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Retrochallenge 2010 Winter Warmup Entry
This page contains information about my entry to the Retrochallenge 2010 Winter
Warmup. 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 years old.
The competition main page can be found here.
This time round it's probably going to be a mixed bag of things as I'm going to
be away at least twice during the month so anything involving specialist
hardware is going to be out of the question during those times.
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 January 2010 as I will be making regular updates.
As always, these pages have been created using ALLIN1 version 3.2 using a VT320
and an LK201 keyboard part number 70-23983-PE, C01 - the word processing variant
with the Gold key. The pages are then printed using VT control codes which are
processed using OpenVMS TPU and DCL to convert VT codes to HTML and some HTML
scaffolding to create the final pages.
31-Jan-2010 Final Entry
A review of the book 'The Soul of a New Machine' by Tracy Kidder
describing the development of a Data General computer to rival
the VAX in the late 70's.
Well, I've not really made any, so I thought I'd turn my
attention to the best of the rest. That's my Top Gun quote used
for this challenge!
20-Jan-2010 Other Books
Other books of interest including some 68000 programming books
and some interesting wildcards to the pack.
19-Jan-2010 VAX Book Library
The collection of VAX related books I've brought together,
including front covers, example pages and a few notes.
Not done much but thought it was time for an update.
10-Jan-2010 MECB and Babcock VFD
Driving a Babcock 40x6 character Vacuum Flourescent Display from
the 68K SBC and producing a Retrochallenge Roll Call video on
YouTube (in HD no less!)
8-Jan-2010 M68K MECB Single Board Computer
First installment in my exploration of the Motorola Educational
Board Computer - C and assembler programming FTW!
7-Jan-2010 Amiga Nostalgia
My personal Amiga history, plus some good Amiga game screen
shots from the excellent Universal Amiga Emulator.
5-Jan-2010 Spectrum Brochure
A scan of an original ZX Spectrum brochure and some random
thoughts from the land of snow.
4-Jan-2010 Comptronics Magazine
The cutting edge in magazine content delivered to you today as
fresh as it was in April, 1982. I won't even charge you the 50p
3-Jan-2010 DEC LA75 Plus Printer
Happy Christmas to me, happy Christmas to me... my retro chrimbo
pressy brand spanking new and lovely to boot.
A hastily penned retrochallenge-oriented festive ditty brought
to life by the alpha-powered voice that is DECtalk.
2-Jan-2010 VAX Games
Reviving a couple of VAX Games that haven't seen the light of
day since 1988.
Oh, and ALL HAIL WGOODF!
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