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VCF East 9.1 - Sessions

Year after year, the VCF presents an amazing line-up of speakers and workshops for the computer history and vintage computing enthusiast. We are proud to present the session line-up for VCF East 9.1. Note: Friday's classes are a separate admission.

Session Summary

Friday, April 4th, 2014
SessionTimeLocation
VCF East University: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm10:00 AM
VCF East University Hardware Track: Computer Cosmetics10:10 AMTelecom Bldg
VCF East University Software Track: Assembly Programming Adventure11:40 AMTent
VCF East University Hardware Track: CRT and Video Repair11:40 AMTelecom Bldg
VCF East University: Lunch + Oscilloscope Giveaway! 1:00 PM
VCF East University Software Track: Bootstrapping CP/M 2:10 PMTent
VCF East University Hardware Track: Oscilloscope Odyssey 2:10 PMTelecom Bldg
VCF East University Software Track: Disk Imaging 3:40 PMTent
VCF East University Hardware Track: Homebrew Hardware 3:40 PMTelecom Bldg
VCF East University Software Track: Advanced BASIC 5:00 PMTelecom Bldg
Saturday, April 5th, 2014
SessionTimeLocation
VCF East 9.1 Welcome Session10:00 AMTent
Briel Computer Replica Kits10:00 AMTelecom Bldg
Learn to Solder! (All day event)10:00 AMMarconi Room
The Internet Archive Software Collection: A Primer10:30 AMTent
The Inside Story of Franklin Computer Corporation11:30 AMTent
The Art of Troubleshooting: How to Fix Your Hopelessly Broken Vintage Computer11:30 AMTelecom Bldg
IBM and the Social Security Administration 1:00 PMTent
Check out VCF East's new Retro Pavilion! 2:00 PMLounge
Sunday, April 6th, 2014
SessionTimeLocation
Classic Apple Macintosh Repair 10110:00 AMTelecom Bldg
Commodore Part 3: Amiga Until the End10:00 AMTent
Learn to Solder! (All day event)10:00 AMMarconi Room
Viva Amiga! VCF East Exclusive "First Look"11:00 AMTent
Build Your Own Swyft Card for the Apple II Series11:30 AMTelecom Bldg
Ches' Computer Security Adventures12:00 PMTent
IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Committee: The Inside Story 1:00 PMTent
Check out VCF East's new Retro Pavilion! 2:00 PMLounge
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Friday, April 4, 2014

 MARCH
10:00 AM MARCH
VCF East University: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
There will be eight technical classes available on Friday, April 4. Admission to this special event is separate from the main VCF weekend and costs $20. That includes a pizza lunch and a chance to win an oscilloscope courtesy of Tektronix! Payment is at the door. Click here to see the class descriptions.

 MARCH
1:00 PM MARCH
VCF East University: Lunch + Oscilloscope Giveaway!
If you attend VCF East University, then we figure two of your favorite things are pizza and oscilloscopes. We've got both! Your nerditarian right to eat pizza is included with your Friday ticket. Meanwhile, our friends at Tektronix will be here to give away a really nice oscilloscope.

Sessions for Telecom Bldg

Corey Cohen
10:10 AMCorey Cohen
VCF East University Hardware Track: Computer Cosmetics
Your computer works, but its outer case is horrendous. Maybe it's pretty outside, but the boards are corroded. What to do? Learn expert tips here.

Bil Herd
11:40 AMBil Herd
VCF East University Hardware Track: CRT and Video Repair
What do you do when the computer works but there's a troublesome (or no image at all) on the screen? Learn how to discharge monitors for safety, track down errant video sources, and diagnose video signal generation.

Alan Wolke
2:10 PMAlan Wolke
VCF East University Hardware Track: Oscilloscope Odyssey
Learn the basics, rules, and expert tips (for example: analog vs. digital) for using this advanced tool with vintage computers.

Michael Holley
3:40 PMMichael Holley
VCF East University Hardware Track: Homebrew Hardware
Attend this course to learn what to do -- from a Homebrew Computer Club member -- about restoring vintage computers when the parts, inventors, and documentation aren't easily available.

Bill Degnan
5:00 PMBill Degnan
VCF East University Software Track: Advanced BASIC
How well do you really know BASIC? This course will teach a little about the history of BASIC and then demonstrate how BASIC can be used to access machine hardware, speed up programs, and control devices.

Sessions for Tent

Brian Schenkenberger
11:40 AMBrian Schenkenberger
VCF East University Software Track: Assembly Programming Adventure
Assembler is the most fun of any programming language. Learn the concepts, and then break into small groups to focus on your favorite version.

Rich Cini
2:10 PMRich Cini
VCF East University Software Track: Bootstrapping CP/M
Bootstrapping CP/M -- How do you make the CP/M operating system run when you don't have master disks? Learn how to prepare your own!

Malcolm Macleod
3:40 PMMalcolm Macleod
VCF East University Software Track: Disk Imaging
Many hobbyists have heard of Catweasel and ImageDisk, but these tools can be challenging to master. Ergo our class! Learn all the ins-and-outs of how to restore and rescue vintage data.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sessions for Lounge

Retro Pavilion
2:00 PMRetro Pavilion
Check out VCF East's new Retro Pavilion!
Here you will find many companies selling new products such as replica kits and modern hacks for vintage computing.

Sessions for Marconi Room

Institute for Expl. Research
10:00 AMInstitute for Expl. Research
Learn to Solder! (All day event)
IXR -- the Institute for Exploratory Research -- is a hackerspace based at the InfoAge center where VCF East is hosted. Bring yourself and/or your children, and learn how to solder by using IXR's fun kits! Note: Children should be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Sessions for Telecom Bldg

Vince Briel
10:00 AMVince Briel
Briel Computer Replica Kits
In this workshop you'll get personal instruction for building Briel Computer replica kits. Choose between the PockeTerm (single-board terminal, entry-level experience) for $62; KIM-1 replica (intermediate skill) for $98; Replica 1 (Apple 1, intermediate skill needed) for $134; and Altair 8800micro (M.I.T.S. Altair replica based on a microcontroller, beginner/intermediate skill) for $197. All prices are 10% off retail. Pre-registration is required to guarantee your spot in this class. For questions/registration send an email to vbriel@yahoo.com.

Mike Willegal
11:30 AMMike Willegal
The Art of Troubleshooting: How to Fix Your Hopelessly Broken Vintage Computer
This session will start with a brief overview of safety issues, recommended tools, and how to source replacement components. After the introductory topics, there will be a discussion of basic troubleshooting skills and procedures. These are the fundamental skills needed for testing and debugging the components of any digital computer. Brief coverage of the unique differences between debugging power supplies, processor, memory, and input/output systems will follow. Finally, if time allows, details on how some interesting real life repairs were made will be discussed.

Sessions for Tent

Evan Koblentz
10:00 AMEvan Koblentz
VCF East 9.1 Welcome Session
Attend the opening session to learn all about what's new at the show this year and any last-minute changes. You'll also learn about the latest happenings at MARCH (Mid-Atlantic Retro Computing Hobbyists).

Jason Scott
10:30 AMJason Scott
The Internet Archive Software Collection: A Primer
The Internet Archive is a non-profit online library of historic web pages, audio, video, and other media, founded in 1996. Used by millions each day, the site has been the home of many aspects of culture and history. And now it is doing the same for software. Archivist Jason Scott, head of the software collection, will walk through some of the highlights of the collection, plans to provide expansion, and the use of the in-browser emulation system to bring instant access to history.

Joel Shusterman
11:30 AMJoel Shusterman
The Inside Story of Franklin Computer Corporation
Franklin was one of the companies that made Apple II clones, with varying degrees of success. Franklin co-founder Joel Shusterman will share the inside story with us! Learn about how the company was founded, what it was like competing against Apple, and how it all came to an end. (Also visit our exhibit hall, where Franklin engineer Bob Applegate will show prototypes of some unreleased systems.)

Paul Lasewicz
1:00 PMPaul Lasewicz
IBM and the Social Security Administration
Paul Lasewicz spent 15 years as IBM's official archivist. He will lecture on IBM's role as the technology vendor for the U.S. Social Security Act of 1935. At the time, the job to document the lifetime wages of 26 million works was perhaps the world's largest -- and it was all done with punch card systems.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sessions for Lounge

Retro Pavilion
2:00 PMRetro Pavilion
Check out VCF East's new Retro Pavilion!
Here you will find many companies selling new products such as replica kits and modern hacks for vintage computing.

Sessions for Marconi Room

Institute for Expl. Research
10:00 AMInstitute for Expl. Research
Learn to Solder! (All day event)
IXR -- the Institute for Exploratory Research -- is a hackerspace based at the InfoAge center where VCF East is hosted. Bring yourself and/or your children, and learn how to solder by using IXR's fun kits! Note: Children should be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Sessions for Telecom Bldg

Jonathan Sturges
Jonathan Sturges

Alex Jacocks
Alex Jacocks (Moderator)

10:00 AMAlex Jacocks (Moderator)
Classic Apple Macintosh Repair 101
Alex and Jonathan will teach you all the basics about how to evaluate, troubleshoot, and repair classic Macs from the mid-late 1980s. They will also cover the best tools, books, and places to turn when you're stuck.

Mike Willegal
11:30 AMMike Willegal
Build Your Own Swyft Card for the Apple II Series
Jef Raskin, father of the Macintosh, left Apple after Steve Jobs took over his project. Raskin founded Information Appliance known for building what became the Canon Cat. But they also built the Swyft Card, which turned an Apple II-series computer into Raskin's original vision for the Macintosh project. At the VCF East 9.1 you can build your own Swyft Card! You'll need to bring a soldering iron (low wattage or temperate-controlled is preferred), 60/40 rosin core solder, and (optionally) a digital multimeter (high-impedance Ohm inputs preferred). You'll get personal instruction from the kit designer and you'll leave with a working card! To sign up, send an email to mike@willegal.net.

Sessions for Tent

Dave Haynie
10:00 AMDave Haynie
Commodore Part 3: Amiga Until the End
Dave Haynie led the Amiga projects until the company's demise. His tales constitute the third part of the VCF East Commodore series. (Chuck Peddle led part one in 2007, and Bil Herd performed part two in 2012.)

Zachary Weddington
11:00 AMZachary Weddington
Viva Amiga! VCF East Exclusive "First Look"
"Viva Amiga" is debuting later in 2014, but here's your chance to watch a first look, exclusive to the VCF East! Immediately following Commodore engineer Dave Haynie's lecture, come watch Amiga documentarian Zach Weddington show us his work about "the computer that could have been".

William Cheswick
12:00 PMWilliam Cheswick
Ches' Computer Security Adventures
Bill Cheswick joined Bell Labs in 1987 and co-created one of the first network firewalls. The resulting research and papers lead to their publication of the seminal book "Firewalls and Internet Security". He also pioneered honeypot technology and started the Internet Mapping Project.

Maris Graube
1:00 PMMaris Graube
IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Committee: The Inside Story
Maris Graube, in 1980, founded and chaired the IEEE's 802 computer networking standards committee. Without his work, you might not be reading this web site today! Maris will discuss the reasons for his involvement, how the committee evolved, and how it led to popular standards such as Ethernet.


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