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History of Personal Computing Interview


At VCF East, I had the pleasure to meet and talk with David Greelish and Jeff Salzman from the History of Personal Computing podcasts.  We talked about the 6800 and 6809 machines, shows and other vintage computer related topics.  About a week later they asked if I’d be interested in doing an interview for the show… you bet!

On Sunday night we debugged audio problems at my end (rebooting sometimes fixes a lot of problems) and had a nice conversation.

Anyway, here it is!

I started listening to other editions and found it very interesting.  Laid back, no heavy production, just a couple of guys having fun while talking about vintage machines.  Please stop by their website and have a listen.

David and Jeff… thanks!  It was fun!


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What’s Going On

After VCF East, I’ve been spending time catching up on other consulting projects, building up inventory again, ordering parts, and some internal administrative duties.

One of the on-going projects is getting all the files for our projects into an off-site source code control system.  Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time using professional tools like ClearCase and Plastic, but we’ve settled on Git for in-house projects.  New tools, new methodology, and project pieces are spread over three different computers.

There is also on-going efforts to clean up some existing designs and order new boards, finish up some software, etc.  A couple new products might use FPGAs or CPLDs, so switching from VHDL to Verilog is taking some learning.  I worked with VHDL engineers for many years but I’ve been using C since the 1980s so going Verilog will be easier for me.

No new products just yet, but there should be at least one new thing in time for VCF MW in September.


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VCF East XI Wrap-Up

This was a very good weekend for us, and vintage computer collectors in general… VCF East XI is now history, and was another excellent event.  Corsham Technologies was in the commercial area straight back from one of the doors.  A lot of people came by and said they follow the posts on the web page, so at least someone other than my family looks at this page :-)

A number of previous customers came by to talk and often buy more accessories, and a number of new customers got to see our products in action.

The next show for us is VCF Midwest in Chicago!

The car is unloaded but it’ll take a few days to get everything unpacked and back to their proper places.  Orders placed late last week and over the weekend will ship in a day or two.  We have sufficient inventory to fulfill orders, so there’s no need to worry.

Most of this week will be spent building up inventory again.

I’ll be in bed early tonight.