[vcf-midatlantic] VCF @ Brickfair NJ report

Evan Koblentz evan at vcfed.org
Mon Nov 4 21:28:33 EST 2019

>> Very interesting on the Lego --> Vintage connection..  Great info Evan!

Thanks! Check out my website at www.mindsbeforethestorm.com and especially
the About section + the disclaimer at the bottom of the homepage: you'll
see this is all thanks to many of our members. I ran with it :) but many
people led me to this point.

On Mon, Nov 4, 2019, 9:25 PM John Heritage via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> Very interesting on the Lego --> Vintage connection..  Great info Evan!
> On Sun, Nov 3, 2019 at 10:26 PM Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> > Friday I gave a lecture at Brickfair on the history of Lego robotics from
> > before Mindstorms (1980-1997). Only 5 people attended, but they were all
> > enthusiastic about the subject. One guy knew about VCF. Another said he
> > came to Brickfair solely because he heard about my topic. So that's cool.
> > IMO the event management did a terrible job of advertising their Friday
> > sessions.
> >
> > Saturday I demo'd my favorite of the various pre-Mindstorms sets, #9700,
> > using the Apple II platform. I didn't bring the IBM version. The demo
> > worked well until about 4pm. I troubleshooted it as best I could while
> also
> > talking to visitors. Some of the basic diagnostics between the computer
> and
> > the interface box stopped working. I know it's not the computer, so this
> > will take more fixing than I can do. I will bring it to the workshop next
> > Saturday.
> >
> > I told the show managers there was no point in me coming back today
> without
> > having a working demo. My table was in an island of its own, so they
> > understand and said it's fine.
> >
> > The show traffic Saturday was pretty good. I had a steady stream of
> > visitors all day, most of which liked what I had to show them.
> >
> > Lego is an excellent gateway drug to vintage computing. :) Tons of
> parents
> > my age (40s) came over to reminisce about 8-bit computers. Only one
> person
> > ever heard of Laser. A lot of people came over and told their kids it's a
> > "Mac II". I enlightened them...
> >
> > I found out there are several dozen Lego shows nationwide. They experts
> > said Chicago and DC (Northern Virginia next summer) are the biggest. I'll
> > look into Virginia next year. My goal is to have a schematic of the
> > interface box done by then (Nevell agreed to do it) and a working replica
> > made in time.
> >

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