Re: [midatlanticretro] Trenton
- On Fri, Apr 1, 2011 at 10:49 PM, Evan Koblentz <evan@...> wrote:
Trenton (indoor area) opens to the public at 9am tomorrow. I'll be
there at 8ish. I am bringing tablecloths, our Altair, Pong, and MARCH
literature. Andy's bringing his Apple //e. Bill is (I think) bringing
an early laptop, such as the Epson HX-20 or TRS-80 Model 100.
Have fun at TCF.
Take some pics & video.
You know the usual stuff,
Computer porn, exploding power supplies, Evan's bad jokes, etc.
and any Geek 'n Gamer girls :)
- The TCF Flea Market was small but in a single large room; better than searching half a building as in the last few years. There was little "vintage" there but a few people had pre-1985 computing items for sale, and not expensive. I bought one. Parts vendors were there, I bought useful parts for vintage or replica work. There were a few small microkit vendors also. I'd compare it to a "local hamfest" event overall. Also, the Sarnoff Collection was nearby, and they showed some of their collection of RCA's computing history, including early 1802 devices.
But TCF always brings out the "old school" of 70's and 80's microcomputer participants. They are worth meeting and some gave talks. There's how-to-make events for current "makers", the 3D printer and Arduino/RaspPi crowd. You can obtain a ham radio license in one day. And TCF always spoke to popular use of computing technology; that's simply become ordinary rather than extraordinary. The event was satisfactory and has value; the value has changed.