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VCF 6.0 - Exhibition

The Vintage Computer Festival wants you to display the pride of your collection at VCF 6.0.  Every collector has a machine or two in their collection that is in exceptional condition, or is extremely rare, or has a good story behind it, etc.  Or perhaps you're a programmer and have written a great simulator of some grand old machine.  Or maybe you've built a wonderful re-creation of a significant machine of the past.  Now's your chance to show it off to other hobbyists!

Not only is this your chance to show off the pride of your collection, but your exhibit could also win the coveted Best of Show award! First, Second and Third place prizes will be awarded with a ribbon based on the votes your exhibit garners from VCF attendees.

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Currently Registered VCF 6.0 Exhibits

Lisa 2/10, Sol-20 and Osborne Vixen
Jordan Ruderman (Santa Cruz, CA)

This exhibit will feature three classic systems:

  • Apple Lisa 2/10 (circa 1983)

  • Processor Techology SOL-20 (circa 1976)

  • Osborne Vixen (circa 1982)

The Gavilan, The Prototype Laptop
Robin Sunbeam (Ukiah, CA)

A Gavilan laptop with a printer and international recharger.

SDF Public Access UNIX System
Stephen Jones (Bellevue, Washington)

SDF's AT&T 3b2/500 UNIX System (System VR3) with AT&T TTY5620 DMD Graphics Terminal. This machine represents SDF's setup for a number of years and was decomissioned in 1998. The exhibit will be interactive and will feature two additional terminals so visitors can play the multiplayer games (John Gonnerman's MDG, mazewar) and use SDF's old 'COM' chat system and write messages on SDF's old 'BBOARD'.

The Digital Group and The Mark 8 Minicomputer
Bryan Blackburn (Mesa, Arizona)

The Mark 8 Minicomputer, introduced in July of 1974, inspired the formation of newsletters and hobby groups, as well as many startup manufacturers geared towards selling related products.

The Digital Group was formed just one month after the introduction of the Mark 8, producing many innovative enhancements to the Mark 8 and advancing the burgeoning microcomputer hobby. They later introduced their own line of computers.

On display will be a fully restored Mark 8 and Digital Group computer, both in operating condition!

For more information on these and other computers, please visit my website at

Tomy Tutor and Tomy Pyuuta
Cameron Kaiser (La Mesa, CA)

On display will be the Tomy Tutor, a TI 99/4a (mostly) compatible computer, and it's Japanese predecessor, the Tomy Pyuuta. The exhibit will feature many Japanese domestic cartridges not released in the US.

Digital Equipment Corporation PDP 11/70
Pavl Zachary (Aptos, California)

This exhibit features a Digital Equipment Corporation PDP 11/70.

Altair 680
Larry Pezzolo (Palo Alto, CA, USA)

The Altair 680 (Baby Altair) was a low-end 6800-based computer by MITS that attempted to follow up on the success of the 8800.

Commodore 8-bits
Larry Anderson (San Andreas, CA, USA)

Featured will be the 'Breadbox' Commodore 8-bit computers you know and love (VIC-20, C64 and C-16), the obscure Commodore B128 and P500 computers, and multimedia reminiscence.

Bill Borsari (Mountain View, California)

Come see the Commodore years of the Amiga. We will have on display and running examples of the years the Amiga was being built by Commodore.

The Amiga was one of the first computers to have high-quality sound and color graphics with a window-based interface out of the box. The Amiga made it's name as a system for games, graphics and "multimedia" when other computers where discovering color. Built on a fast multitasking micro kernel the system had amazing speed for the day.

Even now the Amiga has a solid community producing Amiga compatable computers while work continues on moving the OS to the next level. Visit for more information about the Amiga.

New Hardware for Old Computers
Hans Franke (München, Bavaria, Germany)

This exhibit features an Apple //gs with a prototype of the AnyCard, a new hardware adapter that adds modern features such as an IDE hard drive interface, USB port, VGA port, Compact Flash adapter, 1 megabyte of Flash RAM, and more.

APL1130 Demonstration
Curtis A. Jones (San Jose, CA)

The APL Bay Area Users Group will be demonstrating APL1130 under emulation.

GRiD Rugged Laptops
Rob Borsari (Antioch, California)

A display of various laptop models made by GRiD, an innovative early manufacturer of rugged computing equipment.

A Logical Step
Boris Debic (Foster City, California)

This exhibit will focus on the transition from tube logic to transistor logic in computers from the late 1950s through the early 1960s.

On display will be SAGE (Whirlwind) and IBM 1401 logic modules. In addition, the exhibit will feature a ferrite core memory module from a frequency divider computer of a U2 plane, including an original letter from a Collins engineer describing the use of the module in the plane.

Dinosaurs Online
Hans Franke (München, Bavaria, Germany)

This exhibit will feature a terminal that will allow attendees to play with a live CDC Cyber 960 mainframe or Cray Y-MP located across the pond in Munich, Germany.

In fact, you can try it out now by going to

Atari 8-bit Demo
William Kendrick (Davis, CA, USA)

A demonstration of the Atari 800XL running modern day demos to showcase the capabilities of this most excellent machine.

PA-RISC Laptops
Stan Sieler (San Jose, CA, United States)

PA-RISC, one of the early commercial RISC architectures, is primarily known as the basis for HP's 9000 servers and workstations. In the mid 1990s, three different companies introduced the only laptops using PA-RISC: Hitachi, SAIC, and RDI/Tadpole. This exhibit has two of the three, and some information about their design, deployment, and engineering.

"Replica I" - Apple I Clone
Gregor Glawitsch (San Jose, CA, USA)

Come see and try out the new Replica I, a 100% compatible clone of the Apple I. Type in programs and see what a running Apple I feels like.

For more information, visit the Replica I website.

Digital Equipment Corporation Minicomputers
Guy Sotomayor (San Jose, California, USA)

This exhibit features two Digital Equipment Corporation minicomputers:

  • PDP-8/e running OS/8 with a number of different storage peripherals including DEC Tape, floppy disk and 14" cartridge disk

  • PDP 11/45 running Unix v7 with multiple terminals to demonstrate a multi-user environment

Pre-PC IBM Computers
Wayne Smith (La Canada, CA, USA)

This exhibit demonstrates IBM's early attempts at portable and personal computing featuring the 5100, 5110, System 23 and Displaywriter systems.

Early Personal Computers
Erik S. Klein (San Jose, CA, USA)

An Altair 8800 with dual floppies, a Commodore Pet 2001-8, and a TRS-80 Model 1 will be on display along with some related items, each running software from their heyday.

Early Sun Workstations
Robert Harker (Lincoln, CA, USA)

This exhibit includes three vintage Sun Microsystems computers:

  • Sun 100U workstation

  • Sun 150 server

  • Sun 2/75 workstation

Amiga prototypes including "Lorraine"
Dale Luck (Milpitas, CA, USA)

Lorraine was the code name for the Amiga wirewrap prototypes developed in 1983 as the predecessor for the A1000. They were thought to be lost but one was found in a box with Daphnae sitting on top of her. This was the prototype in which the Amiga preemptive multitasking kernel first started passing messages. The chip prototypes plugged into this board through long umbilical cords.

This prototype was nicknamed "Punishment" by the software guys.

Vintage PDAs
Evan Koblentz (Cambridge, MA, USA)

A demonstration of a multitude of pioneering Personal Digital Assistants including:

Lexicon LK-3000
Panasonic Hand Held Computer
Casio PF-3000 Data Bank
Casio Zoomer
Apple Newton
Atari Portfolio
Franklin Rex
Psion Series 7

Apples and Others in Education
Liza Loop (Palo Alto, CA, USA)

In 1975 LO*OP Center, Inc. was a pioneer in promoting microcomputers as tools for learning. This exhibit will feature a selection of educational memorabilia including Apple I, serial #1 and Apple II, serial #2 and loads of curricular materials. Revisit "Computer Literacy" when it meant learning about computers and programming, not just running fancy applications.

Modern Intellivision
Tim Lindner (Martinez, CA, USA)

Contemporary games developed for the classic Mattel Intellivision will be demonstrated.

HP110: the 1984 HP Portable
Cole Erskine (Portola Valley, CA, USA)

The HP 110 Portable Computer will be demonstrated.


Portable MS-DOS computer, runs MS-DOS 2.11
CPU: Harris 5.33MHz 80C86
80 column 16 line monochrome LCD, no backlighting
16 hour battery life (continuous activity!)

Wang System 2200 Computer
Jim Battle (San Jose, CA, USA)

The Wang 2200 was introduced in 1972 and was continuously sold and supported for twenty years. Of particular interest is that its CPU is a TTL design and its native BASIC programming language, employing a very idiosyncratic dialect, is directly interpreted in microcode.

On display will be a Wang 2200-T CPU along with a number of peripherals.

Librascope/General Precision LGP-21 (1963)
Tom Jennings (Los Angeles, CA, US)

A transistorized version of the "popular" LGP-30, this particular machine probably saw little duty when it was purchased by the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in September 1963. It contains every option available at the time and cost $16,500 when new (about the price of a suburban two-bedroom house then).

The Digitial PDP-5 Mini-computer
Chuck McManis (Sunnyvale, CA, USA)

This exhibit features a PDP-5 computer, the predecessor to the PDP-8.

Tom Stall (Penn Valley, CA, CA, USA)

A Mark-8 computer as featured in the July 1974 issue of Radio-Electronics.

Symbolics LISP Machine
Bill Gosper (Seattle, WA, USA)

This exhibit features an Symbolics XL1201, the compact top-of-the-line model of Symbolics machines. It features a 40 bit 'Ivory' processor which has its roots in the 36-bit community. The LISP machine will be running MACSYMA, S-PRODUCTS and Gosper's own 'sandbox' demos.

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