A word from Woz ...

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A word from Woz ...

Steve Wozniak says you should attend the Vintage Computer Festival! Upcoming editions are April 28-29 (VCF Europa, in Munich, Germany); May 5-6 (VCF East, in Wall, New Jersey); and September 29-30 (VCF Midwest, in Lombard, Illinois).

My edition, VCF East (http://www.vintage.org/2012/east/), includes a keynote by Dan Kottke, an Apple II repair course, and exhibits by replica experts Mike Willegal and Corey Cohen (about a couple of dozen others, and a lecture by BASIC inventor Thomas Kurtz!)

Here's what Woz wrote today:

"Seeing the early equipment at VCF is an amazing experience. For many of us, it's better than a museum. It touches on all the hopes and dreams of the time and the many efforts to achieve what others thought would never happen. It brings back memories of a revolution in the making. And we see the humble devices that we could actually understand and hold each piece in our hands and even construct ourselves. Every new device back then signaled a change in life forever. A lot of young people look in awe upon those days too, the way they might look upon the founding music of rock and roll. The people you meet at the VCF are amazing. Most are older and more accomplished but every single story of those days that they tell is the type you hinge on and feel inside what they were doing, often against the grain of our culture and against what was supposedly possible. It was a time of few rules and little conformity, all because there weren't billions of dollars visible yet for this new industry. How much we were up against is one thing you take home after this event."