Report from 1978's "Second West Coast Computer Faire"


13 Responses to “Report from 1978's "Second West Coast Computer Faire"”

  1. BBNinja says:

    Ha!  I remember Sargon fondly.  Playing the game and also perusing the source code on my Commodore 64.  Of course, being about 7 at the time, I knew what the string of movement formulas were for but otherwise it was mind-boggling to me.

    • bbonyx says:

      Yup, Came in just to say that. Good times. Good times.

    • Jonathan Badger says:

      I used to play Sargon on the Apple ][. A piece of trivia — the chess game that Kurt Russell plays near the beginning of John Carpenter’s “The Thing” is in fact that version of Sargon.

  2. scifijazznik says:

    It’s refreshingly anti-steampunk and the handwritten flyers taped the wall are just adorable, but I’m still trying to figure out what Michael Nesmith has to do with Star Wars.

  3. Stefan Jones says:

    I remember going to early computer fairs (Atari and Apple era). I recall booths by Creative Computing and Scott Adam’s Adventure International. Fascinating stuff, but with so many choices — and no way to afford a computer — I felt utterly intimidated and behind the times. (“How could I every be part of this?”)

    By the time I had my own machine (an early IBM PC) computer faires had degenerated into glorified flea markets, with a wild variety of vendors (many of them dodgy bottom-feeders) selling old and new hardware and software. (Of course, I was a dodgy bottom feeder of sorts. I bought cheap floppies and resold them to fellow college students to be able to afford pizza and meals at diners. I actually folded my own floppy disk envelopes, because the bulk packs I bought didn’t come with them.)

  4. mccrum says:

    Being beaten again and again by C64 Sargon was pretty much my childhood…

  5. moloko says:

    I’ve actually got a copy of the proceedings of the faire, if anybody is interested. There’s a great quote from the banquet speech given by Adam Osborne (of Osborne Computers):

    “Very large, low-cost memory devices, as they appear in the future, are
    likely to revolutionize more industries than any other single
    development. I single out the music industry – the recording and
    reproduction of sound – as the one likely to experience devastating
    changes in the future.”

    • Andrew Roach says:

      I, for one, would LOVE a copy. I missed out on all of this stuff the first time around, on account of not being born yet, but I find early computing history Fascinating. 

    • scifijazznik says:

      Wow, that is excellent.  A message from the future that was likely pooh-poohed at the time.

  6. Kathy Applebaum says:

    Egad, my mom actually took me to that one. And we bought a copy of Sargon. Thanks for the blast from the past.

  7. zombienietzsche says:

    Zilog Z-80s are still used in TI Graphing Calculators.

  8. John Skardzius says:

    Zilog Z-80s are still used in many embedded applications. Home alarm systems, TV Remotes, etc.

  9. adamnvillani says:

    Note that the poster in the background is for a movie titled Star Wars, not Episode IV: A New Hope.

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