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Photos: Atari, Unix, ENIAC, and more from Vintage Computer Festival East 2019

Counterpoint C-19, Amiga, homebrew laptops, and more at Vintage Computer Festival East 2019

Vintage Computer Festival East 2019 was held May 3-5 at the InfoAge Science & History Center in Wall, NJ. The event featured dozens of hands-on exhibitions of historic computers, peripherals, and software.

This year's keynoters were Ken Thompson, of Bell Labs/Unix fame, and Joe Decuir, a hardware engineer from Atari/Amiga. In their honor, several of the exhibitors demonstrated Unix and Atari computers.

The InfoAge center is also home to a year-round computer museum hosted by the Vintage Computer Federation, which is the same nonprofit organization that leads the Festival series. The museum's artifacts include some gems such as various analog and digital mainframes from the 1950s-1960s--even a UNIVAC that formerly belonged to the US Navy.

Upcoming editions of the Vintage Computer Festival series include VCF West (Aug. 3-4, Silicon Valley) and VCF Midwest (Sept. 14-15, Chicago).

Author's note: I am Executive Director of the VCF.

Image: Dan Roganti

By Evan Koblentz

Evan became a technology reporter during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. He published a book, "Abacus to smartphone: The evolution of mobile and portable computers" in 2015 and is executive director of Vintage Computer Federation, a 501(c)3 non-p...