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VCF East 7.0 - Exhibition

The Vintage Computer Festival wants you to display the pride of your collection at VCF East 7.0. 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. The exhibit chosen best in show will win a first edition copy of Edmund C. Berkeley's Giant Brains or Machines that Think.

The standard exhibitor fee is only $20, for which you are given a 6-foot table, tablecloth, basic 110V power, a VCF t-shirt, and a guest pass for your friend/helper (excluding access to the hands-on workshops which require separate registration fees.) Larger booths and special power requirements are also available.

As of this writing the VCF venue opens to exhibitors approximately 3:00PM EST on Friday, May 13. Entrants should be present at the VCF venue no later than 10:00 am to setup and prepare their exhibit. The exhibit floor opens to the general VCF attendance at 12:00pm. Exhibitors should be prepared to exhibit their entries both days of the event. Exhibitors must have their exhibits disassembled and removed from the VCF venue no later than 7:00pm on Sunday, May 15. Any exhibit not removed by the exhibitor will be removed by the VCF at the exhibitor's expense, plus a $50 handling fee.

More details from the MARCH web site about exhibit rules and deadlines can be found here.



















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Registered Exhibits

SWTPc 6800 and ASR 33 Teletype TSC BASIC
Bill Degnan (Landenberg, PA, United States)
8K SWTPc 6800 running 4K TSC BASIC on an ASR Teletype Model 33. Demonstration of how to load and save data using a papertape reader.

Commodore BBS
Justin Jernigan (Belle Mead, NJ, United States)
Use a Commodore 64, 128 or 8296 to experience dialing into a BBS circa 1984 with authentic hardware as well as contemporary hardware technology. BBS includes the door game Empire and the exhibit will include a brief history of its creation for C-NET 64 BBS.

Your Friend, Companion and Security Guard
Alexander Pierson (Falls Church, Virginia, United States)
The Hero Jr. personal robot produced by Heathkit/Zenith was the most obscure of the Hero robot line. Starting in 1984, the Hero Jr. was marketed as the home variant of the popular Hero robot line. Come see Hero Jr. recite quotes, poems, songs, as well as drive around and play games

Viva Amiga
Zachary Weddington (ROSLYN, PA, United States)
Info, news and a looping video about Viva Amiga - the upcoming documentary about the Amiga computer system.

Bundling Up: The Osborne Portables
Mike Loewen (State College, PA, United States)
Adam Osborne introduced the Osborne 1 portable computer in 1981 with a full suite of application software for $1,795. Later models improved on the design but maintained the CP/M operating system and bundled software. Featured will be an original Osborne 1, a second generation Osborne 1 with double-density option, Nuevo 80 column upgrade and 300 baud modem, an Osborne Executive and an Osborne Vixen. I'll have the various bundled software running on these machines, with some cheat sheets for Wordstar and such.

Daniel Temkin (Astoria, NY, United States)
I will exhibit my program Yeep!Eep!Eep!, written for the Commodore 64. It is an open-source art generator that creates images reminiscent of computer error using the unique C64 pseudographics. By manipulating the VIC registers, YEEP generates images based on data that happens to be in RAM at the time, and what was on the screen just before the program ran. This information is mediated through character sets controlled by the user. It also has controls to alter the color and add additional data to be drawn.

SWTPC and the hobbyist
Michael Holley (Seattle, WA, United States)
Southwest Technical Products Corp started in the 1960s by selling parts kits of projects featured in hobbyist magazines such as Popular Electronics and Radio Electronics. Dan Meyer was the owner of SWTPC and Don Lancaster was his most prolific designer. (Lancaster was an independent author and never worked for SWTPC.) SWTPC introduce a computer based on the Motorola 6800 microprocessor in 1975 and produced computers for another 15 years. The exhibit will show magazines, catalogs and brochures from the 1960s, 70s and 80s chronicling the hobbyist contributions to rise of the personal computer.

IBM 1130 Live Restoration
Norm Aleks & Brian Knittel (Berkeley, CA, United States)
The MARCH computer museum recently acquired an IBM 1130 mainframe. Norm Aleks and Brian Knittel, both of, will begin a live evaluation and restoration of this computer on the VCF East show floor.

The First Three Apple Computers
Mike Willegal (Tewskbury, MA, United States)
I will show reproductions of the Apple 1 and Apple II rev 0 motherboards, along with an early Apple II plus, all running original software.

David Gesswein (Bethesda, MD, United States)
PDP-8 Computer and peripherals. Will be one I haven't shown before if I can get it ready in time.

The Atari ST: good enough for Madonna
Andy Molloy (Syracuse, NY, United States)
On display will be a working Atari 1040ST personal computer plus many peripherals. Designed by ex-Commodore engineers, the ST was the first home computer with a full color bit-mapped graphical user interface and an integrated musical instrument digital interface. Learn about the "Atari Twist" and "Atari Drop", and play Dungeon Master on its original platform.

Atari Museum - the "Other Atari"
Curt Vendel (Carmel, NY, United States)
This years Atari Museum exhibit will be quite different as devices from Atari's "Other" divisions will be showcased.

Atari Medical Division devices
Ataritel Telephone Devices
Digital Compass
Mechanical Computer Chess Game

Photos, rare documents and much more will be on display of other proposed idea's and much more...

Mindset Computer Corporation Showcase
Curt Vendel (Carmel, NY, United States)
Mindset Computers were amazing systems developed in 1983 and sold in 1985 and later purchased by JVC and used internally.

These 80186 powerhouse computers were in cases so stylish they were admitted into the MOMA, and while they had the looks, they also had brains too.

Highly expandable and with graphics that rivaled even the Amiga's which wouldn't come out until 2 years later, the Mindset computers were a true underdog of the PC arena.

What a Concept ! A Sampling of Early GUIs
Anthony Stramaglia (Florham Park, NJ, United States)
The Xerox Alto and Star are generally regarded as the groundbreaking forebears of the modern graphical system. Most people also know the history of the Apple Lisa and Microsoft Windows, but there were many other attempts at GUI-based systems. Many never left the lab, but some others did make it to market but never caught on. The exhibit will include The Corvus Concept, the AT&T 3B2 with BLIT Terminal, the AT&T Unix PC (also known as the 3B1) and a demonstration of Salto, the Alto II emulator running on a modern system.

Apples Everywhere
Matt Patoray (New Middletown, OH, United States)
Vintage Apples, from the II series to the early Macs. There will be a IIgs, Mac Plus, and Mac II, complete with DTP setup and Harvest C for some real fun on the MAC II.

The Atari 2600XL Project
Ralph Dodd (Fairfield, N.J., United States)
Last show this was a Kaypro 4 case with an Atari 800XL computer, a monochrome CRT and floppy drive. This year the CRT has been replaced with a color lcd, floppy's been removed and an Atari 2600 game machine added with some nice modifications. There are 384 built in games for the 2600, stereo sound, and a rapid fire joystick mod. The 800XL remains with multiple operating systems and 16 built in games. If all goes well, the 384 games will be selectable from a laptop as well as from switches on the front panel.

WHATSIT? database
Andy Meyer (Clark, NJ, United States)
WHATSIT? (Wow! How'd All That Stuff get In There?) is a database/query system from 1978 with a novel interface. It will be demonstrated on a CP/M computer from 1982.

Fun with the Apple II
Michael Kelly (Jersey City, NJ, United States)
Some fun and interesting things to do with the Apple II: the Visual Matrix, an array of Apple II driven video monitors working together. Also, an experimental sound synthesizer system, based on homemade hardware controlled by an Apple II.

Multiuser UNIX
Ian Primus (Niskayuna, NY, United States)
A working AT&T 3B2 computer system, with both ASCII and graphic user terminals. Experience UNIX as it was in the 80's, before it got eaten by penguins.

MOS 6502 Celebration!
Michael Lee (Schaumburg, IL, United States)
Representation of iconic personal computers all based around the MOS6502 processor.

Running Modern Software on a Classic Computer
Sridhar Ayengar (Poughkeepsie, NY, United States)
A demonstration of running modern operating systems and modern application software (at times very, very slowly) on classic computers. There will be a DECstation 3100 running NetBSD, Firefox, and possibly OpenOffice; an IBM PS/2 Model 80 running a recent version of Linux and possibly low-res video; and (if it's ready in time) a MicroVAX.

The Digital Group - 1975-2011
Michael Hill (Menlo Park, CA, United States)
Demonstration of a working Digital Group computer, circa 1976. Some history and documentation from a groundbreaking, but now largely unknown system. This machine is brought into the present by loading virtual software cassettes via audio out of a modern system, plus a PS/2 to ASCII keyboard converter to use modern-ish keyboards.

A Look at Transistor Computers & Build Your Own!
Dan Roganti (New Kensington, PA, United States)
This exhibit covers the very short time span of computing history when transistor computers made their debut from the various companies and designers. It also covers the technology being used and a preview of my attempt to build a replica PDP-8 from transistors. This exhibit also previews the workshop being held at VCF East:

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