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
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.