photos from VCF UK etc

Rob Jarratt robert.jarratt at
Mon Jun 21 16:43:47 CDT 2010

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> From: cctalk-bounces at [mailto:cctalk-
> bounces at] On Behalf Of Tony Duell
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> Subject: Re: photos from VCF UK etc
> This may well me my last post to the list for many reasons...
> Of course I did not go to to VCF-UK, and after seeing the photos, etc,
> I
> think I meade the right decision.
> Having looked at many of the photos on flickr, etc, I think you need to
> distinguish between the stuff which is at BP all the time (the NMoC
> etc)
> and the stuff that private collectors brought along specifically for
> the
> VCF.
> Several people have commented on the Colossus rebuild and the talk, for
> example, but I don't consider that to be specifically part of the VCF.
> Of the enthusiast displays, it appears most, if not all, were 1980s UK
> home micros, often running commercial games of the time. Which to me
> seems like something to attract the general public, not something that
> a
> classic ocmputer fanatic would rave over. Were there any minicomputers
> or
> workstations brought along by enthusiasts? 

I too was a little disappointed that most of the exhibits concentrated on
gaming, as this is not something that interests me personally. There was one
DEC display (where I spent most of my time) and Jim Austin brought some of
his things too. There was also Lawrence Wilkinson's display which I have
already commented on (impressive and interesting).

This is not to say I would not go again, I would. But next time I think I
would bring some of my own bits and pieces to show (not that exciting for
people on this list, just MicroVAX II and other MicroVAXen). I didn't this
time around because I went to the DEC Legacy event in April and could not
justify to my family another weekend away. Perhaps if more people on this
list with different things to show went along then it might make for a more
varied event.

> I suspect the PERQs you
> mentioned were the ones that were in the NMoC anyway

I failed to find these, and I think they also have a Cray on display, which
I also failed to find. I should have asked someone I suppose.

> (As an aside, if I
> had been coming, and if I had had time to prepare it, I might well have
> brought alon a PERQ 2T4, a machine which is _not_ in the NMoC. Or at
> least one Philips minicomputer. Or HP calculators from discrete
> transsitor to 68000).
> Waht was the fleamarket like?

Again, not sure if I found it, because the only thing I saw was a little
disappointing, but there again I was there on the Sunday so may have missed
the good stuff.

 The photos I've seen of it showed (again)
> 1980s micros selling at what I consider ot be high-ish prices --
> certainly more than I would pay for such machines. I used to frequent
> radio rallies, not to get complete transmitters or receivers, but to
> find
> odd bits -- the connector I needed to fit $device, an odd PCB that I
> knew
> would fit the machine I was working on (or that contained ICs I
> needed),
> things like that. Was there anything like that at the VCF?
> > one of the two visitors wearing T-shirts with the motto:
> >
> > There's no place like
> >
> I saw a girl (OK, female homo sapiens, in her twenties, I guess, what
> is
> the acceptable term for that) wearing what I believe is called a
> 'hoodie'
> the other day. On the back it said
> 'I wanted to change the world, but they wouldn't give me the source
> code'
> Perhaps fortunately (since i don't really know how to interact with
> females), I was on an omnibus and she wasn't, so I couldn't ask her
> about
> it...
> > I should obviously have found my "Happiness is Honeywell" Snoopy
> Tshirt
> > instead!
> I would wear the jumper my late mother knitted for me. There's at least
> one picture of me wearing it on the net, it has a pattern which is
> appicable to me (both what I studied and what I enjoy).
> -tony

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