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  1. 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! ABOUT RETROCHALLENGE 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. COMPETITION RULES Retrochallenge commences 1st October 2016 and runs until 31st October 2016. 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! Gaming consoles and PDAs qualify if they were made in the previous century. Where appropriate, replica hardware and emulators may be used. Entrants are responsible for adequately documenting their projects and submitting occasional updates during the contest, preferably with an announcement on twitter with #retrochallenge. Projects may encompass any aspect of retro-computing that tickles the fancy of the individual entrant. Winners will be carefully selected and adulation bestowed. Have fun!
  2. urbancamo

    RetroChallenge

    Regarding Scott & NATHAN's comments I had a go at this back in 2009 with a VAXstation: http://wickensonline.co.uk/retro/index.html what I found was that using the internet is like an addiction. To start with you get serious withdrawals, then after a while you relax and get used to the lack of distractions. I'm quite sure people are 50% more productive because of the internet and useful information and 50% less productive because of the internet and the constant power of distraction!
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    RetroChallenge

    Greetings I'm the organiser of Retrochallenge, so hopefully will be able to add some info to this thread. You must have hit the website whilst I was moving it between hosts. The website is back up at http://retrochallenge.org/ Dale, the Twitter Monkey ran the competition with myself for ten years. We ourselves had inherited the competition. Over the course of the last few we had both lost some of the enthusiasm that had kept it such a successful endevour, so after January's competition we decided to hang up our hats and find some replacement organisers. This was after the announcement that if we were to continue we would move the competition to October and April. http://www.wickensonline.co.uk/retrochallenge-2012sc/passing-the-baton/ I've indicated that I am still happy to run the website if no-one steps up to take over this October. If anyone fancies the challenge please contact me - the website can stay put if required as has been for the past few years.
  4. Announcing the Retrochallenge 2012 Summer Challenge As usual the competition is open to all, so come and join us for a legitimized month of playing, hacking and blogging with/about your retrogear. For those of you new to retrochallenge the philosophy is: Register using the ENTER link on the Official Competition page: http://retrochallenge.org
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    Developing my MacRefLib project on my LC 575?

    Looks like you've got yourself a place to blog, so no excuses now
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    Retrochallenge 2011 Summer Challenge

    The good thing about retrochallenge is that it tends to gently encourage you to go from 'I must do x/y' to 'I'm doing x/y'. I spent years saying 'I must write some VAX/Macro code' to 'I've written some VAX/Macro code' which I'm sure wouldn't have happened had it not been for retrochallenge. Honestly, looking back at that challenge I'm still seriously impressed that I wrote assembly code to produce fractals! http://www.wickensonline.co.uk/rc2009sc/miller-time.html It's a month of retro-sillyness, and by the end you'll probably want to get back to the real world, but it sure does focus the mind. Peer-pressure is a good thing sometimes! Get those entries in to me at msw@hecnet.eu !!! Regards, Mark.
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    Retrochallenge 2011 Summer Challenge

    Forgot to mention that the competition URL is http://www.retrochallenge.org
  8. We are a couple of weeks from the Summer Challenge! About Retrochallenge 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. Come on... give it a go!
  9. urbancamo

    Winter & 300 Baud

    I've created a preliminary website at http://www.wickensonline.co.uk/retrochallenge-website/index.html - luddite - if you can link this in to the retrochallenge.net website that would be great. Regards, Mark.
  10. urbancamo

    Winter & 300 Baud

    I'll be happy to guest host the WW as required - I've sent LD8 a PM, hopefully he's about over xmas to reply. Mark.
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    RetroBBS now available (again)

    Note that the change in IP address for the DNS name appsoftint.co.uk will take a bit to propogate.
  12. urbancamo

    RetroBBS now available (again)

    Sorry guys, I was wondering why there wasn't any BBS activity, and then 'duh' it finally clicked. The static IP address has changed, so we need to get the domain name updated. I'll talk to Simon about that. In the meantime, I've reset appsoftint.co.uk to the new IP address which is 62.49.25.56. Regards, Mark.
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    RetroBBS now available (again)

    Following the protracted switch between service providers the RetroBBS is now back online, hopefully without any significant interruption from now on. Mark
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    RetroBBS lives again!

    Now hosting the retrochallenge bbs for the foreseeable future on my humble Dell 7500 Inspiron laptop - average power consumption is 15 watts, not bad for an old box running NetBSD 4.0.1. Now all I have to do is get the VAX version going! telnet://bbs.retrochallenge.net Regards, Mark.
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    Winter Warm Up 09 - Gavo's Pseudo Blog

    Oh, and one more thing - if you've got time on your hands a view into the applications, programming languages and hardware (including lots of photos and screengrabs [if that's possible]) would be really interesting. Cheers! Mark.
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