Vintage Computer Festival East XI
Vintage Computer Festival East XI was held April 15 - 17, 2016 at the InfoAge Science History Museum in Wall, New Jersey. The festival featured dozens of hands-on exhibitions of historic computers, peripherals, and software.
The oldest hardware there was a DEC PDP-8/E minicomputer and a Kenbak-1 microcomputer, both from 1970. One exhibitor, Brian Stuart, showed his homemade simulation of the ENIAC from 1945!
Most of the exhibits focused on 1970s-1980s minicomputers and microcomputers, such as DEC VAXen, S-100 "homebrew" systems such as the famous Altair 8800, and 8-bit home micros from companies like Apple, Atari, Commodore, Radio Shack, and many others. Other exhibitors demonstrated homemade software and modern hacks, such as a Commodore 64 multiplayer Space Command! game.
The InfoAge center is also home to a computer museum hosted by the Vintage Computer Federation, which is the nonprofit organization that leads the Festival series. The museum's artifacts include gems such as various analog and digital mainframes from the 1950s-1960s -- even a UNIVAC that formerly belonged to the US Navy.
Disclaimer: I am the president of the Vintage Computer Federation.
Image: Dan Roganti
Evan Koblentz began covering enterprise IT news during the dot-com boom times of the late 1990s. He recently published a book, "Abacus to smartphone: The evolution of mobile and portable computers". He is director of Vintage Computer Federation, a 501(c)3 non-profit and can often be found running marathons or having deep conversations with Floppy Disk Cat.