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Retrochallenge 2009 Summer Challenge Entry
This page contains information about my entry to the Retrochallenge 2009 Summer
Challenge. The retrochallenge competition is held bi-annually and requires
entrants to spend a month on a project involving retro hardware and/or retro
software. The term retro describes software or hardware that are more than ten
The competition main page can be found here.
This entry focusses on programming a VAXstation 4000/90 in it's native assembly
language VAX Macro-32 using the tools provided by the OpenVMS operating system.
I won't be restricting myself to using this machine exclusively, as last time.
I'm hoping for some sort of symbiosis between old and new technologies this
time, and am looking for observations of when it works and when it clashes.
Entrants to the competition are required to keep a diary. The posts below
contain entries to my diary. If you are interested in my project, please check
back during the month of July 2009 as I will be making regular updates.
Originally started a week ago I only managed two lines so in
typical retrochallenge fashion the prelude is written a full day
before the challenge starts.
My eclectic collection of books that are going to take me to
RJ45 -> SVHS -> DB9 -> MMJ. Chances of success?
Of Macro, Mandelbrots, Manuals & Missing ADSL
13-Jul-2009 Work In Progress
Macro, Calling Standard, New Retro Tech, Backups
15-Jul-2009 Mandelbrot Generator 1
Floating point numbers and reading the manual properly
17-Jul-2009 Hardware Trials
All the fun of the fair - and all my own making
18-Jul-2009 Miller Time?
Finally, an image any daddy could be proud of
26-Jul-2009 Next Steps
What to do with the last week of retrogoodness
30-Jul-2009 Images 2
Closing thoughts and future directions
1. Retrochallenge Home Page