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Vintage Computing Festival UK

Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 10:47 pm
by winston
Just to let you all know...

The UK's first Vintage Computing Festival will be at Bletchley Park this year. It takes place on the 19th/20th June.

Highlights include:
* Talk by Sophie Wilson, one of the original designers of the BBC Micro and the ARM CPU (the ARM CPU is the world's most popular CPU, having Sophie Wilson give a talk is more significant than if the head CPU designer of Intel showed up).
* Talk by Chris Smith, who has reverse engineered the Spectrum ULA (and the Ferranti ULA technology in general)
* Amiga anniversary
* Acorn World, more Beebs than you can shake a stick at, if Retro Reunited in Huddersfield last year was anything to go by.
* Of course, it's *Bletchley Park* too, the home of the Colossus
* And of course, I'll be exhibiting the Spectranet there (an ethernet card for the Spectrum, so even 8 bits get online).

http://www.tnmoc.org/vcf-gb.aspx for more details.

Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:21 pm
by JazHaz
Funnily enough, I have been invited by friends to go to this event. Not sure I will though, need to get a job first.

I'm involved in retro computing, have an interest in Atari 16/32bit computers. Still have an Atari Falcon030 (vintage 1993) 32bit computer here at home! Plus am involved with the Cheshunt Computer Club, which still has committed Atari supporting members.

Posted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 11:51 pm
by DaddyHoggy
JazHaz wrote:Funnily enough, I have been invited by friends to go to this event. Not sure I will though, need to get a job first.

I'm involved in retro computing, have an interest in Atari 16/32bit computers. Still have an Atari Falcon030 (vintage 1993) 32bit computer here at home! Plus am involved with the Cheshunt Computer Club, which still has committed Atari supporting members.
<Clicks fingers>I still own an original fake wood finished Atari 2600, 2x C64s (one original tan breadbin + 1541 Floppy, the other Amiga-like remodel + Evesham Micros Excellerator+ floppy drive), 3x Commodore Amiga A500s (#1 Original c. 1989 with 1/2 meg upgrade, #2 Original c. 1990 with A590 20MB HD and 2MB expansion, #3 A500+, Modified/upgraded to have Fatter Agnus and internal soldered 2MB upgrade - bit flaky - but it fired up OK last time I slipped it out of its box...)

As you can see - Commodore man through and through - and I still regret flogging my A2500 (I had aspirations to recreate B5 on my own, using Raylab - while I saved up for a video toaster - but post-uni debts and a poorly car put an end to that)

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:24 pm
by Micha
Looks interesting... might have to see if I can make it.

Thanks for the info.

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:57 pm
by winston
Funnily enough - talking of Commodore, I was in Sheffield a week and a half ago (for Retro Reunited at Sheffield Hallam Uni students union) and picked up my first ever Commodore - an Amiga 1200. I was never interested in the C64, but I always wanted (but never got) an Amiga.

If you want to see what retro project I'm working on now, you just have to look here ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooi9rpx6ECM

Posted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:58 pm
by DaddyHoggy
winston wrote:Funnily enough - talking of Commodore, I was in Sheffield a week and a half ago (for Retro Reunited at Sheffield Hallam Uni students union) and picked up my first ever Commodore - an Amiga 1200. I was never interested in the C64, but I always wanted (but never got) an Amiga.

If you want to see what retro project I'm working on now, you just have to look here ....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooi9rpx6ECM
Ah the A1200, lots of incompatibilities with the A500 stuff, but we all wanted one just the same.

I have watched your Youtube video - Winston - you're a genius, a crackpot loon, but a genius and I love it - I've posted it on FB because more people need to see it!

Posted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 6:31 am
by Killer Wolf
i've still got an a500 + half-meg and an A1200 up in the loft, boxed, and a bag full of games. Elite, Alien Breed, Dune 2, Thunderhawk...ah, the memories.