Bil Herd in attendance, possibly the best engineer who worked for Commodore, with his most notable achievement being the design of the Commodore 128 (regarded by many as the best 8 bit computer ever), and demonstrating incredible skill that would impress even Steve Wozniak in the ill-fated TED/264 series of Commodore computers. A great engineer who is also a very nice man and a great story teller, he graciously autographed the computers of those in attendance. If you want to keep up with Bil today, you can follow his blog at Hackaday.
The first presentation of the day was by Syd Bolton, who has a web page here and is best known for his Personal Computer Museum in Brantford, Ontario. A great speaker and story teller, Syd explained to us why Commodore is the best, sharing with us the delightful debates and arguments he used to have as a kid, and the comparisons we all made. Of course, he admitted what we all know; what makes Commodore best are the people.
Retro Innovations in attendance this year with all of his toys for show and sale. One of the many projects Jim has been working on includes the Visual Memory Display with Steve Gray. Following Syd's presentation was Steve Gray's demonstration of the visual memory display, which is a 16x16 matrix of LED lights. Steve describes this interesting device here.
Leif Bloomquist, a regular at World of Commodore, returned this year to demonstrate the SwinSID, which is a replacement for the SID chip. It brings to any SID-capable Commodore computer new and exciting features, at an affordable price. You can read more about it here.
Besides the great presentations, there were other displays of retro tech, like Josh Bensadon's loading of Micro-soft's 4k BASIC from paper tape onto an Altair 8800:
Ultimem, his C128 with the 64NIC+, his Commodore 16, Amiga 1200, and 1541 Ultimate II:
Vampire that's going to come out for the Amiga 500 and 2000 (currently available for the Amiga 600) which was demonstrated in one of Sunday's presentations by Ian Colquhoun, effectively an accelerator, memory expansion, digital video output, SD card, and fast IDE: