Mactoberfest meetup recap #Event @Apple #VintageComputing

The first ever Mactoberfest Meetup, held Saturday October 14, 11:00am to 5:00pm, in Belmont California, was a success! Everybody seemed to have a great time, and there were no serious hiccups. In a hobby that tends to be pretty insular, it was nice to spend a day with other people who share the same enthusiasm for old Apple computer stuff.

Mactoberfest Meetup is a free social event for classic Macintosh computer collectors in the San Francisco area, and their Apple II friends. Attendees are bringing their computer collections to display, and we’ll also have a flea market, a freebies table, a workshop area, and a Tetris Max high score competition. It’ll be a fun day poking at old computer hardware and revisiting the days of Hypercard, desk accessories, and flying toasters! We’re expecting about 40 collection displays and 100 people total.

The day was chock-full of interesting people and interesting stuff. We did get at least one of the original Macintosh developers in attendance. And the variety of computer displays was staggering. I regret that I didn’t have time to see everything or talk to everyone, but some of the highlights were:

  • a PC sidecar for compact Macs, with dual 5.25 inch drives
  • an enormous Daystar Genesis MP Quad-604e system
  • an extensive collection of Dog Cow items
  • a set of tiny displays with integrated microcontrollers that directly run After Dark screensaver code resources
  • an RP2040 digitizer-upscaler-VGA converter for compact Mac video output
  • a Mac SE logic board in a very nice custom display case, with modern power and video
  • Yamaha audio card for Apple II, and a custom-made stand alone audio synth
  • a newly-made Hypercard disk zine
  • a collection of Colby Macs
  • tons more stuff that I’m too tired to describe

Read more in the post here.


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