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Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 2.0

Visit the second VCF Southeast this May near Atlanta. Click here for all the details.

Vintage Computer Festival East 9.1

Vintage Computer Festival East is back, and it's bigger than ever! The show is scheduled for April 4-6, 2014, at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, New Jersey.

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 1.0

The Vintage Computer Festival Southeast will be held on Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21, 2013, in the greater Atlanta area. Click here for more details.

Vintage Computer Festival Southwest 3.0

The third annual Vintage Computer Festival Southwest is being held on Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5, 2012, at the UT Arlington University Center in Arlington, Texas. Click here for more information.

Vintage Computer Festival East 8.0

The eighth annual Vintage Computer Festival East is being held on Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, 2012, at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, New Jersey. Click here for more information.

Vintage Computer Festival East 7.0

The seventh annual Vintage Computer Festival East is being held on Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, at the InfoAge Science Center Wall, New Jersey. Click here for more information.

Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0

The sixth annual Vintage Computer Festival East is being held on Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13, 2009, at the InfoAge Science Center Wall, New Jersey. Click here for more information.

Vintage Computer Festival Lite in the Lone Star State

A Vintage Computer Festival Lite is being held in conjunction with the 15th annual Antique Science & Retro-Tech Show And Swap Meet at the Ramada DFW Airport South Hotel in Irving, Texas on Saturday, March 14, 2009.

Stop the Slaughter in Gaza

Throughout the years, in spite of repeated terrorism being wrought against the people of the Middle East by powerful Western forces, I have had to work hard to prevent myself from succumbing to the desire to use the Vintage Computer Festival as a means to promote one cause or another. No more. Only the guilty remain silent. As a human being I can no longer remain a part of the guilty silence while human beings are mercilessly slaughtered in Gaza. The Palestinians are people. They are human beings. Israeli terrorists (and let's be clear, that's exactly what they are) backed with advanced weaponry that was designed in my name, built in my name, and paid for with my money, is being used to snuff out an entire people. Meanwhile, innocent citizens here in America are being cruelly killed much in the same way as the people in Gaza. This is connected. This is all part of the same game. It is an endemic repression of the weak by the priveleged. Unless you speak out and fight, what is happening in Gaza will happen here in the US. You have been forewarned. Zionism is a hateful, racist political ideology that destroys nations, cultures, and peoples. Zionism is a curse and a cancer on the world. Zionism needs to be put down, like a rabid dog is put down: swiftly, and without mercy. Information on Palestine: Electronic Intifada B'Tselem Free Gaza Do something.

ACCRC Computer Museum Sealed-Bid Auction

The computer museum of the Alameda County Computer Resource Center is up for auction and the sale is going on now! New weekly auction lots will be posted every Friday until all museum items have been sold off. Click here to see this week's lot.

Come to the Vintage Computer Festival East 5.0 on September 13-14, 2008!

The 5th annual Vintage Computer Festival East is being held on Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14, 2008, at the InfoAge Learning Center in Wall Township, New Jersey.

Come to VCF Midwest 4.0 at Purdue University on April 26-27

The fourth annual Vintage Computer Festival Midwest will take place April 26-27 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Click here for more details.

Celebrate the History of Computing European Style at VCF Europa 9.0!

The 9th annual Vintage Computer Festival Europa is being held on Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27, 2008, at the Mehrzweckhalle des ESV München Ost in Munich, Germany.

Come Celebrate 10 Years of the Vintage Computer Festival!

First conceived in 1997, the VCF has become an international event, celebrated by geeks and nerds the world over. This year's event, dubbed VCF X, is guaranteed to be the best ever. Whether you're a regular attendee or you've been wanting to come but never had a chance, this is the one event that you will not want to miss. Mark your calendar, book your travel, and pack your bags: the grand daddy of all computer history celebrations is nigh!

Vintage Computer Festival Midwest 3.0 on July 14-15!

The 3rd annual Vintage Computer Festival Midwest is being held on Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, 2007, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Corn, hay, and old computers! Yeeeeeeha!!!

VCF Events Around the World!

The schedule of Vintage Computer Festival events for 2007 has been posted, including VCFX, the ten year anniversary of the Vintage Computer Festival! Click here to view the event listings.

Come to the Vintage Computer Festival East 4.0 on June 9-10!

The 4th annual Vintage Computer Festival East is being held on Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, 2007, at the InfoAge Learning Center in Wall Township, New Jersey.

Make an Entry in Your PDA for VCF 9.0 on November 4-5!

The VCF is about to go into double-digits, so let's party like it's VCF 9.0! We've got new features this year so check out the VCF 9.0 webpages for all the gory details.

Come to the Second Annual VCF Midwest on July 15th!

VCF Midwest 2.0 is being held on Saturday, July 15th, at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. More details are available at the VCF Midwest 2.0 website.

VCF Europa 7.0 This Weekend in Munich, Germany!

VCF Europa returns this weekend for the first ever 3-day VCF event! Visit the VCF Europa website for complete event details.

VCF, Computer History and Relevant Anecdotes: the VCF Blog

Enjoy insight, history and blather from the VCF's Sellam Ismail as he jots his thoughts down in the VCF blog.

VCF East 3.0 on May 13th!

VCF East 3.0 is being held on Saturday, May 13th, at the InfoAge Learning Center in Wall Township, New Jersey. More details are available at the VCF East 3.0 website.

Come to the First VCF Midwest on July 30th!

The first VCF Midwest is being held on Saturday, July 30th at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. This is a one day VCF "Lite" that event features the same vintage computing goodness you know and love.

New! VCF Library Links You to Hundreds of Computer History Resources

The VCF Library is a new feature that lists hundreds of computer history resources on books, audio, and computer media. Search for resources by relevant categories and then order them through Amazon. Your purchase of items through the VCF Library helps to support the VCF!

VCF Gazette Volume 3 Issue 1

Hot off the presses! Read the latest news coming out of VCF Central in the latest issue of the VCF Gazette.

PDP-1 Replica on G4TechTV's "The Screen Savers"

The VCF's Sellam Ismail demonstrates a PDP-1 replica front panel on G4TechTV's "The Screen Savers" program on October 19. Click here to view a photo gallery of the PDP-1 replica created by Sellam Ismail for the National Science Museum of Tokyo.

Help Us Keep You Notified

The VCF is constantly growing and new shows are being added in different locations around the world. We keep you notified through the VCF Gazette, our quarterly publication, as well as by sending out periodic announcements either by e-mail or postal mail. However, we need your correct address to keep you properly informed, so please take a moment to register yourself or update your address on our mailing list so that you won't miss any announcements.

VCF Gazette Volume 2, Issue 4

Read about the latest happenings and plans for the Vintage Computer Festival, including an announcement for VCF 7.0.

VCF East 2.0 Exhibit Photo Gallery

Pictures of the VCF East 2.0 exhibits are now available for your viewing pleasure.

VCF 7.0 at the Computer History Museum

The Vintage Computer Festival returns to the Computer History Museum on November 6th-7th! Click here for full event information. Come out and get retro!

VCF Gazette Volume 2, Issue 3

Read about the latest happenings and plans for the Vintage Computer Festival, including an announcement for VCF East 2.0.

Come to VCF East 2.0 on July 16-17!

The VCF returns to the East Coast on Friday, July 16th and Saturday, July 17th, at the Sun Microsystems campus in Burlington, Massachusetts. Visit the VCF East 2.0 web pages for more information.

VCF Gazette Volume 2, Number 2

Read about the latest happenings and plans for the Vintage Computer Festival, including an announcement for VCF Europa 5.0, VCF East 2.0, and more.

VCF 6.0 Photo Gallery

We've assembled a nice retrospective photo gallery of VCF 6.0.

Vintage Computer Festival 6.0 This Weekend!

Join in the fun! Come to VCF 6.0 this weekend. The event starts at 10:00am and ends at 6:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Click here for more information.

Commodore 64 Prototype Up for Auction

The VCF is proud to be presenting for auction a very rare Commodore 64 Prototype. This is believed to be the only prototype Commodore 64 in existence. Click here for all the auction details.

Now Open: Vintage Computer Festival Marketplace!

The Vintage Computer Festival is proud to announce the grand opening of the Vintage Computer Marketplace, the place on the web to buy, sell and trade vintage computers. Visit now at http://marketplace.vintage.org. Registration is quick, easy and free!

VCF Gazette Volume 2, Issue 1

Read about the latest happenings and plans for the Vintage Computer Festival, including an announcement of VCF 6.0 and tentative plans for VCF East 2.0, plus much more.

Vintage Computer Festival 6.0 Announced!

The sixth annual Vintage Computer Festival has been scheduled for October 11th and 12th at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Check out the VCF 6.0 website for more details.

Donate to the VCF and Receive a Gift!

Find out how you can help make more Vintage Computer Festival events possible. Your donations will be rewarded with VCF pins and t-shirts and passes to upcoming events. Click here to find out how you can earn a Lifetime VCF VIP Pass! Your support is truly appreciated.

Urgent: Help Save Computer History

Michael Grigori of the Cybertheque Museum in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota needs your urgent help! He has been storing a large cache of Control Data mainframe computers in a warehouse in anticipation of opening a proper museum. Due to these challenging financial times, he is unable to keep up with the storage costs and the collection is in peril. Please do what you can to help Michael keep these systems in storage so that they can one day be put on display in his planned museum. A small donation to Michael can be arranged by e-mailing him at msg@waste.org.

VCF Gazette Volume 1, Issue 4

Read about the latest happenings and plans for the Vintage Computer Festival, including an update on VCF East 2.0 and a new location for the VCF Archives.

VCF Europa 4.0

The fourth annual VCF Europa comes to you on May 3rd and 4th in Munich, Germany. Come celebrate computer history, European style!

Got Punch Cards?

Want to know what's on them? Use VintageTech's Media Conversion Services to convert that important data on your old punch cards to ASCII data on CD. Visit VintageTech today!

Artifacts Now Available in Paperback

Artifacts: An Archaeologist's Year in Silicon Valley is now available in paperback. Click here for more information.

Collectible Microcomputers by Michael Nadeau Now Available!

Order your copy of Michael Nadeau's new computer collecting field guide, Collectible Microcomputers, available exclusively from the Vintage Computer Festival. Click here to order.

Help Plan VCF East 2.0!

Don't be one of the folks that laments, "I wish I would have heard about the VCF!" Sign up for the VCF mailing list and receive timely updates of future events so that you won't miss them!

VCF Gazette Volume 1, Issue 3

Read about the latest happenings and plans for the Vintage Computer Festival, including an update on VCF 5.0.

Come to VCF 5.0 (October 26-27)

The next Vintage Computer Festival has been scheduled for October 26th and 27th at the Moffet Training & Conference Center at the Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, California. Visit the VCF 5.0 website for more details.

VCF Gazette Volume 1, Issue 2

Read about the latest happenings and plans for the Vintage Computer Festival.

VCF to Auction an Apple-1 Computer!

The VCF is auctioning off a complete Apple-1 computer. The Apple-1 is one of the rarest and most highly prized of vintage computers. This may be your chance to add one to your collection. For auction information and registration, click here.

The VCF Gazette Debuts

The Vintage Computer Festival has launched the VCF Gazette, a nigh quarterly publication intended to keep VCF fans apprised of the latest VCF happenings. Read the debut issue here.

Subscribe to the Classic Tech Eletter

Classic Tech Eletter is a new publication that explores the world of computing from a historical perspective. Twice each month, the Classic Tech Eletter offers stories about milestone technologies and the people who created them, collecting and preserving vintage computers of all types, rescues of rare or historically important computers, auction sales of interesting computer items, and more. Visit Classic Tech Online for subscription information.

Come to VCF Europa 3.0 in Munich, Germany!

VCF Europa returns for a third year to serve the vintage computer collecting community of Europe. VCFe 3.0 is being held on April 27th and 28th in Munich, Germany.

The Valley of Lost Data: Excavating Hard Drives and Floppy Disks

Sellam Ismail, computer collector and producer of the Vintage Computer Festival, and Christine Finn, archaeologist and author of Artifacts: An Archaeologist's Year in Silicon Valley, explore the application of archaeology to computer data.

Get Access to Computer History Archives at VintageTech

The VCF is proud to announce a new off-shoot for business and academia. VintageTech provides services such as patent litigation support and prior art searches, consulting and props for the film industry, data conversion, vintage computer appraisals and sales brokering, and general computer history consulting. Visit them today at www.vintagetech.com.

Artifacts: An Archaeologist's Year in Silicon Valley

The Vintage Computer Festival figures prominently in this excellent book that chronicles the change over time in the Silicon Valley circa 2000 from the perspective of an archaeologist.

VCF 5.0 Postponed

Due to the tragic events that occured on September 11, VCF 5.0 has been postponed. New dates will be announced shortly.

See Pictures from VCF East 1.0

Come see what transpired at the first east coast Vintage Computer Festival.

Apple Confidential: The Real Story of Apple Computer, Inc.

A review of the last book that ever needs to be written about Apple (at least until the next edition).

Help Make "AbandonWare" Legal!

Take a moment to sign this petition that urges software makers to release their obsolete titles into the public domain.

Download a Free Blinkenlights Sign!

Now you can equip your own computer room with a much needed Blinkenlights Sign, courtesy of the VCF.

Calling All PCC Alumni!

The People's Computer Computer is looking for previous staff and supporters. Are you one of them? If so, head on over to the PCC Alumni Pages and make yourself known!

We Want Your Proceedings!

The VCF is always looking for materials to add to its archive. Currently we are seeking proceedings and conference notes for long past computing conferences and symposiums. If you have any proceedings or conference notes collecting dust in your study, please consider donating them to the VCF Library.

VCF Teams With Xtreme Games!

The VCF is pround to announce its affiliation with Xtreme Games, the world's largest computer game development network. Check out their website at www.xgames3d.com.

VCF Archives Gets New Home

The VCF Archives have been moved to a space generously donated by the Alameda County Computer Resource Center. The ACCRC accepts donations of used PCs which are then refurbished and given back to schools and charities. The VCF will be collaborating on an ACCRC computer musuem as well as other fun projects.

Artifacts: An Archaeologist's Year in Silicon Valley

The Vintage Computer Festival figures prominently in this excellent book that chronicles the change over time in the Silicon Valley circa 2000 from the perspective of an archaeologist.

Come to the First East Coast VCF!

The VCF celebrates its first east coast event in Marlborough, Massachusetts on July 28th and 29th, 2001, at the Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center. Click here for information of VCF East 1.0!

The Quipu - Disk Drive of the Ancient Inca

Sellam Ismail traveled all the way to Peru to investigate this obscure recording device of the Inca civilization.

Finding Vintage Computers - A Primer

Sellam Ismail gives the beginning collector hints and tips on finding vintage computers.

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