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Offline revaldinho

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Retro event alert!

There's a Retro Computer Event at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, UK next weekend:


I went last year and it was pretty good. The museum is great for micros in its own right of course but there were a good number of interesting exhibits and some retro related project work being shown off at the event too. I took a few snaps which you're welcome to flick through here:


Anyone thinking of going this year?


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Re: Retro Computer Festival at Computing History Museum, Cambs, UK
« Reply #1 on: 21:07, 08 September 18 »
Looks interesting, tempted to contact them and see if I pitch up with my collection of CPCs

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Re: Retro Computer Festival at Computing History Museum, Cambs, UK
« Reply #2 on: 21:10, 08 September 18 »
Cool stuff! And a real C65 it seems - and that typewriter thing is just out of this world..

Whish I could stop by! Already missed the one here in California:


Was surprised to see Acorn Brisith microcomputers being exhibited this year - apparently, there are some Acorn users here:

Acorn Computers — Dominic Pajak, San Jose, California; David Glover-Aoki, Woodside, California; Phillip Pearson, San Francisco, California — We will show British home computers from the 1980s including the Acorn Atom, Acorn Electron, BBC Master, and BBC Micro Model B. There will also be an Acorn A3000 series computer— one of the first commercial uses of an ARM processor. You’ll be able to try the classic space simulator Acornsoft Elite and see custom peripherals including PiTubeDirect, which uses a Raspberry Pi to emulate a variety of second processors for the 8-bit machines.

... let's hope for the CPC to take over California too  :)

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Re: Retro Computer Festival at Computing History Museum, Cambs, UK
« Reply #3 on: 22:02, 22 September 18 »
So, I went to this event last week. It was really good - much larger than the previous year and I think quite a few more interesting things on display but not so many Amstrads I have to say. In fact, other than the museum's own collection there was just the one CPC6128 'guest' there. That was quite a nice display though. It was running a Wifi modem via an Amstrad (Pace) serial port and accessing the TELSTAR Viewdata system - displaying news and sport scraped from Web-pages in a Prestel-like Terminal. Retro-tastic, and at some point I will revive my Terminatel (Minitel) machine to access that.

Elsewhere there were a good number of micros (originals and some replicas/rebuilds) from the late 70s and early 80s including some rarities - KIM-1, Commodore C65, Lynx128 and so on. I took a lot of snaps which you are welcome to flick through here: