January 31st, 2013

VCFSE 1.0 Officially Announced

David Greelish, producer of the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast, has issued the following press release officially announcing the new convention:

Announcing the First Ever Vintage Computer Festival Southeast

The original Vintage Computer Festival was founded by Sellam Ismail and held in Pleasanton, California during October, 1997. Now, finally, the southeast region of the US gets its very own!

January 31, 2013, Atlanta, Georgia – Vintage Computer Festival Southeast – a public celebration of computer history and nostalgia – will be held on Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21. Our mission remains the same as that very first show:

The main mission of the Vintage Computer Festival is to promote the preservation of "obsolete" computers by offering attendees a chance to experience the technologies, people and stories that embody the remarkable tale of the computer revolution.

We will educate and entertain!

Dozens of exhibitors will be present from all over the region, plus many from other parts of the country. Many different brands of historic computers will be represented in the exhibit hall for live demonstrations by their owners.

A large premier exhibit will welcome each attendee as they enter the festival – The Apple Pop-Up Museum which tells the story of how a small start-up company, founded in a garage by two young friends, became the leading consumer electronics and personal computer company in the world. The exhibit displays an exclusive collection of game-changing Apple personal computers and consumer electronics products while presenting the history of the company since its founding in 1976 to the present. An Apple I and the first Disk II and controller card are among the rare artifacts to be displayed.

A vintage game station will be available for children and adults to play a large variety of classic games on classic computers and game consoles.

Two retrocomputing kit building classes will be held, plus numerous, and inexpensive introduction to soldering classes.

Lectures are still being scheduled now, but our very special keynote speaker and presenter will be announced very soon!

The VCFSE is hosted and produced by the Computer Museum of America and the Atlanta Historical Computing Society.

One-day adult tickets to the VCFSE are just $5. Ages 17 and younger are admitted free. For hours, directions, and other details, please visit vintage.org (lots more info coming)

January 23rd, 2013

VCF East 9.0 postponed

VCF East 9.0, originally scheduled for May 18th and 19th of this year has been delayed until 2014 due to venue facility damage caused by last year’s Hurricane Sandy.  Evan Koblentz posted the following announcement to the classiccmp mailing list this evening:

VCF East 9.0, scheduled for May 18-19 this year, is postponed to next year. That’s because our venue sustained some Sandy-related damage.

It’s nothing unfixable (and no artifacts in our museum were harmed), but we are not certain about having the buildings repaired in time for the show.

So, in spring 2014, we’ll host VCF East 9.1. ;)

However we will probably have a swap meet and/or other smaller events this year. Details TBD.

January 21st, 2013

The return of the A2Central Downunder Chat

Andrew Roughan has announced the return of a2central.com’s weekly Downunder Chat:

After a hiatus… it is time for a come back.

Calling all Apple II enthusiasts who are awake between 9pm and 11pm Australian Eastern Summer Time on Friday nights to visit the #a2c.chat channel on the A2Central IRC server.
That’s probably likely to be Aussies, Kiwis, people in Asia who aren’t working late, people in Europe who don’t have a day job, and insomniacs from the USA… but everyone is welcome.

I would like to discuss another gathering of like-minded individuals. Prior discussions on this seemed to indicate that the Sydney area was a central point. Validation of this from those who would attend is important before taking the next step to confirm a venue.

Other discussion topics will include where participants are located, local introductions, interests, projects, etc.

There is an informal Australian Apple II enthusiast email list that I maintain, so if you can’t make the chat but would like to be included in this then let me know.

The chat will be hosted on irc.a2central.com, channel #a2c.chat – use your favorite IRC client.

Connection on the bare metal is possible with an Apple IIgs using the Samurai IRC CDA

If you’d like a web interface to avoid the trouble of installing an IRC client, try this:

Every Friday 9pm-11pm AEST
Server: irc.a2central.com
Channel: #a2c.chat

If necessary, check how the time in your location corresponds with Sydney on this site:
We are ahead of most of the world.

I won’t be able to make every week, so the facilitation will be done by regular chat attendee Jonnyboy – Jon Co.

Hope to see you there!

January 14th, 2013

Stolen gear being sold on eBay?

This is being posted as a service to the retro-computing community.  The following message from VCF founder and respected hobbyist Sellam Ismail appeared on the Classiccmp mailing list this evening.

eBay seller id "tvrsales" is currently selling property stolen from the Vintage Computer Festival.

If you are planning on buying anything of a vintage computer nature from eBay seller "tvrsales" in Stockton, California, please know that you are most likely bidding on stolen property.

The VCF Archives were stolen by Tri-Valley Recycling (eBay ID "tvrsales") in cahoots with the landlords of the building where it was sold. The sordid tale can be read about through lawsuit material already on my
website for download: http://vintagetech.com/download/lawsuit/

Whether or not you believe Sellam’s account of this dispute, it may be wise to reconsider bidding on items from eBay user “tvrsales” until any legal issues have been settled. Caveat emptor.

January 9th, 2013

“Sophistication & Simplicity” now available for pre-order

Dr. Steven Weyhrich’s forthcoming Apple II history book previously announced on a2central.com, “Sophistication & Simplicity: The Life & Times of the Apple II Computer” is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. Expected to ship in April 2013, the 524-page hardcover tome can be ordered now for $19.57. That’s a 55% discount from the $29.95 retail price. Run, don’t walk!

January 3rd, 2013

Open Apple podcast #23 (January 2013) now available

Open Apple 2012 roundtableHaving gathered the treasures of 2012 and being tempted by the promises of 2013, the hosts of the monthly Open Apple podcast are joined by Andy Molloy of Juiced.GS, Peter Neubauer of KansasFest, Vince Briel of Briel Computers, and Antoine Vignau of Brutal Deluxe to reflect on all that has happened with the Apple II and its community in the past year. We pick our favorite products, share memorable events, and make predictions for 2013. Topics include Apple-1 auctions, Kickstarter-funded sequels, progress in emulation, and more.

Find the show at the Open Apple Web site or in the iTunes and Zune podcast directories.