[vcf-midatlantic] Topics for Bil Herd at VCF East 2021

Adam Michlin adam.michlin at vcfed.org
Thu Jul 1 22:48:04 UTC 2021


I seem to recall the chips were better, but the documentation was not
(read: non-existent).

Kind of a tree falls in the woods... if the hardware is better, but no
one (other than Atari) knows how to use it properly, is the hardware
really better?

On Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 6:44 PM Andrew Diller via vcf-midatlantic
<vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>
> I will pay him $100 to finally admit how much better designed the Atari chips were. SID is ok, but POKEY, SALLY, ANTIC and GITA were transformative for the industry and all of computing. It was the first GPU in a way.
>
> -andy
>
> > On Jul 1, 2021, at 6:39 PM, Dean Notarnicola via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> >
> > Andy’s idea +100
> >
> > On Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 6:38 PM Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <
> > vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> >
> >> On Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 4:02 PM Adam Michlin <adam.michlin at vcfed.org>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >>> Two thoughts.
> >>>
> >>> 1. Repeats are not bad. I've never had the chance to hear him speak on
> >>> anything and am happy to be quoted as saying "I'd love to hear him
> >>> read the phonebook".
> >>>
> >>
> >> I'm sure we could dig up a vintage phone book from the 80's for him to
> >> read. ;)
> >>
> >>
> >>>
> >>> 2. Do we have a list of what he has done in the past? Both so we don't
> >>> make suggestions that have already been done and give us better
> >>> context as to what we might suggest.
> >>>
> >>
> >> I was able to make a list by looking at the VCF East archives:
> >> 2007 - Bil Herd/Bob Russell/Chuck Peddle/Dave Haynie — 30th Birthday of
> >> Commodore Computers
> >> 2012 - Commodore History Part II
> >> 2014 - CRT and video repair
> >> 2015 - Vintage Microcomputer Architecture
> >> 2016 - Growing the 8-bit generation
> >> 2017 - Surface Mount Technology
> >> 2019 - Component Aging/Heat
> >> 2020 - Commodore show and Tell with Dave Haynie
> >>
> >> I'm saving Commodore History Part II for next year.
> >>
> >>
> >>>
> >>> On Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 3:48 PM Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic
> >>> <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>> Bil Herd has come to VCF East many times and is always a great speaker.
> >>> He
> >>>> is out of ideas of what to talk about. So do any of you have any ideas
> >> to
> >>>> suggest for him to talk about?
> >>>>
> >>>> Reply here or send me a message privately.
> >>>>
> >>>> =========================================
> >>>> Jeff Brace
> >>>> Vice President & Board Member
> >>>> Vintage Computer Festival East Show-runner
> >>>> Vintage Computer Federation is a 501c3 charity
> >>>> http://www.vcfed.org/
> >>>> jeffrey at vcfed.org
> >>>
> >>
>


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