Re: [midatlanticretro] 1985 - 1995 era computing event - the "post-vintage computer festival 1.0"
- On 6/1/11 2:44 PM, system@... wrote:
>> For nontechnical people who show up out of curiosity, it may giveWell yes, there is that.
>> them the impression that "vintage computing" is all about early Pentiums
>> and stuff like that. They may not even recognize a PDP-11 as being a
>> computer at all, and wonder why that weird-looking machine with all the
>> lights is set up in here next to all the antique computers running
>> Windows 3.0.
> It should be limited to machines that run OSs. That would keep all with
> WEENDOZE cruft out of sight! :)
Port Charlotte, FL
- I agree that a separate show would be counter-productive, but we have
always had exhibits at VCFE from this era which covered many of the
topics mentioned. Exhibits based on technology from the 90's need to be
"interesting" - more than a 286 running Win 3.0 in standard mode. (I
once had Win 3.0 running on an HP 200LX in real mode, which mm.) A study
of GUIs has been mentioned many times and would include stuff into the
mid-90's. Certainly there were networks before 1985 but this is when PC
LANs first became successful, so just about any networking exhibit will
extend into the 90's.
A functioning BBS at VCF would be a ton of fun. It would be awesome if
there were telephone line simulators so people could connect their own
machines! Again mid-80's to early 90's technology. One modern PC could
host several BBS's running in VMs and accessed by telnet.
On 6/1/2011 1:20 PM, B Degnan wrote:
>> I wonder what a completely separate 1985 - 1995 era computing event
>> would be like.
>> C development systems
>> Mac II
>> Novell and Banyan
>> 14.4K modems
>> Internet ISP's
>> CDRom multimedia
>> SoundBlaster music & sound effects
>> Desktop Video editing
>> but why keep it separate ?
>> It's entertaining still to keep it all combined
> desktop publishing and early laser printers
> Not in the same exhibit space. a separate post 85 to pre-Pentium room,
> with armed guards at the doors to keep them from intimidating the 8-bits.
> Seriously, I would not want everything just mixed together, not sure if
> it's my need for a sense of order or what. I'd envision a separate post
> vintage computer festival held someplace...hmmmm.....I like that term
> "post-vintage computer" festival. Or maybe post-modern computers.
>What about Justin's exhibit?
> A functioning BBS at VCF would be a ton of fun. It would be awesome if
> there were telephone line simulators so people could connect their own
> machines! Again mid-80's to early 90's technology. One modern PC could
> host several BBS's running in VMs and accessed by telnet.
- I regret to admit that whenever I spoke with Justin we talked about
money or the refreshment "stand" and never got around to his exhibit. My
fault. This leads me to another deficiency: the lack of a network at
VCF. Even without Internet access, a functioning network could add
another dimension to some exhibits.
I also never took time to go over to see the progress in the H-building
On 6/2/2011 1:52 PM, B. Degnan wrote:
> > A functioning BBS at VCF would be a ton of fun. It would be awesome if
> > there were telephone line simulators so people could connect their own
> > machines! Again mid-80's to early 90's technology. One modern PC could
> > host several BBS's running in VMs and accessed by telnet.
> What about Justin's exhibit?