The Vintage Computer Festival 2018 @ the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA


The show floor from the entryway - there was so much cool stuff to see!

Another view of the show floor, in this area were mostly machines from non-US manufacturers

Welcome to the World of #Atari! So many awesome vintage Atari units, including a never-released prototype Atari 1400XL under the glass panel

Topical board games and puzzles from the dawn of the Computer Revolution

One of the original rack-mounted minicomputers that brought the original CompuServe service to life

Gorgeous replica kit-computers which mimic early “personal computers” and minicomputers. Gotta love those switches and blinkenlights! After seeing these in person, I'm 100% going to be buying and building a "PiDP-11" and "Altairduino" kit - they're just too cool not to have blinking in my house

Sweet chiptunes being pumped out of a heavily-upgraded Apple IIe

A restored and functional PDP-11 minicomputer - one of the immensely important machines that played a role in the transition from the early mainframe era to the more modern #pcmasterrace era

Terminals for accessing the PDP-11

This is my aesthetic #nostalgia

Adrienne, the lovely woman who taught me all about the surprisingly-rich overlap between the early computing era and the textiles & knitting industries. She hand-designed the weaves shown in the next pic, tediously entering each knit “pixel” by hand into a tiny membrane keyboard

Examples of 1-bit (aka black-n-white) graphics being 'printed' by a computerized (but still hand-powered!) knitting machine. The Brother company in Japan designed and manufactured a series of knitting machines from the 1950s to the 1990s. The patterns are stored on 3.5″ floppies using a Tandy drive.

A new computer kit replicating the style of many early “home computers"

Examples of various international home computers

This is the IBM PC "5150," aka the original PC. My first computer was a 5150 salvaged from a thrift store in the early 1990s, and seeing one again in person brought back a ton of happy memories

The Apple 1, literally the machine which started a revolution

So cool to be this close to an actual Apple 1!

The original sales receipt for the Apple 1. Note the price ($666.66), chosen by Steve Jobs because he liked the symmetry of the numbers

A letter from Steve Jobs, answering some technical questions about the Apple 1

A fun new 4-player Atari game! Note also that this Atari is signed by Al Alcott, one of the creators of Pong and Atari

The insanely-beautiful PiDP-11, which accurately emulates and replicates the functions and interface for a mid-1970's DEC minicomputer. I'm in love with those switches and blinking lights!

The Osborne 1, generally considered the first mass-produced 'portable' computer. This one was sitting in the consignment area of the Festival, and it's missing its twin floppy drives. Despite the missing drives, I bought it for $20 - a price well under my "impulse buy" limit. Now to just find those floppy drives...

Luxuriate in that spacious 5" black-and-white display!

No home is complete without an Astrological Microcomputer - even the White House! This is apparently the same make/model of astrological computer used by the personal astrologer to Ronald and Nancy Reagan during their tenure in DC. Crazy!

A Portable Microprocessor Training Lab

A working teletype machine! The sound this thing made was really fascinating - somewhere between a mechanical typewriter and a steam locomotive

This vendor was showing his newly-designed HDMI interface for the Apple II series of computers! At long last, you too can get a sharp digital picture from your 1970's-era computer on your 2018-era TV

A "big box" Amiga 2000 hanging out alongside a compact Mac (I think an SE/30)

Various unusual home computers

A deeply weird 3D graphics demo running from an unidentified portable graphics system