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Video The 2015 Vintage Computer Festival East is April 17-19 (Video) 23

The Vintage Computer Festival East is where you go to see working computers from the forties through the eighties. It's held at the Information Age Learning Center (InfoAge) in Wall, New Jersey, a site that is full of electronics history on its own. In addition to displays (including a number of items for sale), there are sessions on topics ranging from "Keyboard Restoration" to "Fixing what's hopelessly broken." Event volunteer Evan Koblentz, today's interviewee, says that most of the several hundred people the event draws every year come from the United States, but there are always at least a few international visitors. And if New Jersey isn't your thing, there are other Vintage Computer Festivals you might want to attend. To get current news about these events, you might want to sign up for the VCF email list.
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The 2015 Vintage Computer Festival East is April 17-19 (Video)

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  • and Southeast (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward []

    SouthEast is May 2 and 3 in Roswell, Georgia, just up Georgia 400 from Atlanta.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Then you can give back A/C electricity, the light bulb, UNIX, etc... We will gladly take it back, including trans-atlantic communications. We will take it all back. Thank you very much.

  • by GoodNewsJimDotCom ( 2244874 ) on Wednesday March 11, 2015 @04:19PM (#49236409)
    The thing the C64 has on todays machines is: No matter what software you ran in it, you could boot it up again cleanly. Maybe they should work on getting back that positive trait on modern computers. Even you have to separate the boot hard disk from what can be read/written to, it would be so worth it. Virus fears are the reason I hesitate to browse boldly, or to download and run any .exe.
    • So use a live cd.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        So use a live cd.

        You know what boots faster than a live CD? A C-64, an Apple II, a TRS-80, ...

        Windows, OS X and Linux may be a lot prettier and far more powerful than yesteryear's computers and operating systems, but I had a heck of a lot more fun learning on those than I do using today's computers.

    • You can do that with any computer unless you assume BIOS or hard disk fuckery.

      It's called an install disk. Separate the storage media for your data and your OS and you can reinstall your OS (or restore from a backup) when needed.

  • Having owned a Telletype ASR33 in high school and a plethora of hardware, I wish i could attend!

  • When I was a twelve (or so) I was given my first pocket calculator, the entry level Citizen 800D (version 1 or 2). []

    It is at my parents home and my father still uses it for everyday calculations, as I've upgraded many time since then. :)

    I'm not sure exactly which version it is, version 1 or 2. They used different processors for each version.

    version 1 [] unlisted processor
    version 2 [] NEC uPD940C (1975)


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