This weekend, InfoAge’s science and history museum in Wall, New Jersey will once again host the Vintage Computer Festival East – the must-attend annual event for anyone interested in if only for a moment to the weird and wonderful machines that paved the way for the supercomputers we all now carry around in our pockets. Ticket holders will have access to an absolutely jam-packed program of workshops, talks and exhibits that revolve around the two themes “Women in Computing” and “Computers for the Masses”, as well as a consignment and vendor area that almost guarantees you will come home a little poorer than when you got there. But hey, at least you’ll have some new toys to play with.
For those unable to make the pilgrimage to the tropical wonderland that is the Jersey Shore in April, the three-day festival will be streamed live on the VCF YouTube page. There is even an official Discord server where you can chat with other participants remotely. We’re glad to see more events taking a hybrid approach after two years of COVID-19 lockdown, as it gives those further afield a chance to participate in something they otherwise would have completely missed. That said, there’s no virtual replacement for the experience of browsing exhibits and logging areas, so if it’s possible, we recommend heading to InfoAge for at least a day.
Incidentally, don’t worry if it feels like it hasn’t been nearly a year since the VCF last descended on Wall Township. The 2021 Festival has been pushed back to October due to the lingering plague, but rather than permanently changing the date in the future, the 2022 Festival has returned to its traditional season. Of course, that means the wait until VCF 2023 will seem unusually long after this double whammy, so hopefully we’ll see another InfoAge campus swap meet before the end of the year.