I hope you don't mind posting a couple of links to Retrochallenge here. I thought specifically of Easy68K this time round because one of the projects on my list of potential competition entries is to create a seven-segment display and switches/lights panel to mimic in RL the software-based panel that comes with Easy68K. I have a MECB clone
and around 100 seven segment displays to use! If I was feeling adventurous a 'single step' panel with all the 68K registers on display at one time would make a great educational tool. I could see it being used to introduce microprocessors to kids at the junior school where my two currently attend.
I've been spurred on to complete a more adventurous hardware project with recent successes using an Arduino to drive a Cyclops visor (an early, quick demo is here
) as part of my fancy dress outfit for my wife's 40th birthday party!
It would great to see some of you in the competition. I would love to see one of Lee's projects, for example, included.
Regards, Mark.Retrochallenge 2013 Summer Challenge - Entrants now being taken
Yes folks, it's your bi-annual excuse to shun all things modern and immerse yourself in your classic kit for a month of retro-goodness.
If you are new to retrochallenge head over to http://www.retrochallenge.org/
for more details and examples of previous entries if you need ideas. The results of the previous competition, the winter warmup, are here
. For my last retrochallenge I went back to school
and completed a BBC Basic project
that had been resurrected from a 28 year old floppy that a classmate had kept in his attic!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.
Come on… give it a go! – At this point i do not have any prizes, but i hear a birdie has offered an Atari Portfolio, just like the one used in Terminator to hack a cash machine. Ooer!
Other prizes will be posted when i have them.Competition Rules
- RetroChallenge commences 1st July 2013 and runs until 31st July 2013.
- In order to qualify, computer systems must by approximately 10 years old (or older!) however exceptions will always be made for exotica!
- Gaming consoles and PDAs qualify if they were made in the previous century.
- Where appropriate, replica hardware and emulators may be used.
- Entrants are responsible for adequately documenting their projects and submitting occasional updates during the contest.
- Projects may encompass any aspect of retro-computing that tickles the fancy of the individual entrant.
- Winners will be carefully selected and thoughtfully chosen prizes presented (hopefully before the next challenge commences).
- Have fun!