I made it back without a car crash (I totaled my BMW going to VCF East a few years ago), despite the 816 mile drive in each direction! It was a good show, definitely well done. My exhibit was pretty much the same as other recent VCFs but they did provide the commercial folks with a bit more table space so we had a nice “work area” just to the right of my display that we all shared for working with people.
If you’ve never been to a VCF, they aren’t big commercial displays. Yes, a few commercial folks like me are there, but the whole atmosphere is about sharing ideas, showing off projects and meeting like-minded people. Need a voltmeter? Someone’s got one to loan. Can’t remember the pin-out of a 7400 series device? Someone has a databook to share. It’s half about the technology, half about the comradery. Go to local restaurants and there are fellow vintage computer people there… grab and seat and join in the conversation.
Roswell, GA was a 816 mile drive, but the hotel was nice and the show building was right across the street, plus quite a few restaurants within easy walking distance.
I never take a lot of photos, but here they are:
One of the key topics for me was to talk with Boisy Pitre about porting NitrOS/9 to the Corsham Tech 6809 system. He got it partially booting before we found my SD card sector read/write routines weren’t a good solution, so he took a system and I’m in the process of coming out with a new EPROM and new Arduino code to make the portation much easier. I should get the new code to him this week. My code was heavily based around what Flex/9 needed but those routines were clunky and limited disk sizes for other OSes. BTW, this might shake out some problems in my boards that were never noticed before. I already found problems in the rev 3 and rev 4 SS-50 motherboards that prevent IRQ, FIRQ and IRQ from working. SWTPC never used interrupts so I didn’t test them since rev 2 motherboards (which don’t have the bug).
Another great discussion was with Mike Lee from the Chicago area about a possible new project that I had considered and partially designed but never finished. It’s KIM related but that’s all I can offer for now.
Anyway, I got in the car around 4 PM Sunday and drove straight through the night, climbed into bed around 5:30 this morning for a few hours of sleep and need to finish unpacking the car still. It was a fun weekend, lots of driving, lots of vintage computing, lots of great discussions, some excellent meals, and fun meeting up with people from around the world that I don’t see except at VCFs.
It’s time for a nap.