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Vintage Computer Festival West is back!

Vintage Computer Festival West is returning for its 11th iteration this coming weekend (Aug. 6-7, 2016) at the amazing Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, USA.

Back from a 9-year hiatus, the event is now being organised as part of the non-profit Vintage Computer Federation, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organisation existing for, and led by, computer history hobbyists. The Federation evolved in autumn 2015 “from the DNA of related groups”.

Vintage Computer Festival West XI logo
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The festival runs from Saturday, 9:30am-6:00pm, to Sunday, 9:00am-5:30pm.

Hands-on exhibits will be presented on Saturday and Sunday. You’ll find demos of 1960s minicomputers, 1970s homebrew systems, 1980s eight-bitters, and a few oddities. Some exhibits contain pristine original machines, while others focus on unique modern hacks, and everything in between.

Celebration Apple I

CharityBuzz are auctioning what may be the rarest Apple-1 in existence. Come see it at the show!

Early Amiga

There will also apparently be an Amiga 1000 with serial number 1 on show!

Consignment room

Vintage Computer Festivals are not flea/swap events, however the organisers are offering a consignment room.

Tickets/More information

Tickets are available now.  To book and for more details of the event including food etc, see the event web page – click on the link below.

http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-west-xi/

Seminal retro-games enter Video Game Hall of Fame

Doom
Doom

Seminal video game classics Doom and Pong have been inducted into the first Video Game Hall of Fame, as part of a project to find influential games begun in February by American museum of play ‘The Strong’.

Minecraft and Angry Birds, although finalists, didn’t make the cut but World of Warcraft, Pac-Man, Tetris and Super Mario Bros did.

The museum invited people to nominate video games played in all formats to be selected as iconic game-changers and the winners span thirty years of gaming between 1972 (Pong) to 2004 (W.O.W.).

Pong was an obvious choice because it effectively launched the video gaming industry, say the museum:

Pong (pic Wikipedia)
Pong (pic Wikipedia)

“By most measures of popular impact, Pong (1972) launched the video game industry. A simple game involving two paddles and a ball, Pong introduced millions to the joys of playing video games.

Although it was not the first electronic game, and the Magnavox Odyssey home console already featured a similar tennis game,Pong was the first game to grab wide-scale public attention. Its success propelled Atari into a preeminent role in the video game industry. Decades after its launch, Pong’s iconic sound, intuitive controls, and satisfying game play still resonate, inviting people to try their hand at keeping the ball bouncing as long as possible.”

Other games were chosen for becoming cultural icons (Tetris), making games a mass-market phenomenon (Pac-Man) and changing the way games were made (Doom).

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Historic UNIX film released online

From 'The UNIX System', 1982 (Courtesy AT&T Archives)
From ‘The UNIX System’, 1982 (Courtesy AT&T Archives)

The AT & T Archives have released an historic film produced at Bell Laboratories in 1982, entitled ‘The UNIX System: Making Computers More Productive’.

This is bound to be of interest to computer historians and fans of UNIX, one of the world’s most important operating systems.

The film, which is introduced by Victor A. Vyssorsky, then Executive Director of Research Communications Principles, is just short of half an hour long, and is viewable on YouTube in the AT&T Tech Channel.

See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc4ROCJYbm0

New AT&T archive films can be found every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at: http://techchannel.att.com/archives