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VCFSE 2.0 logoThe Atlanta Historical Computing Society and the Computer Museum of America are pleased to announce the second annual Vintage Computer Festival Southeast will take place May 3-4, 2014. The venue will be the same CompUSA store building in Roswell, GA as last year, but this year’s exhibit space will be greatly enlarged, occupying the store’s entire retail space. About 2/3 of the space will be occupied by a museum display of personal computing artifacts from the Kenbak 1 forward. The remaining 1/3 of the retail space will contain hobbyist vintage computing exhibits. For those who missed last year or who would like to see it again, the Apple Pop-Up Museum from last year’s festival will again be available. The popular retro-gaming area and introduction to soldering activity will be available again. This year, we are also working to bring in a number of vendors, assemble a stellar slate of speakers, and offer workshop experiences. Of course, the kids’ scavenger hunt will be back this year too. Please visit the VCFSE 2.0 section of website for full details on the event! Follow VCFSE on Twitter

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 1.0 – 2013

  • Saturday, 4/20 from 9:30 am – 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, 4/21 from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Where:  Kings Market Shopping Center, Roswell, GA (in the former CompUSA), 1425 Market Blvd. #200, Roswell, GA 30076 (Need Directions?) Admission:  One day adult tickets to the VCFSE are $10, with a two day pass for $15. Children ages 17 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parking is free. Contact: David Greelish, Director, Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 1.0 | The VCFSE is presented by the Computer Museum of America and the Atlanta Historical Computing Society. This is a consolidated show, with the exhibit hall and marketplace running all day – plus retro gaming stations! There will also be speakersexhibits and more. Kickstarter (funded) | VCFS on FB | Article on TUAW | Article on Tech TIME

Session Summary

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Session Time
Saturday’s welcome from the creator of the Apple Pop-Up Museum. 10:00 AM
Saturday’s Introduction to Soldering With Small Kits 10:30 AM
BYTE magazine’s first editor reflects back. 12:30 PM
Carl Helmers is joined by Robert Tinney for some memories. 1:15 PM
Creating the Shrine Of Apple web site. 2:30 PM
Steve Jobs and Walt Disney were more alike than you think. 3:30 PM
A talk on the Apple 1 & SCELBI 4:30 PM

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Session Time
Sunday’s welcome from the creator of the Apple Pop-Up Museum. 10:00 AM
Sunday’s Introduction to Soldering With Small Kits 10:30 AM
The original art of the covers of BYTEmagazine. 1:00 PM
A talk by the author of the new book Terrible Nerd. 2:30 PM
Visit our sponsor, VintageTech for more information. Vintage Computer Festival Southeast – a public celebration of computer history and nostalgia – will be held on Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21. Our mission remains the same as that very first event:
The main mission of the Vintage Computer Festival is to promote the preservation of “obsolete” computers by offering attendees a chance to experience the technologies, people and stories that embody the remarkable tale of the computer revolution.
We will educate and entertain! The VCFSE is hosted and produced by the Computer Museum of America and the Atlanta Historical Computing Society, and sponsored online by VintageTech.

The Apple Pop-Up Museum

A large premier exhibit will welcome each attendee as they enter the Festival – The Apple Pop-Up Museum – which tells the story of how a small start-up company, founded in a garage by two young friends, became the leading consumer electronics and personal computer company in the world. The exhibit displays an exclusive collection of game-changing Apple personal computers and consumer electronic products while presenting the history of the company since its founding in 1976 to the present. An Apple I, the first disk ][ and controller card prototypes, original apple ][, original Lisa and even a Xerox Alto are among the rare artifacts to be displayed, and much, much more. Within the 6,000 square feet of display space that this premier exhibit occupies will be the following rooms: Pre-Apple RoomApple I Roomapple ][ RoomTurmoil Years RoomNo Founders Left RoomJobs’ Come Back RoomIve’s Colors RoomiPod/iPhone/iPad RoomThe Timeline Lounge and Apple’s Present to the Future Room.


2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 6 years to get that many views.
Click here to see the complete report.

Article about David Greelish

You Think You Love Apple? This Guy Has An Apple Museum In His Garage

by Julie Bort  Apr. 21, 2012, 10:11 AM on Business Insider

David Greelish loves Apple so much that for the past 20 years he’s been collecting its products — including rare items like the Lisa computer.He’s made some money on them, too. A fully functional NeXT Cube can be worth up to $1,200 these days, he says. He bought three of them for under $500. (NeXT was Steve Job’s computer company after he was ousted from Apple.)Greelish has created a name for himself among fellow computer collectors between his book, The Complete Historically Brewed, his blog  and his Classic Computing Show podcast, which features famous guests like ex-Apple CEO John Scully.”It started when I got my first Mac in December of 1989. I was taken with this weird machine. I started to dig into its history, the story of Apple, how the two Steves started the company,” he told Business Insider. From there he got into collecting other PC artifacts.He doesn’t know exactly how many items he has, but it’s enough to fill his garage.

Greelish’s garage is filled old computer hardware and software. Look for the Commodore PET, Mac G4 and iBook.

Greelish's garage is filled old computer hardware and software. Look for the Commodore PET, Mac G4 and iBook.

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David’s article on ZDNET

Why Cook should ‘Think Different’ on Apple Museum

By  | April 6, 2012, 12:01am PDT

Summary: Computer historian David Greelish thinks that Apple should build a corporate museum on its new campus. It would be a great way to celebrate the dent that Apple created in the universe.

Why Cook should 'Think Different' on Apple Museum - Jason O'GradyI thoroughly enjoyed computer historian David Greelish’s post about why Apple should build a corporate museum at its new campus and I agree with his premise.

Apple needs to build a public museum to celebrate its past and present. It also needs to create a dedicated public space at the new campus. A space where visitors can spend a couple of hours learning more about the company they respect, and about the past products and leadership which brought Apple to the here and now. A wonderful place for visitors to relax and learn about Apple’s exciting past, while standing in the exciting present, and future of the company.

If you’ve ever visited The Mother Ship in Cupertino (on anything other than official business, that is) you may have left disappointed. Short of taking some photos of the sign out front and visiting the outmoded Company Store there really isn’t much for a visitor to see or do at 1 Infinite Loop.

Apple’s planned new corporate campus (photo gallery) is the perfect opportunity for it to celebrate the dent that it created in the universe.

Apple Campus 2 - Jason O'Grady

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