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PCjr Presentation Details

Posted by Trixter on April 16, 2013

As previously mentioned, I’ll be giving my PCjr history/hacking talk “Admiring one of IBM’s Biggest Mistakes” this weekend in Cleveland, OH at NOTACON, but I didn’t know the exact details until a few days ago, so here they are:  My talk is at 1pm Saturday, plenty of time to wake up, find some lunch, and  settle in.  (I say this to reassure myself, not give instructions to potential audience members.  I will likely be freaking out about the PCjr-to-projector hookup, since the jr’s video output is not quite spec.)

Because they gave me a larger time slot, the talk has been expanded from 50 minutes to 90 minutes.  There will be some media to watch, as well as a real PCjr showing off its more unique features.

I’m not sure what to do with the extra time — I’ll have the room for 2.5 hours, and I can’t imagine people having more than 5 minutes’ worth of questions.  How to fill the time?  Boot up the original first version of King’s Quest (which has additional functionality on PCjr) on the projector and let people have at it?  Connect it to the internet and join an IRC channel?  Take game requests?  Show off additional software that supported the PCjr?  I’m open to suggestions.

Rumor has it I might have something silly to submit into the wild compo.  Maybe.

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