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Vintage Computer Festival West 2019 Info Dump

When I go to an event such as the Vintage Computer Festival West , I spend some time compiling information afterwards. So, here is where I’m dumping that info.

The Vintage Computer Festival West 2019 was August 3 & 4 2019 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.
Event hashtag: #vcfwest
Vintage Computer Federation Website:
Vintage Computer Federation Youtube Channel:

Day 1 Videos:
*VCF West 2019 Welcome Video (there is about 10 minutes of silence on the video. Don’t freak out.)
Mentioned in this video:,

* VCF West 2019 Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) Demonstration 1 (again with the silence)
Mentioned in this video:: Orbiter Space Simulator, NASSP plug in for Orbiter, Virtual AGC on Github

* Second ACG Demo

* VCF West 2019: Bil Herd, ICs and Aging
Mentioned in this video:

* Apple 1 User’s Panel (skip to about the 12 minute mark. They are getting their act together at that point. The sounds will come back up at 13:26. Don’t worry.)
Mentioned in this video: The Apple-1 Registry

Day 2 Videos:
* Apple 1 Demonstration
Mentioned in this video: Louis Rossmann, LO*OP Center, If This Then That

* Apollo Guidance Computer (Information)
Mentioned in this video: How the Apollo Spacecraft works: Part 1 by Jared Owens,

Exhibits and Related Stuff:

Exhibit 06: Before MacIntosh The Apple Lisa (Documentary) – the trailer link doesn’t work at the moment (though you can see a video on the Indiegogo site), and the “Indiegogo” link goes to the kickstarter that has already ended. The correct Indiegogo campaign link is here and it looks to be running until sometime in September 2019 .

Exhibit 07: Atari 400/800 Computers – San Leandro Computer Club

Exhibit 08: RetroShield for Arduino Mega –

Exhibit 14: Apple II Rev. 0 vs. Rev. 7 Replica – Apple II Rev 0

Exhibit 20: IBM 1620 Jr./Recreating the Console Typewriter – Dave Babcock’s YouTube

Exhibit 21: Cadetwriter, A Wheelwriter-based Computer Terminal –

Exhibit 22: Tandy/TRS-80 Color Computers – CocoTALK Talk Show, CoComan Cables, Gunstar Game for the CoCo 3 (6309-only), CoCoVGA, CoCo 3 FPGA

Exhibit 24: MOnSter 6502 – MonSter6502, Evil Mad Scientist

Exhibit 25: The History of Videogames – The MADE, Museum of Art of Digital Entertainment

Exhibit 30: MakerLisp Machine – MakerLisp

Exhibit 36: Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) Restoration – Project Blog, Article about the restoration, Another Article

ReActiveMicro.comApple 1 replica

Apple II Heaven

San Francisco Bay Area Retrocomputing Club (BARCC)

Links from VCF 2018 that were still open in tabs on my phone:

Adwater & Stir

Obsolescence Guaranteed

Glenside Color Computer Club (home of the Annual “Last” Chicago CoCoFEST!)

Spare Time Gizmos

Nuts & Volts

Cactus 6502 Home-brew

Posted on 3rd August 2019
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An Actual Vacation: Day 2 – Fort Bragg and Points North (pt. 2)

And here’s part two of day two. That first post was getting too long. Oops. Sorry.

When last we left our intrepid explorers, they were leaving the Skunk Train to move on to their next destination. Where were they bound?

Well, as it turns out, McDonalds. But only because we were in a hurry to eat and be on our way.

But! That’s where I found Max.

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Posted on 24th July 2016
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An Actual Vacation: Day 2 – Fort Bragg and Points North (pt.1)

And now onto day two!

After groaning ourselves to awake and dressed (mornings, ugh!), we made our way downstairs to the breakfast room. Breakfast is $15/person at the Weller, and you can decide if you want it or not at any point up to the evening before (provided you get a chance to tell someone.) Let me just tell you to go ahead and buy the breakfast at least once. Seriously. It comes with your choice of coffee, tea, and/or juice. The juice during our stay was a peace nectar that they make in-house. Most of their food is made on-site and/or organic in some way. I tried a bit of everything. I had a chocolate croissant (with peach butter), oatmeal (with peach butter), eggs, nectarine slices, coffee, peach nectar…I’m sure I’m forgetting something.

Behold the remains of our breakfast!

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Posted on 24th July 2016
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An Actual Vacation: Day 1 – Headed to Fort Bragg, CA

The Golden Gate Bridge in the Fog in July 2016

For the first time in ages, my hubby and I actually went on a vacation somewhere together! I know. Don’t faint from shock or anything.
Why not have a nice sit down. There you go.

(Technically, this was my third day of vacation, but I spent the first two watching the Great British Bake Off/Great British Baking Show and doing chores about the house. So, I’m not counting them.)

It took us a while to get going, but we finally made it to the Golden Gate Bridge at about 2:50pm and found it foggy, as you see above. Not terribly surprising. But not long after we were on our way up the 101 toward our destination.
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Posted on 22nd July 2016
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Difference Engine #2: Detail View

This is a detail view from Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine #2 (with which I am obsessed.) If you aren’t familiar with Babbage and his work, click on the link and get in the know. In the Difference Engine art and math combine to create some of the first stirrings of the computer age. Watch the thing in motion. Seriously. I was lucky enough to see it in person during a previous visit to the Computer History Museum. …Okay, I’ll stop now.

Posted on 4th April 2012
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Travels: Computer History Museum

We went to the Computer History Museum again the other day, armed with cameras. This is the entrance (well…the sign for the current exhibit at the entrance).

April is National Poetry Month. I don’t promise a poem a day, but at least a few poems will appear…and I’ll mix it up with some images that could be seen as poetic. (If you look at them a certain way…) We start with a signpost. Let’s see what’s inside together, eh?

Posted on 1st April 2012
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I am not left-handed…

So, here are a couple of fun pics that are vaguely related. You see, in the Magic Kingdom, they have a ride/game called Astro Blasters, that features Buzz Lightyear. This is our best score. Also, I think we look pretty Badass. ;) (Please note that my hubby actually ranked.)

In Disney’s California Adventure, there is a ride/game called Midway Mania, which features all of the folks from Toy Story. (I would like to point out here that I totally beat my hubby at that one, on our one time through, by 200 points.) While we were in line, we ran across this sign:

It…doesn’t translate well from American English to British English, does it? *gigglesnort*

Posted on 20th November 2011
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While we were wandering about at the (rather under construction) Disney’s California Adventure, we ran across something that caused a bit of a…geek moment. (Caution, this post is very full of photos.)

Yes. That is Flynn’s Arcade. As you might imagine, this caused some smartphone research as we stood behind the barricade and stared. And what did we discover? Well, something called ElecTRONica.

Of course we had to go back at night to encounter this.
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Posted on 19th November 2011
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Congrats to my Evil Twin

Far too early on Saturday morning, I got up and drove for a relatively traffic-free hour (instead of the feared two hours of gridlock) to arrive for the original reason I made the trip down south. The wedding of my beloved Evil Twin.

(Don’t they look nice from the back? My Evil Twin is wearing the same tux as the 11th Doctor favors. Obviously he is a man of taste and refinement.)

After the wedding, we reversed course…then decided to test my vertigo thing by going on the huge Ferris Wheel.

I am frankly amazed that I didn’t drop my phone while trying to take this photo. For the record, the first time I went on this ride (on my honeymoon, no less), I (stupidly) tried one of the swinging gondolas. Yeah. I’m surprised that my husband didn’t lose his sense of hearing then and there. *shiver*

Sadly, I’ve got to keep this short, since I want to post while it’s still today, so, for your hint for tomorrow – Have you seen either of the TRON movies?

Posted on 18th November 2011
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Pictures and Podcasts

(Okay, it’s actually only one podcast, but it sounded better in the plural. You know how it is, yeah?)
I believe that I mentioned that a podcast asked to use one of my poems? Well, it’s been posted, and here it is: The Jackass-Penguin Show’s Jazzy Selection (episode 7) (warning: it starts playing on load). If you like modern Jazz, you might think about subscribing.

And now back to my holiday snaps. When last we we saw our intrepid travelers, they had arrived at their destination, and were off having fun.

I got to have Dole Whip THREE TIMES during this trip. And this is what it looked like standing in line for my favorite yummy thing the night we arrived. (For those of you who are curious why I love Dole Whip so much 1)I love pineapple juice 2) I love soft-serve 3) Dairy products (especially ice cream) do not love me. The sadness! *dramatic gesture* Now while this may be great for my waistline, it’s not so good for the happiness of me. Therefore: Dole Whip, complete with no dairy! Cue the choir of angels!)

What can I say about the new Star Tours that isn’t too spoilery? Um…Okay, how about this: It’s in 3D, and each of the three times I went on the ride…it was different! Give it a try if you can.

And here is the view of the Matterhorn, with its eerie glowing heart, taken from the Monorail platform. Do they still have climbers on it at any point these days? I didn’t see any while I was there, but that may have had something to do with the time of year. I did actually go on the ride at one point in the weekend, and it jerked me all around just as I remembered. Ow.

Tomorrow: The other reason I was in SoCal – My evil Twin’s Wedding!

Posted on 17th November 2011
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