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Vintage Computer Federation is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization existing for and led by computer history hobbyists.



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A presentation by Bill Degnan at Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0 on September 13, 2009.
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, homebrew computing, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, computer history
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Jim Willing — Care and Feeding of Classic Computers Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 Sunday, September 27, 1998. A primer on the proper care and feeding of the computers in your collection, or how not to fry your new old toy. Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California on September 26 and 27, 1998. A small portion of this talk is missing due to changing cassette tapes. This has been marked with a beep. Vintage Computer Federation...
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Amiga Bill Winters —  NewTek Video Toaster A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival West 2020, a virtual event held August 1, 2020. http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/
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VCFE 2018 Jason Perkins Apple Lisa 101
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VCF 2020: Bob Roswell Early Calculating Devices
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VCF 2020: Ethan O'Toole Yamaha C1 Music Computer
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Ray Holt — JOLT and the Synertek SYM-1 single-board computers Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 Saturday, September 26, 1998. Who really invented the first microprocessor?  Guess again.  This designer of the JOLT and the classic Synertek SYM-1 single-board computers will reveal why computer history may need to be re-written.  Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California on September 26 and 27, 1998. A small portion of this talk is...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Synertek SYM-1, JOLT
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VCFPNW 2018 Paul Laughton From Mainframes to Micros
VCFW 2017 Bruce Damer, Paul Laughton. Early Apple Computer
VCF West 2019: VCFW 2019 Apple 1 Owners Panel Discussion Moderated by Corey Cohen
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A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival East 2021.
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Marvin Johnston - Santa Barbara and the Microcomputer Revolution Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Saturday, October 25th, 1997 In the recording, the audio is very low for the first two minutes, then it is resolved. Marvin Johnston is currently a computer consultant in the Santa Barbara area. Prior to that he was president of Channel Island Circuits, Inc., a firm that specialized in the manufacture of fast turn-around and prototype printed circuit boards. While attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Santa Barbara, California, computer history
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A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival East 2021.
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VCF 2020: Harry Bawcom's role in the creation of the 6502 (60 min)
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Philip Belben - Tektronix 4050 series Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 Saturday, September 26, 1998. Philip will be presenting a workshop on the pre-history of the graphics workstation.  This talk looks at one example of this earlier technology, the Tektronix 4050 series. Vintage Computer Festival 2.0 was held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California on September 26 and 27, 1998. Vintage Computer Federation (http://vcfed.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Tektronix 4050
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Kip Crosby — Computing in California: The First 50 Years Executive Director, Computer History Association of California Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Sunday, October 26th, 1997 Kip Crosby is the Executive Director of the Computer History Association of California, which he founded in 1993 to "preserve, organize, safeguard and display" the history of computing in the Golden State. Years ago on the East Coast, Kip reached college just in time to play Spacewar on a PDP-1, steal time on...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, computer history, California history
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Michael Holley did not invent a microprocessor chip or start a computer company, he was just fortunate enough to be an observer of and participant in the personal computer revolution. In January 1975 while visiting Cuba, he bought the Popular Electronics with the Altair 8800 on the cover. Computers were in his future. The talk will cover working at the Byte Shop in 1976-1977 and being a member of the Homebrew Computer Club and the Northwest Computer Society and the various characters he met at...
Topics: Michael Holley, SWTP, Homebrew Computer Club, Southwest Technical Products Corporation, Motorola...
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A tour of the exhibits on display at Vintage Computer Festival 5.0 which was held October 26-27, 2002 in Mountain View, California.
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VCF 2020: Jason H. Moore The Interactive 6502 (Atari Edition)
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A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival East 2021.
VCF 2020: Harry Bawcom's role in the creation of the 6502 (46 min)
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Ed Kramer — Computer Graphics Technology Vintage Computer Festival 3.0 Sunday, October 3, 1999 Ed has been creating computer graphics since the days when it was done using mainly analog video devices. Today he's a Sequence Supervisor for Industrial Light & Magic doing computer generated graphics and special effects for such films as "Deep Impact", "The Mummy" and "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace". Vintage Computer Festival 3.0 was held at the Santa Clara...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Computer Graphics, computer graphics in movies
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Brian Stuart — Bugs in the ENIAC Technical Manual A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival West 2020, a virtual event held August 1, 2020. http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/
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Douglas Coward — Software Preservation: An Overview Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Sunday, October 26th, 1997 Doug Coward began programming in 1973 while attending college: "The fun part of programming in RPG was punching the 300 cards for the one program of the semester. Because no more than two people at a time were allowed in the computer room with the Univac main frame (because of body heat), we didn't get to see our programs run; we just received a print-out of the results. In our...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Software Preservation
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VCFE 2018 Bill Lange Atari 8 Bit Maintenance and Repair
VCFE 9.1 2014 IEEE 802 LANMAN Committee History Maris Graube
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VCFE 2019 Alex Jacocks Unusual Unixes
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Sellam Ismail of Vintage Tech (and founder of Vintage Computer Festival) on an unknown radio program. 
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, VintageTech, Sellam Ismail
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VCF 2020: CRT Repair with Ian Primus
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A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival East 2021.
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by Bruno Marchon, Mike Moore, Dan Kottke
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A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival West — August 7, 2021 — (VCF WEST 2021)
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A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival East 2021.
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VCF 2020: Wil Lindsay Chip 8 Old Tech in a New Light
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VCFE 2019 Bryan Caudle Whats NeXT
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VCF West 2019: VCFW 2019 CadetWriter
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VCFW 2018 Dag Spicer CHM State of the State
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A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival East 2022, which was held April 22 through 24 2022 at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, NJ
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A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival East 2022, which was held April 22 through 24 2022 at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, NJ
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A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival East 2022, which was held April 22 through 24 2022 at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, NJ
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A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival East 2022, which was held April 22 through 24 2022 at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, NJ
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A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival East 2022, which was held April 22 through 24 2022 at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, NJ
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VCFW 2018 Bob Zeidman History of Digital Game IP
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VCF West 2019: VCFW 2019 Dag Spicer Welcome Comments
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VCF 2020: Kay Savetz @Atari8BitBot and @AppleIIBot
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VCF 2020: Thom Cherryhomes Programming with #FujiNet
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VCF 2020: Thom Cherryhomes #FujiNet in 15 Minutes
Stephen Edwards - Advanced 6502 Assembly Programming for the Apple II A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival West 2020, a virtual event held August 1, 2020. http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/
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VCF 2020: Stephen A. Edwards Inside the Apple II
VCF 2020: David Gesswein PDP 8i with peripherals and Calcomp 563 Plotter
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Panel Discussion — Why Do We Collect? Jim Willing, Bruce Lane, Marvin Johnston, Stephen Stone, Frank McConnell Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Saturday, October 25th, 1997 A portion of this talk is missing due to changing cassette tapes. This has been marked with a beep. Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 took place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California on October 25-26, 1997. Vintage Computer Federation (http://vcfed.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, collecting computers
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Liza Loop — Computers in Education Vintage Computer Festival 3.0 Saturday, October 2, 1999 Liza heads up the LO*OP Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving education through innovative thinking.  Liza introduced the first Apple into public schools in 1976 (in fact the first Apple 1, given to her by Steve Wozniak) and the world has never been the same since.  Liza will be bringing along the Apple 1 and other historic machines for show and tell. Vintage Computer Festival 3.0...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, LO*OP Center, computers in education
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When John Mauchly designed the ENIAC with Pres Eckert, he wasn’t just helping the Army get a job done. He wanted that machine to use for his own scientific pursuits. I’ll tell the story of Mauchly’s lifelong pursuit of a “personal” computer starting with the ENIAC, weighing in at 30 tons, all the way to his beloved TRS-80. Along the way, we’ll have to straighten out some history, find out where the ENIAC is now, and recount some of the amusing and twisted tales from the era of...
Topics: Bill Mauchly, Vintage Computer Festival, VCF East, computer history, ENIAC, John Mauchly, Pres...
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VCFE 9.1 2014 Overview Montage
VCFE 9.1 2014 IBM and the Social Security Administration Paul Lasewicz
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VCF 2020: Jason Perkins Printer Time
Christine Finn – Motherboards and Mother Lodes: Evolving Archaeology of the Digital Age Vintage Computer Festival West — August 7, 2016
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, archaeology, computer history
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A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival East 2022, which was held April 22 through 24 2022 at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, NJ
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A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival East 2022, which was held April 22 through 24 2022 at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, NJ
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Al Alcorn, Steve Russell, Don Woods — Early Computer Gaming panel Vintage Computer Festival West — August 7, 2016
Topics: video game history, pong, colossal cave adventure, spacewar, space war, Atari, computer history
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VCF 2020: Ethan Dicks 6502: The First Five Years
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Lee Felsenstein — Why does vintage computing matter? Vintage Computer Festival West — August 7, 2016
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, computer history, Vintage Computing
Bob Roswell — Univac 490 at the System Source Computer Museum A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival West 2020, a virtual event held August 1, 2020. http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/
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Andy Geppert — Core64 A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival West 2020, a virtual event held August 1, 2020. http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/
VCF 2020: Bil Herd and Dave Haynie Commodore Show and Tell
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VCFW 2017 Resurrecting Habitat
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VCFE 2019 Tony Bogan Basic Apple II Repair and Restoration
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VCFE 2019 Homebrew Computing Panel Discussion
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VCFW 2018 The Friendly Orange Glow
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Steve Casner — IBM 1620 Jr. A presentation at Vintage Computer Festival West 2020, a virtual event held August 1, 2020. http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west/
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Christine Finn — "Ada's Things" Vintage Computer Festival 4.0 Sunday, October 1, 2000 Christine is an archaeologist. So how did her research lead her to vintage computing? Christine is currently studying the Silicon Valley and the effects it has had in bringing about a global transformation in the way we live. Her talk at the VCF is called "Ada's Things" which looks at ways that computing artifacts can help piece together computer history. Vintage Computer Festival 4.0 was...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, computer history, computing artifacts
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Stephen Stone - The Life and Times of Kaypro Computers Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Sunday, October 26th, 1997 Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 took place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California on October 25-26, 1997. Stephen Stone, Clinical Social Worker, is a psychotherapist, computer consultant and purveyor of palmtop computers. He was one of the original members of the Santa Barbara KayPro Users Group formed in 1983 and is a current member of the Santa Barbara Classic...
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Kaypro computer
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Lincoln Spector Vintage Computer Festival 1.0 Sunday, October 26th, 1997 Author of the popular computer humor column "Gigglebytes" and Contributing Editor to PC World Lincoln Spector was introduced to the computer industry in 1983, when he watched his first computer, an Osborne 1, drop in value from $1500 to $200 within weeks of buying it.  After that experience, there was no option left but to become a humorist. Gigglebytes made its debut in the August 12, 1986 issue of San...
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Bob Brubaker — IBM 704 Vintage Computer Festival 4.0 Sunday, October 1, 2000 Vintage Computer Festival 4.0 was held at Parkside Hall in San Jose, California on  September 30th and October 1st, 2000. Vintage Computer Federation (http://vcfed.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization existing for and led by computer history hobbyists. Tapes digitized by Kevin Savetz (http://twitter.com/kevinSavetz) in September 2016.
Topics: Vintage Computer Festival, Bob Brubaker, IBM 704
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by Watts Humphrey
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MOBIDIC was a computer designed by Sylvania in 1956 for the U.S. Army Signal Corps, for which much of the engineering was performed at the Evans Signal Laboratory -- the same lab which now houses the VCF venue! The computer fit into the back of a truck and its design anticipated many later developments in computing and communications. Mr. Humphrey, working for Sylvania, wrote the original proposal and led the design of its logic. He then spent 27 years at IBM. A talk by Watts Humphrey at...
Topics: Watts Humphrey, MOBIDIC, computer history, Vintage Computer Festival, VCF East, Sylvania, U.S. Army...
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Fred Carl, founder and executive director of the InfoAge Science Center, talks about new developments at the center, and information about the museum in general. A talk given at Vintage Computer Festival East 6.0 on September 13, 2009.
Topics: Camp Evans, InfoAge Science Center, Vintage Computer Festival East, New Jersey