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Photos: Homebrew CPUs, IBM mainframes, amazing replicas, and more from Vintage Computer Festival West XI

Vintage Computer Festival West XI

Vintage Computer Festival West XI, held August 6-7, 2016 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, featured dozens of hands-on exhibitions of historic computers, peripherals, and software.

Highlights included DEC minicomputers, an IBM mainframe, all manner of 8-bit microcomputers, a Xerox Alto emulator, a replica differential analyzer that won the best-of-show award, and several examples of homemade CPUs--all of which were up-and-running.

VCF West is owned by the Vintage Computer Federation, a 501(c)3 non-profit serving hobbyists. The Federation also operates VCF East, the Vintage Computer Forum discussion site, and chapters including its founding Mid-Atlantic group. (Disclaimer: I am the president of the Vintage Computer Federation.)

Image: Dan Roganti

About Evan Koblentz

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 50...

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