Here we go, after much deliberation and concurring between the Retrochallenge
Competition organisers here are the official results:

Winner – Paul Robson – Acorn Pocket Book II

Comprehensive updates are a hallmark of an excellent retrochallenge as are the
signature combination of low level software development and novel use of new
hardware for emulation. Paul’s breadth of technical skill shows through and
challenges are faced with resolute determination. The focus of the entry, a
mostly forgotten handheld game console, at first seems whimsical and slightly
humourous, but dig deeper and there is a purpose to this challenge – presevation
of historical computing artifacts should not purely be the preseve of the
successful. There is magic in each of these devices if only for their unique
position in our rich computing heritage. Congratuations Paul!

Winner – z0m8ied0g – Timex Sinclair 1000 (aka ZX81)

I’ll come clean – I didn’t even get what the name stood for until wgoodf pointed
it out. Fair play though this entry had lots of good quality updates that told a
story about, yes we all admit it, a technology close to the heart of my
‘demographic’. Stepping back from our own nostagia strip, however, we have a
previous faller who has ‘done good’ this time – engaging his audience by
providing a retro service both over the internet and down good audio copper. You
can’t beat the sound of a modem screeching to tingle the spine. I did log in to
the server and then started searching for a Videotext terminal emulator for the
VAX. So far I’ve got as far as installing the VTX software which I don’t think
is going to cut it. Excellent stuff!

If you’d like to provide postal details we will arrange to get you sent your
wonderful prizes – Twitter Monkey will help out with postal charges.

Runner Up – Coronax

A very close call here as both twitter monkey and nut cruncher had a keen
fondness for this entry. Great blogging using plenty of detail and good
explanations, video, and a great all round story (with the obligatory
diversions) wrapped up a very strong entry. Gotta love an Amiga as well. We hope
very much to see you fighting your way to the top in the future.

Runner Up – Earl Evans

A twitter monkey personal favourite the smooth talking radio host proves he’s
got it where it counts in the retro world by coming up with the goods with his
disk drive emulator – a great contribution to the world of vintage Epson laptops
(with those lovely keyboards, hmmm…) I’m going to choose my time carefully to
curl up and watch the heated chess challenge when I’m done here. Great stuff
Earl, thanks for taking part!

Twitter monkey says:

Special thanks to Linville and the jim gerrie guy for keeping the dragon alive. Erm retrobits for finally finishing his project. It only took 2 years and cronax for sexy math.

Prizes and Donations

Big shout out for the donators of the two prizes on offer – I’m sure it pushes people that little bit more! Many thanks to those who donated money as well!

In Conclusion

Thanks again for everyone who took part – this competition provides time and
time again valuable contributions to the world of retro-computing. It’s a
subject that can be so encompassing that it competes head-to-head with the
challenges of the real-world. This time round I’m a victim of this (once again),
as are others, but it is comforting to know that those who have fallen foul in
previous challenges can provide such uplifting, engaging and comprehensive
entries in subsequent competitions.

See you in the summer. Health, peace and prosperity to all.


So we are at the end…

And now, the end is near And so I face the final curtain…

Although technically we’re giving everyone until midnight GMT Sunday to finish their retrochallenge projects I have taken the opportunity today to write a summary of the projects from my perspective.

RC2014 Competition Summary

Competition is a Go!

Welcome everyone to the 2014 Winter Warmup Retrochallenge, and a very happy new year!
I hope you all find time out to have lots of fun with your retro project and we very much look forward to reading all about them!

The 2014 Winter Warmup Competitors List

Competition Entry is Open

And we’re back – older, wiser, stronger…

The Retrochallenge 2014 Winter Warmup competition will run between January 1st to 31st 2014. Entry is now open!

Please email mark at wickensonline dot co dot uk with your name (or handle) a brief synopsis of your project and a URL for your blog.

The 2014WW Entrants List is here…

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

  1. RetroChallenge commences 1st January 2014 and runs until 31st January 2014.
  2. In order to qualify, computer systems must by approximately 10 years old (or older!) however 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.
  6. Projects may encompass any aspect of retro-computing that tickles the fancy of the individual entrant.
  7. Winners will be carefully selected and thoughtfully chosen prizes presented (hopefully before the next challenge commences).
  8. Have fun!


Thanks to our extremely generous participants and audience we have the following donations for prizes:

  • Stephen (aka z0m8ied0g) has kindly donated a fully working Acorn Pocket Book II. The Retrocomputing Gods nod in approval.
  • Erich Pooch (aka epooch) has kindly donated a Timex Sinclair 1000 (aka ZX81). The Retrocomputing Gods smile wistfully.
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Donate For Prizes

Please feel free to make a donation towards fabulous prizes!

Previous Competitions

For an idea of the kind of thing we get up to, please feel free to browse the previous competition’s websites:

2013 Summer Challenge

2013 Winter Warm up

2012 Summer Challenge

2012 Winter Warmup Retrochallenge

2011 Summer Retrochallenge

2011 Winter Warmup Retrochallenge

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