> Evan did talk on "computing for newbies" that went well.
Errr, that was "vintage" computing for newbies .... :)
I'm going to sleep soon because I have an early flight tomorrow. But a
few quick notes about the show:
- The Apple 30th birthday party was awesome. Woz, Daniel Kottke, Randy
Wigginton, Chris Espinosa, Andy Hertzfeld, and Captain Crunch were all
- Woz sounded genuinely interested in our VCF East show. Asked me to keep
in touch with info about the dates and stuff. BTW, he has the coolest
business card ever. It's metal and has engraved patterns. I might check
it into my luggage instead of keeping it in my wallet -- wouldn't want the
airport security people to take it away!!!
- Digibarn's Bruce Damer asked the whole audience for suggestions about a
30th anniversary for 2007. Which got me thinking: why don't we do that at
East, too? And which noteworthy computer company was based in our
territory that launched in 1977...? COMMODORE!!! So I talked to a few
Commodore people here at VCF and they loved the idea. We'll invite a
bunch of early Commodore people and throw a 30th birthday party. It's
said that Jack T. does not really care anymore about history, akin to Jobs
@ Apple, but that Chuck Peddle is cool with this stuff, akin to Woz. I'll
contact Brian Bagnall who wrote the Commodore book last year; he's in good
- I spoke again with Hans Franke, who runs VCF Europa (in Munich). We're
still considering the logistics of having (at a minimum) IRC terminals so
the VCF East and VCF Europa attendees can chat. We're also considering
(ideally) doing a full videocast of the keynotes, roaming exhibit video,
- Vince Briel and Jack Rubin were here, both of whom exhibited at East
3.0, and they spread the good word about our show. That's a lot more
compelling to regular people than hearing it from Sellam, me, or Bill.
- Bill had the idea that at next year's Trenton show, MARCH can sell a few
ready-to-go vintage computer systems as a fundraiser. I think maybe we
can do it as a silent auction, but either way, it's a good concept. We
have to run it by the TCF people since they give us free booth space with
the understanding that we're a non-profit and not selling stuff. We could
just buy a booth, but that could defeat the income we get from it.
- I spoke with my friend Liza Loop, who owns the Apple 1 serial #1 (she
got it directly from Woz when it was new.) She's really into computers in
education and she might build a traveling exhibit. She's quite a pro at
this, so that would make a great museum exhibit and the InfoAge people
would love the education focus. (No, she won't send us the #1 Apple 1
- My exhibit won an award for "Best Technology: Non-Electronic" (I showed
pre-industrial computing devices) .... there was only one other exhibit in
this category (Babbage machine replica) .... but that guy wasn't entered
in the judging ... so I had the "best" of one entrant. ;)
- Bought myself an expansion module for my Sharp PC-5000, and bought an
Epson HX-20 with its expansion module, case, and manual (my existing HX-20
doesn't work.) Bill bought some kind of drive.
- In addition to Woz, I had a nice conversation with Lee Felsenstein about
the Osborne computer. Lee was there to talk about the SOL 20 (which he
designed) but he was happy to answer my Osborne questions as well (he
designed that, too.) Cool! Meanwhile, Bill and I both had a nice chat
with Steve "Slug" Russell, who co-wrote Spacewar on the PDP-1 at MIT in
- I had dinner tonight with Michael Holley. Michael isn't really famous
for anything, but he attended the Homebrew club meetings in the
mid-to-late 1970s, and was there when all of the landmark products were
introduced. For example he was there when Woz first spoke up to show a
home-designed TVT --- the Apple 1. Michael's a really friendly guy and he
might bring a SWTPC exhibit to our show. Emphasis on "might"...
...Probably forgot to mention a few things, but I'm exhausted now and off
to hunt the elusive wild ZZZ.
Remember, the next MARCH - InfoAge workday is this Saturday, Nov. 11.