Vintage Computer Festival East 9.1
April 4-6, 2014, InfoAge Science Center, Wall, New Jersey
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Vintage Computer Festival East is a hands-on, family-friendly celebration of computer history. Activities include a book sale, classes, consignment sale, exhibit hall, food, lectures, museum tours, prizes, vendors, workshops, and more. (Why "9.1"? We skipped 9.0 in 2013 due to damage from Hurricane Sandy.)
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Friday: VCF East University! A day-long slate (and pizza lunch) of how-to classes for vintage computing. Eight classes will be available. You can win an oscilloscope courtesy of Tektronix!
Saturday/Sunday: The traditional VCF East, offering live exhibits, lectures, hands-on workshops, book sale (just $1 per pound!), consignment sale, museum tours, and the new Retro Pavilion.
* Friday: 10am-5pm (classes)
* Saturday: 10am-6pm (morning lectures, afternoon exhibits)
* Sunday: 10am-5pm (morning lectures, afternoon exhibits)
* Friday: $20 (lunch included)
* Saturday/Sunday: $15/day or $25 weekend
* All three days: $40
* Saturday/Sunday: Free for 17 and younger
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Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple: "Seeing the early equipment at VCF is an amazing experience. For many of us, it's better than a museum. It touches on all the hopes and dreams of the time and the many efforts to achieve what others thought would never happen. It brings back memories of a revolution in the making. ... The people you meet at the VCF are amazing."
Lee Felsenstein, moderator of the Homebrew Computer Club, and Osborne/Processor Technology engineer: "In 35 years the personal computer grew from nothing into the most important device shaping everyday life. It should be part of everyone's education to see how it grew and to learn from the people who grew it in ways they wanted to see it grow. VCF is the place to be where not only the equipment can be seen and tried out but, perhaps more importantly, where the people who rose to the challenge offered by these machines can be met and heard from."
Gordon Bell, top DEC engineer and co-founder of the Computer History Museum: "As a speaker at the first September 1998 VCF, I have been delighted to see it grow and flourish. The Vintage Computer Festival is an important institution for computing history simply by getting everyone together for collecting, sharing, and trading all form of bits. Having a forum, gathering, and market for old stuff a.k.a. vintage computers and the software that made them live is an essential way to preserve and expand the history of computing -- for some of us, the greatest invention."
Jon Titus, creator of the Mark-8 Minicomputer and co-author of Bugbooks: "What a joy to see older computers at VCF East and to meet the people who lovingly repair, rebuild, and maintain them! Anyone interested in how we came to have mobile phones, tablets, and the Internet will enjoy the VCF experience. Take the opportunity to learn about the history of computing and the people who make that history. Exhibitors make old hardware and software interesting and fun for VCF visitors. You'll have many opportunities to see older computers run and to bargain with collections who have items for sale or trade. Want to know how core memories worked in 60s and 70s minicomputers? Someone at VCF will know. They might even have an old core memory board for sale."
Dave Ahl, founder/editor, Creative Computing magazine: "Vintage Computer Festival East celebrates the hard work and vision of all the volunteers who have made the InfoAge Science Center –- now a National Historic Landmark -- a place where one can learn from the past to live for the future. Oh, and it's great fun too!"
John Dilks, founder, PC'76 Atlantic City Conference: "The Vintage Computer Festival is an old-time computer-fest, like we enjoyed back in 1976. The computers are the same, the excitement and fun are the same, and some of the participants are the same. (You can sometimes tell who by the color of their beards.) Younger participants are enjoying meeting some of the early pioneers and seeing the vintage computers running early software."
Al Katz, co-founder, Trenton Computer Festival: "I've always been a history buff. I finds VCF's window to the past a truly fascinating experience, and recommend that anyone interested in the early days of computing attend."
Sol Libes, founder of the Amateur Computer Group of New Jersey; co-founder Trenton Computer Festival; and editor/publisher of Microsystems magazine: "For anyone interested in the very early days of personal computer history it is a unique treasure. The VCF East conference is a unique event for anyone interested in computer history."