Cons: Vintage Computer Festival East 2.0

Held in July 2004, at the Sun Microsystems Burlington Campus, this festival presented a number of talks geared around historical groups discussing their past, and some looking towards the future.

Description of the Audio
atari.mp3 19591706
Atari 7800 20th Anniversary: Curt Vendel and Steve Golson
Curt Vendel and Steve Golson take a look back at an incredible game console. The Atari 7800 was slated for original release in June of 1984 despite the lackluster videogaming market. But due to a change in management at Atari, the console was delayed by two years and wasn't introduced to market until 1986. This retrospective looks back at the development and evolution of this game console that, for 1984, was far ahead of its time.
sellam.mp3 7880360
Sellam Ismail: Vintage Computer Festival Ramblings
Sellam fills everyone in on the latest happening at the Vintage Computer Festival, including future events and interesting projects, plus the status of the Vintage Computer Festival Archives.
simulation.mp3 16674223
Preserving Computing's Past Through Simulation
SIMH is the Computer History Simulation Project, an Internet-based collective aimed at preserving computing’s heritage by simulating systems of historic interest. Started in 1993, the project now encompasses more than 20 systems, including the DEC PDP-1, PDP-4/7/9/15, PDP-8, PDP-11, and VAX; the Data General Nova and Eclipse; the HP 2100 series; the Interdata 16b and 32b series; the IBM 1401, 1620, 1130, and System/3; and many others. SIMH has provided a vehicle for running the earliest versions of Unix (including the first 32b port), for reconstructing lost software systems such as XVM/DOS, and extending the development life of “nearly current” systems like 2.11BSD for the PDP-11. SIMH is constantly being expanded to include new systems, additional capabilities for existing simulators, and greater interactivity with “real world” peripherals such as networks and graphics.
utilitycomputing.mp3 18605452
Juxtaposing Past with Future: Utility Computing
Balint Fleischer and Adam Mendoza of Sun Microsystems give a retrospective of storage networks and discuss how everything old is new again.

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