July 2017 Meeting…

Meeting location CHANGING

For July going forward, we’re switching our meeting place back to the Church we use to meet at.  The CompUSA space they’re moving out of so we won’t have access to that anymore….  We thinnk we might be able to meet at the Computer Museum of America when the new location opens, but  haven’t got enough details yet to know for sure yet.

Date: TBD. (I’ll update when I get confirmation which Saturday we can meet there)

Location : Christ the Lord Lutheran Church is located at 1001 Duluth Highway (State Route 120) at McKendree Church Road in the city of Lawrenceville, GA (30043-7309). We are between Route 316 and Interstate 85.  Click here to get Directions
We will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall.  Look for the sign on the door.

VCF SE 5.0 Info and Exhibit Registration now available

When:

Saturday April 29, 2017, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday April 30 2017, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where:

Kings Market Center, 1425 Market Blvd., Suite 200, Roswell, GA, 30076 (Google map)

Head on over to the VCF Federation web site for info and registering your exhibit. (Vendors can register there too!)   CLICK HERE to get there directly.

Currently registered  EXHIBITS

Meeting Saturday August 13th 2016

Reminder — We’re meeting at the new location.

WHERE: Computer Museum of America .  The address is Kings Market Center, 1425 Market Blvd., Suite 200, Roswell, GA 30076.  This was the old Comp-USA building for those of you who have lived in the area for a while.For those of you who haven’t been there before, this is where we also have held VCF SE.  A map can be found here.

WHEN: We’re now meeting on the 2nd Saturday of the month.  So it’s this Saturday – August 13th.

WHAT : Not sure if there is anything special planned for this month.  We will be discussing the VCF MW event coming up in September and discussing some updates for VCF SE 5.0.

As always, folks will have new finds, new info and will be working on various projects…

Our next meeting…NEW DATE, NEW LOCATION

PLEASE UPDATE YOUR CALENDAR — We are changing WHEN and WHERE we meet .

WHERE: Computer Museum of America .  The address is Kings Market Center, 1425 Market Blvd., Suite 200, Roswell, GA 30076.  This was the old Comp-USA building for those of you who have lived in the area for a while.For those of you who haven’t been there before, this is where we also have held VCF SE.  A map can be found here.

WHEN: We’re moving our meetings from the 3rd Saturday of the month to the 2nd Saturday of the month, since we have to match up with when the Computer Museum is open.  This means for July it will be the 9th.  August will be the 13th, etc.

 

Last Meeting (May 21th)

Our last meeting was May 21st at the regular location (Christ the Lord Church)

Thanks to Jeff Stokes on a very detailed and wonderful job of relaying the insides of all things CP/M.   When he has a complete set of instructions ready to post, we will included a link here.

Overall, he covered how to get software/files onto your CP/M machine.

He demonstrated an easier (compared to making your own floppies) way to get software/files onto your real CP/M machine from your PC using a NULL Modem cable, a CP/M Terminal program like MODEM901.COM or IMP.COM, CP/M Emulators and serial server software running on Windows/Linux/Raspberry Pi. He showed that you can also logon to BBSs on the internet using this setup.

One of the details that he pointed out is that you definitely need to know what kind of serial port it has.  Does it have a UART chip or is it CP/M SIO software driven?  This information is needed in order to assemble/link a working terminal program for it.

CP/M software needs to be re-compiled in a lot of instances to run on the various machines.  Jeff demonstrated  two main ways  to do this.

 If you ask, he can provide copies of the SW he used (maybe at our next meeting if you weren’t able to get it at this meeting.)

 

VCF SE 4.0 Starts April 2nd!

The Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 4.0 is this coming Saturday, April 2nd, 10 AM – 7 PM, and Sunday  10 AM – 7 PM. Full details can be found at:

http://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/vintage-computer-festival-southeast-4-0/

Here’s some recent press the show has received:

http://northfulton.com/stories/Vintage-Computer-Festival-returns-to-Roswell,89980?

http://www.11alive.com/news/atlanta-tech-edge-3-27-16-show-136/104679906

We hope to see you at the show!