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SPONSOR: Totally Normal Computing - Action Retro

A number of vintage portable computers running interesting, obscure operating systems.

SPONSOR: The SoutherAmis Projects - Amis

The Southern Amis Projects designs, restores, preserves, and runs Atari Bulletin Board Systems. Supporting  a strong community of enthusiasts, built around the AMIS (Atari Message Information System) legacy, providing a retro to modern experience.

SPONSOR: A Mystery... Even To Me! - The VintNerd

To Be Determined. 🤔

SPONSOR: Levi's RetroBridge - Levi C. Maaia

Levi like's finding new ways to network his 8-bit and 16-bit computers, integrate them with modern tech and pair them with AI chatbots, packet radio, Wi-Fi links and more.

SPONSOR: Connect Your Atari 8-Bit Computer to an Arduino Microcontroller - Jason H. Moore

The Atari 8-bit computer can communicate with peripheral devices such as printers and disk drives through both the joystick port and the SIO port. Reading and writing to these ports make it possible to communicate with modern devices such as an Arduino microcontroller. The Arduino in turn can be programmed to control devices such as motors. This opens the door to using the Atari to control a wide variety of modern devices. We will demonstrate how to get an Atari to communicate with an Arduino.

SPONSOR: PCBWay

Coupon Cards being handed out at the VCF SoCal Registration Table; while supplies last.

SPONSOR: Aquarius & Aquarius+ Computers - Sean P Harrington

Experience the original Mattel Electronics Computer and see the modern add-ons for the system, including the Aquarius MX system expander. Also play with the all-new Aquarius+ system, featuring sprites, tilemaps, 6 voice music, digitized audio, and other surprises!

SPONSOR: Old World Computing Presents - It Comes in Colors! *to go*

When Henry Ford introduced the Model T he said, "You can have it in any color as long as it's black." The computer industry through the 90s was the same, you can have it in any color as long as it’s beige or sometimes black. Apple bucked the trend in 1998 introducing the iMac with its translucent Bondi blue case and in 1999 released the iBook with the phrase “iMac to go.” Over the next three years the iBook was released in five different colors.


This booth will showcase all five colors of the iBook as a teaser for the full array of iMac colors to be displayed at VCF Southwest in June.

New: Atari Video Music Display Atari Video Music Garage

Atari Video Music is a music visualization component that Atari released in 1977. The Atari Video Music system allowed users to visualize and interact with their music by connecting the device to a television and audio source.

The hardware responds to music's frequency and amplitude, creating a series of graphical patterns and effects that are displayed on a television, creating a visual representation of the music being played.

 

Though an innovative concept, it didn't gain widespread popularity, and production was discontinued after less than a year on the market.

 

Stop by to check it out in action!

New: SoCal Vintage Computer Gaming Group - shertz

We are the SoCal Vintage Computer Gaming Group. We meet 3 times a year at the Claremont Packing House in Claremont,CA. We play video games and show off demos on vintage computers from Commodore, Apple, Atari, Tandy, MSX, TI and so much more! Are events are FREE to everyone.

New: DIY Then-tro Now-tro - Larry Cameron

Radio Shack and Frys might be gone, but The Internet has taken their place to make this the golden build-it-yourself age of old computers! Many of your computer nerd friends became talented engineers and have gone on to build reproductions, replicas, recreations, clones, copies, and tributes to the computers of yesteryears that they owned, used, loved, or lusted after. And they have made kits, PCB gerbers, and bill-of-materials available so you can build them yourself!

 

This exhibit will showcase some of the amazing labors of love these engineers have created and I have built: computers implemented with vacuum tubes, mechanical relays, transistors, or 7400 TTL ICs. Also, a replica of the Apollo DSK lunar lander computer, an FPGA replica of the LGP-30 drum mini-computer, and the WW II German Enigma machine. If you love the home computers of the 80s, you are covered: replicas of the ZX80/81, Apple II, Atari 800, and Commodore PET. The 70s?: build your own PDP-8, PDP-11, Altair 8800, IMSAI 8080, Kenbak-1, Mark 8.

CoPiCo: WiFi and More for the Tandy Color Computer - CoPiCo: CoCo WiFi (Thomas Shanks)

We're working on a WiFi cart for the Tandy Color Computer based on the Raspberry Pi Pico W, and we'd like to show off what we've got working so far on our (currently breadboarded) prototype. Please come connect with us if you're interested in keeping up with development or becoming an early alpha tester later this year!

TReaSures of the 80s! - J Rollins

Tandy's family of Color Computers were ground-breaking players in the home computer revolution of the 1980s. Several models were produced between 1980 and 1991, providing many young programmers and gamers with their first exposure to computing. Come enjoy a hands-on demonstration of some working examples of this family including a COCO2 and a one-of-a-kind heavily modified MC-10.

10MARC Presents - Amiga Awesomeness! 10 Minute Amiga Retro Cast

I will be sharing some of the lovely Amiga computers from my collection, including my Fully loaded A4000, My PiStorm enabled A1200, my CDTV and CD32. Amiga Forever!

The Paul Gray PC Museum - Anna Atkeson

The Paul Gray Personal Computing Museum, founded by CGU professor Paul Gray, grew out of Professor Gray’s collection of personal computers, amassed with an eye towards tracking both technological developments in computing and their impact on people. The museum takes up Professor Gray’s fascination with tracing both the growth of personal computing technology and the transformations it has brought about in the ways that we live, work, play, and communicate. Come get to know the PGPCM and take a look at some highlights from our collection!

Amiga 4000 Video Toaster - Marc Rifkin

The revolutionary technology from the early nineties with live video effects, character generator, true color graphics and 3d animation. Running on an A4000 with the Toaster Flyer video card and a few modern upgrades.

CP/M 2.2 & 3 - Commodoreman

Commodore 128D running CP/M 3 Plus (1581 upgrade version), Kaypro 4 CP/M 2.2. Also printed material and disks for display.

Old School Gaming and Retro Computers Magazine - Old School Gamer

Find out about our fantastic magazine, get your free subscription, buy some back issues in print and check out other cool things for sale!

Floppy Days and ANTIC Podcasts - Randall Kindig

The Floppy Days Podcast covers vintage home computers of the late 70's through the 80's, in roughly the order they were released. In addition, interviews with key people in home computing are provided. It has been running for 11 years as of the timing of the show! The ANTIC Podcast covers the Atari 8-bit line of computers. Randy Kindig, Kay Savetz, and Brad Arnold have been bringing Atari 8-bit news and almost 500 interviews to Atari fans for nearly 11 years! The exhibit will provide information about the podcasts, as well as give me (Randy Kindig, host of Floppy Days and co-host of ANTIC) an opportunity to meet some of the listeners. There will be an Atari 8-bit computer demonstrating why we (ANTIC) love that machine, as well as one or two other platforms that have been or will be covered by Floppy Days.

3D Printing and Retro Computers - Tech Ambrosia

Owning retro computers often means needing spares of tiny, bespoke parts that are impossible to find or have been out of production for decades. Wouldn't it be great if there was a personal-scale manufacturing technology that would allow you to reproduce these parts for pennies? Or produce custom parts that have never existed before? Well, I have some good news for you!

MetalLevel's 8-Bit Synthesizer - MetalLevel

A DIY MIDI synthesizer using the 8-Bit Motorola 6800 family of chips.

Exploring the Embedded - Himem

Come play games on some weird low power x86 embedded system boards from the early 2000s in this hands-on interactive exhibit! A full late 90s family PC complete with a dx7 3d accelerator on a little ITX board. These VIA EPIA systems (one with DOS 6 and one with Windows 98) lived most of their lives running everything from airport kiosks to plasma cutters and now you can finally play Doom on them.

Vintage Computer Parts & Accessories - Jeff's Vintage Electronics

Selling S-100 boards, Apple ][ cards, ISA boards, floppy drives, cables, vintage software, cables & other vintage computer related items.

Silicon Graphics 4D/220 (Twin Tower Chassis) - Zachary Hardesty

The first Silicon Graphics Power Series models (and Professional IRIS) were housed in a very distinctive split pedestal deskside chassis. This machine was originally configured as a 4D/220, but is currently housing the boards for a Silicon Graphics Crimson!

Lunar Lander DEC GT40 / Hayes WiFi RetroModem - Tattler Solutions, LLC

I will display a restored DEC GT40 running Lunar Lander. It will allow attendees to attempt to "land" the lunar module. I will also be showcasing my WiFi Retromodem replament for a Hayes 1200 external modem.

Atari 8-Bit and FujiNet Demonstration - Erik Larson

Stop by and check out how FujiNet blends vintage computing with today's technology. Display includes Atari 800, Atari 800XL, FujiNet, The Ultimate Atari Cartridge (thebrewingacademy.com), and an assortment of vintage floppy discs.

Computing from Across the Pond - Chris Satterfield

A selection of fine British Computers! Come see everything from Apricot to RiscPC to a Q68!

Radio Shack and Tandy "Portable" Computers - John Riney III

It's 1981 and you're an up-and-coming businessperson on the move and on a budget. Your local Radio Shack store has a variety of systems that will expand your definition of the word "portable". Come play with them and learn how they affected mobile computing for decades.

San Diego Computer Museum - Jim Trageser & David Weil

A selection of vintage systems, including an Atari Falcon 030, an Atari XEGS that visitors can play games on, a Tandy Model 100 portable, and a first-gen Apple iMac G3.

Wire Wrap Odyssey: A From-Scratch 8-Bit Computer - Paul Krizak

What was it like building computers from scratch during the heyday of the 1970s and 1980s? This from-scratch 8-bit computer build has been a decade-long journey to find out. The whole computer is composed (mostly) from 7400-series CMOS logic, and was built up hobby-style -- one functional block at a time. There is no Z80, no 6502, no 8088. Everything is home-built. The Wire Wrap Odyssey features a 6-bit color 64x60 character display with multiple fonts, 16K ROM, 32K RAM, 8 hardware interrupts, PS/2 keyboard, a real-time clock and timer, RS232 interface, 1MB extended RAM, and (soon) an ATA interface. The computer has been designed and documented on dozens of sheets of (gasp!) paper: no verilog, no PCBs, all hand-generated netlists and wire-wrap! Come see the Wire Wrap Odyssey in action. As a bonus, tinker with the vintage HP 16500B logic analyzer used to debug it!

Fujinet - Wireless Networking for Retrocomputers! - Thomas R Cherryhomes

FujiNet is a super-peripheral for your favorite Retrocomputing system! It provides a virtual disk that works with both local SD card storage and network servers, a virtual printer supporting a wide variety of printer emulations, a modem for existing comms programs, and a network adapter that offloads a variety of protocols to allow your computer to access network and Internet resources!

Also...

Tucked away in the hall you will find an 8-Player setup that will allow attendees to compete against each other! Keep an eye out for that. 🙂

Please Note: The list of Exhibitors/Vendors that are signed-up for VCF SoCal 2024 can change depending on their own personal situations and other circumstances.

This booth will showcase all five colors of the iBook as a teaser for the full array of iMac colors to be displayed at VCF Southwest in June.

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