Retrochallenge 2016/10 Almost Underway!

Written by admin on December 5, 2012 Categories: 

September is all but over and Retrochallenge 2016/10 will soon be underway as of midnight GMT. We have a great turn-out, currently numbering 29 competitors. That includes both seasoned competitors and several newcomers, with a fairly wide variety of projects planned. It should be a very fun and exciting month of watching those projects progress!

Michael Mulhern (@the_jongleur), one of the hosts of the Retro Computing Roundtable podcast, has kindly agreed to join me to assist in the judging of the entries at the end of the month. Michael is an Apple II fan, and I am partial to the Tandy Color Computer. So, those of you using other computers may have a little extra to prove to us — LOL! But seriously, I think that Michael and I both appreciate a variety of vintage technology and we are ready to be wowed by some really clever and innovative projects, and even by some less impressive projects if they are well documented and enthusiastically pursued — welcome to the judging team, Michael!

But what is a competition without some prizes? While we may not be known for lavish prizes, we do like to distribute a few trinkets to those that show the best in each competition…

Spencer Owen was kind enough to pledge a “Fully Monty” version of his RC2014 computer kit as a prize. This design has proven quite popular, becoming the basis for more than one entry in this month’s competition — that may complicate award distribution if one of those projects is the winner, but we’ll figure that out later! (https://www.tindie.com/products/Semachthemonkey/rc2014-homebrew-z80-computer-kit/)

As an alternative prize, I will offer-up a copy of “Build Your Own Z80 Computer” by Steve Ciarcia. I don’t know if this book counts as “rare” on eBay or not, and undoubtedly there are PDFs available online. Still, if you are like me then nothing beats having a real “dead tree” book in your hands when you sit down to read. For those unfamiliar with it, this book provides guidelines (even detailed plans) on building a “homebrew” Z80-based microcomputer from scratch. It should be right up the alley for just about anyone in this competition. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Build_Your_Own_Z80_Computer)

I also have Issue #1 of Eight Bit Magazine, “The Magazine For Collectors And Users of Eight Bit Computers”. This was a fairly recent reward from a Kickstarter project, and it is a well written and nicely produced magazine. Unfortunately for me, it turns out that I don’t have time in my life for yet another magazine just now. My loss is your gain, if your project is good enough… (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/8bitmagazine/eight-bit-magazine)

One more prize I have to offer is a DVD produced for the 25th annual “Last” Chicago CoCoFEST! by Steve Strowbridge. This is a collection of Tandy Color Computer gameplay videos which Steve has done as part of his YouTube channel, ogStevieStrow. Steve is a friendly guy, entertaining to watch, and we have enjoyed having him as part of the CoCo community. Watching him play CoCo games on DVD should be good fun for the whole family… 🙂 (http://ogsteviestrow.com/merchandise/)

If you so far have neglected to enter the competition but you still want to play, don’t be shy! There is always room for a few stragglers to enter the competition late, and honestly usually a few contestants who get stuffed in the locker by life before completing their projects. So enter and you might still have enough time for a good run — just don’t be neglecting your blogs and tweets…that goes for everyone!

Best of luck, and check back here every once in a while for witty commentary from the judges and such… 🙂

Retrochallenge 2016/10 Competition Entry is Open!

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!

The RC2016/10 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 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!

RC2016/01 Winners…

We’re all winners, just remember that before visiting the RC2016/01 Competition Winners page for our summary of the winning entries. Also note details for proposed changes to the competition on this page. A very big thank you for everyone who took part this time round! The standard of entries was incredibly hard to judge once again! Mark.

And so to the judging!

RC2016/01 is now over and what a competition it has been! The judges are now in deliberation. I will start the full-time summary once winners have been announced!

Half Time Roundup!

My half-time roundup is available here

RC2016/01 Competition Entry is Open

Once again dear friends I am pleased to announce that the Retrochallenge 2016/01 – ‘January’ aka Winter Warmup edition of the Retrochallenge is now open to entrants.

Retrochallenge 2016/01 competition will run from January 1st (hangover or not) to the end of the month. Blog entries should be complete by midnight on Sunday 31st January GMT.

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.

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!

RC2016/01 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 2016 and runs until 31st January 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!

Full-time Summary

The full-time summary is now available. Congratulations once again to the winners and all who took part. See you in January.

Competition Winners

Congratulations to our competition winners!

Dale did an excellent job in posting the winners via twitter – here are comments from the twitter monkey and mine to boot on the winning entries.

I think I might say this everytime we run RC but I am once again staggered at the level of commitment and consequent quality of entries.

Winner! Cat’s Eye Technologies

Dale comments: Bloody hell! That was development. Development, that was out there; development in the raw, development that was naked and shivering. And we looked down upon it as though we were in the Thunderdome itself. Super!
Mark comments: This was one serious curve-ball entry from Chris, and all the better for it. Consistent, high quality blogging of dogged determination in the completion of a task most of us just wouldn’t even consider. I’ll bet this man now dreams in binary. Excellent, informative and uniquely entertaining entry. Can’t wait to see what he comes up with next time!

Winner! @minus56bits

Dale comments: For the win I say, for the win! Plus he gets points for the needless Star Trek references on his blog. Saying that, I would still be staggering around the Jeffries tube looking for the EPS conduit by the end of the month had I tackled this challenge. Round of applause for Frank!
Mark comments: Excellent, consistent, highly-entertaining blogging here from Frank and he completes his task with some panache including an excellent final youtube video. Retrochallenge salutes folks who push the boundaries – and this entry does so on both the hardware and software fronts – so all hail Frank!

Winner! kd0rg

Dale comments: Loved it! Actually making something useful with a retro computer – well that doesn’t happen every day does it? If i had a floppy drive for my Atari, i would use it. Top marks big guy!
Mark comments: Well, what can I say. Animated Gifs FTW! Excellent blogging, making something useful on retro-hardware is a winner in our book, and you’ve got to love the shiny shiny added to Rich’s BASIC program to lift it beyond the norm! Very well done sir!

Winner! @buildboats

Dale comments: Frequent updates on the blog and on twitter and from that i am surprised he had the time to write the baseball game. More cuteness from him in the form of magazine mock-ups at the end and he also had time for a tournament on the last day, what a guy!
Mark comments: Loved this entry right from the start, and what progress Tom made throughout the month, reaching a highly polished game that looks good and does what it says on the tin! High quality blogging and some quality videos underpin the development effort to make this a very worthy winner! Well done Tom!

 

The End of the Competition

Thank you all participants! Dale and I are now in deliberation for some kind of verdict.

Half-time round up

Go check out my hastily penned half-time round up of the movers-n-shakers in this Retrochallenge.

Wishing everyone the best of luck in the second half of the challenge. Make us proud!

RC2015/07 Competition is Running

Remember, it’s never too late to enter!

Follow Dale’s updates on @retrochallenge and filter tweets on #retrochallenge for the latest updates!

Entrants: please either tweet @retrochallenge when you’ve updated a page (or email me) or tweet with #retrochallenge so that followers are informed of your latest retro-goodness.

Best of luck to all who’ve entered!

RC2015/07 Competition Entry is Open

In a most uncharacteristic display of planning I am pleased to announce that the Retrochallenge 2015/07 – ‘July’ edition of the retrochallenge is now open to entrants. This round of the bi-annual madness used to be called Summer Warmup, but as this is a *world wide* competition we’re finally getting all PC (that’s Politically Correct not IBM PC you understand).

Retrochallenge 2015/07 competition will run from July 1st to the end of the month. We will allow blog updates till midnight on Sunday 2nd August GMT.

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.

Twitter has become the preferred communication media for updates – if you make a post to your website please consider a short ‘tweet’ with #retrochallenge. Follow @retrochallenge and filter tweets on #retrochallenge for the latest updates!

The RC2015/07 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 July 2015 and runs until 31st July 2015.
  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.
  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!

The RC2015/01 Competition…

Winners & Honourable Mentions

Head over to the Competition Summary page for part #1 of the round-up with the winners and honourable mentions.

Competition has Ended

Retrochallenge 2015/01 is officially over. Congratulations to all who made it to the end. Dale and I will get our heads together over the next few days and announce the winners. I’ll put together a summary so that we can all bathe in the retro-goodness together as the one happy family that we are.

The Final Push!

The final few hours of RetroChallenge! Parting will be such sweet sorrow. Best of luck for the remaining time available.

Into the last week!

Apologies for the lack of updates on the website but twitter has been regularly fed with updates from entrants and updates from the ever observant Dale.

We’re into the last week so I’d just like to remind contestants that blog posts should be completed by midnight Sunday (I’ll accept that as your local time or GMT whichever is the later). That gives you a little extra time over the weekend to indulge yourself one last time.

Thank’s for all the updates – I’ve been busy with my own stuff but it’s a great distraction to read what everyone else is up to and I’m really looking forward to getting my head down next week and immersing myself fully in all that you’ve been up to!

Competition is LIVE!

Starting with a healthy 21 competitors the competition is now LIVE! We even have a couple of mystery prizes – more to be announced later. Happy New Year to all!

Competition Entry is Open

Welcome to the shiny, new, hemisphere agnostic Retrochallenge 2015/01 – where the /01 means ‘January’. This round of the bi-annual madness used to be called Winter Warmup, but as this is a *world wide* competition we’re finally getting all PC (that’s Politically Correct not IBM PC you understand).

Retrochallenge 2015/01 competition will run from New Years Day, January 1st to the end of the month, Saturday 31st January 2015. Typically we will allow a final blog post at the end of the weekend, so you should be complete midnight 1st February GMT!

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 RC2015/01 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 2015 and runs until 31st January 2015.
  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 adulation bestowed.
  8. Have fun!

You can visit the previous retrochallenge competition here:
RC2014 Summer Challenge

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