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I am pleased to announce that Retrochallenge 2016/10 – the ‘October’ edition of the Retrochallenge – will run and is now open to entrants! Roll-up Roll-up! Get those thinking caps on and come up with an excellent retro-computing project. Why not?

The Retrochallenge 2016/10 competition will run from October 1st to the end of the month. Blog entries should be complete by midnight on Monday 31st October GMT.

I would like to extend the warmest welcome to the fantastic John W. Linville @JohnWLinville who is taking over the running of the October competition and, if he gets the bug, make take the reins for future Retrochallenge Competitions.

If you would like to enter please email john using the address ‘linville @ tuxdriver.com’ (removing spaces) with your name (or handle), a brief synopsis of your project and a URL for your blog.

Twitter has become the preferred communication media for updates – if you make a post to your website please ‘tweet’ with #retrochallenge. If you can’t tweet from your retro-hardware consider that a challenge! Follow @retrochallenge and filter tweets on #retrochallenge for the latest updates!

Please visit http://retrochallenge.org for more info!

In a nutshell, the RetroChallenge is a loosely disorganised gathering of RetroComputing enthusiasts who collectively do stuff with old computers for a month.

The event is very much open to interpretation… individuals set there own challenges, which can range from programming to multimedia work; hardware restoration to exploring legacy networking… or just plain dicking around. It really doesn’t matter what you do, just so long as you do it.

While the RetroChallenge has its competitive side, it’s not really a contest… it’s more like global thermonuclear war — everyone can play, but nobody really wins.

  1. Retrochallenge commences 1st October 2016 and runs until 31st October 2016.
  2. In order to qualify, computer systems must be vintage (this used to be defined as 10 years old, but typically ‘vintage’ is older than that now – don’t expect to be accepted if you are using a box capable of running Windows XP for example!). Exceptions will always be made for exotica!
  3. Gaming consoles and PDAs qualify if they were made in the previous century.
  4. Where appropriate, replica hardware and emulators may be used.
  5. Entrants are responsible for adequately documenting their projects and submitting occasional updates during the contest, preferably with an announcement on twitter with #retrochallenge.
  6. Projects may encompass any aspect of retro-computing that tickles the fancy of the individual entrant.
  7. Winners will be carefully selected and adulation bestowed.
  8. Have fun!


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Man you guys are DEEP in here, the only person I saw out in the wild (on other non-retro forums) was the White Falcon.  You guys are hardcore! :D  This sounds cool I want to enter my rigs into this comp, I am finishing them up, and they are solid.

(my thing is I pretty much locked down all the retro I can handle, and I am doing great now).

I don't get into the "retro-diahrea" where you have just like boxes and boxes and retro-cable after retro-cable just jamming up closets and stuff, ok well yeah I guess I do have a couple garbage sacks with like 50 or so cables in each but, yeah it's kinda like "retro-diahrea" at certain point.  HAHA