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Photo Diary Britain's first Vintage Computing Festival took place over the weekend at Bletchley Park, which was the perfect excuse to visit the National Museum of Computing, a recent addition to the Park site. All three are a tribute to the passion of volunteers – the state has only very recently saw fit to give any money to the historic site, and the Museum is a private venture.

First the Fair.

I hadn't visited Bletchley Park for almost a decade, and it's now almost unrecognisable. Computer enthusiasts always had a weekend presence there, making it a natural focus for something more formal – hence the Museum.

But the spirit of hacking old kit is alive and well. Here's a new use for a ZX Spectrum:

I've obscured the next screenshot, but if you're of a certain age, you'll be able to recognise it right away:

And if you find your fingers involuntarily tapping out C Scramble:... then you'll not need the next picture:

More here if you're feeling nostalgic.

Not all micros were successful. I believe this was a relative of the TRS-80, but never a hit here. The box captures it all, though:

Computers for hobbyists go way back, pre-dating digital. Here's HeathKit's Educational Analog Computer:

Most of the 8-bits I saw were cleverly modded, many had SD card expansion added:

Back then, the disk drive cost a lot more than the computer, and the printer even more:

But around the Xmas 1980, here's what we thought the 21st Century would look like, quite fabulous:

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