Challenge Complete: 2015/07

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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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