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Photos: Tandy, Symbolics, Atari, Sun, and more at Vintage Computer Festival Pacific-Northwest

Vintage Computer Festival Pacific-Northwest took place February 10-11, 2018 at Living Computers: Museum+Labs and featured 20 hands-on exhibits, along with expert presentations and behind-the-scenes museum tours.

This was the first Seattle event for the nonprofit Vintage Computer Federation, which also produces Vintage Computer Festival East at its own museum in Wall, NJ, and Vintage Computer Festival West at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. The show venue for Seattle, formerly known as the Living Computer Museum, is led by Paul Allen who cofounded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975.

Most of the exhibits focused on 1970s-1980s minicomputers and microcomputers, such as DEC PDP-series minicomputers, S-100 "homebrew" systems, and 8-bit home micros from companies like Apple, Atari, Commodore, Radio Shack, and many others. Still other exhibitors demonstrated homemade software and modern hacks. User groups, such as the Seattle Retro-Computing Society, were also present.

Upcoming editions of the Vintage Computer Festival series include VCF Southeast (April 21-22, 2018 operated by the Atlanta Historical Computing Society), VCF East (May 18-20, 2018), and VCF West (August 4-5, 2018).

Disclaimer: This gallery was created by VCF director Evan Koblentz, who is also a TechRepublic contributing writer.

Image: VCF logo by Dan Roganti

About 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...

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