Vintage Computer Festivals March On: KansasFest and VCF East, 2012 Editions

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Old computers never really die, they just get passed on to grandkids and collectors. Likewise old computer users never die, they just don’t get out as much as they used to. The internet is an unfriendly place for 8 bit processors and dialup modems.

To help relive old memories and make new ones, several festivals dedicated to computers with no commercial value make the rounds each year. This year for our vintage geek pleasures: the perennial Apple II bash called KansasFest, and the Vintage Computer Festival East.

Apple WALT – Was This the First iPhone? [Vintage Tech]

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A rare and interesting Apple prototype surfaced on eBay recently, and although the auction has since ended we thought it notable enough to merit mention. A 1993 prototype called a WALT – Wizzy Active Lifestyle Telephone – combined a telephone, fax, personal address book and more with a HyperCard user interface. It never shipped, but this vaporware breakthrough netted the seller a cool $8000 on eBay.

Original Packaging Helps Increase Values of Vintage Macs

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As the Mac approaches its thirtieth birthday and its progeny, the iPhone and iPad, grow to eclipse their parent, the resale and collector values of vintage Macs is steadily increasing. One of the things attractive to collectors when looking for old systems is original packaging – outer boxes and inside accessory packs. Such items add to period completeness and can significantly increase the value of an item.

Old Meets New – Apple iPod Silhouette as Picasso Style Artwork

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Image: Blake Patterson
I’ve always loved the Picasso style artwork created for the launch of the original Macintosh. Apparently so do many others. RetroMacCast listener Blake Patterson recently created this version of the iconic Apple iPod (clickwheel version), with an earbud and an Apple, done in this same style of minimalist line art.

Nice job Blake – a classic icon, in a classic iconic style. Sweet!

[via RetroMacCast]

Blast From The Past – Floor Plan Of Apple’s Original Bandley 1 Headquarters

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Back in 1978, an upstart young company named Apple Computer moved into their new headquarters at 10260 Bandley Drive, Cupertino CA. Known soon after as Bandley 1, one of Apple’s first employees, Chris Espinosa, sketched out a floormap of the offices and labs in the new building. A copy of this document was recently found and posted on his website, Posterous.