AM
I will almost certainly have a display at this VCF. I'm not sure what I want to bring, but I've narrowed it down to a few options:

1. A fairly easy re-hash of last year's display (see http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcf5.shtml for a recap) entitled "Milestones in Personal Computing" with an IBM PC and an Altair 8800 on display with a selection of antique computer magazines. If I do this display I'd add an Apple ][+ to the mix which was neglected during last year's display.

2. An Altair-only display set up to show what computing was like in and around 1976 with an 8800, 2 drives, a dumb terminal (I have several to choose from) and, if I get lucky and fix the damn thing, an ASR-33 Teletype.

3. Home Computer Mayhem - a display dedicated to family computing including an Apple ][+, an Atari 800, a TI-99/4a, a C-64, a Commodore Pet and whatever else I decide to throw together.

With only about 6 weeks to prepare I'm leaning towards 1 or 2 as they are both "easier" displays for me. I may not even have all of my stuff out of storage by the VCF which might force me to stick with display 2. . .

That and the new baby is due in mid-September. Time may limit me this year. :D

In any case, I'd recommend that anyone who can try to attend or display at the VCF. It's an experience you won't forget or regret.


August 23rd, 2003, 03:52 PM
I was there last year for the first time! Had a blast. Am planning on making it this year also.

I may do a booth. I was thinking of comparing the Zenith ZP-150 and the Tandy 600. Any comments anyone?

If I don't do that, I was thinking of showing off my engineering sample of the Texas Instruments Compact Computer 40+.

Anyone care to opine?


August 24th, 2003, 08:37 PM
That and the new baby is due in mid-September. Time may limit me this year. :D

Bring the baby. Just keep it away from people who may try to install Linux on it.