I attended the Vintage Computer Faire today at the Living Computer Museum, so naturally I applied the “vintage” filter to some of the photos I took. The word “Living” is in the title because many, maybe the majority, of computers on display are still operating.
In addition to old desktops, there is a room full of hulking monsters with plenty of blinking lights and tape reels. I was not geeky enough for this place, where many visitors can sit down, type in some cryptic code, and make these great-grandparent computers do things.
Below are a couple pictures that I didn’t vintage-ize. Who can resist the computer with the two porthole screens? And that punch card computer is like the first computer I ever used. It was at the U. of Michigan a long time ago. I typed a journalism assignment onto a keyboard, the machine spit out a bunch of cards. I rubber-banded the cards and put them in a stack where they would be run and printed. I think I picked up the print-out the next day. It would have been much faster to type it myself, but we were getting a taste of the future.