Saturday, 12 June 2010

The Vintage Computer Festival, Bletchley Park

The computing highlight of June will be the Vintage Computer Festival at The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park.  Held on 19-20 June, the event is the first of it's kind in the U.K.  Tickets can be purchased for £8.50 online or £10.00 on the door.

The National Museum of Computing's website has the full list of exhibitors, lectures and events. Some of the highlights include:

  • The launch of the new Amiga X1000 boasting a dual-core 1.8GHz PowerISA CPU, 2GB memory and Xena 500MHz SDS co-processor
  • 20+ exhibitors demonstrating a variety of historic computers
  • Lectures by a number of key figures in computing history, including Sophie Wilson, one of the designers of Acorn Computers and ARM processors
  • Retro gaming competition

I'll be there when the gates open at 10:30am on Saturday. Are you planning to attend?

5 comments:

  1. Oh.. Acorn! The "british Apple"! A big thanks for them for creating the game "Elite" (as Acornsoft, a subsidiary).

    Go and hug her for me!

    Ruben

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  2. I was at Bletchley Park only last week and am looking forward to returning to go to this festival. The great thing about the tickets is that they are season tickets, so you get access to all of Bletchley park for the next 12 months!

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  3. Rather than Elite, Sophie is actually known for designing the instruction set for the Acorn RISC Machine chip. A chip that running at 4MHz, blew the doors off the Intel 80186 and 80286 chips that Intel was peddling.

    ARM chips now run at 200MHz+ and there's one in every iPhone, Nintendo DS, and many many many other devices.

    .Hello DS "Hi Sophie, thanks for everything
    SWI OS_PRINT Hello
    ;)

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  4. Im going to be there assisting on the http://www.computinghistory.org.uk display.

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  5. Anyone going today (Friday) for setup and the BBQ?

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