Retrocomputing is a hobby where enthusiasts collect rare, interesting, or valuable hardware and software for the collectible value or to enjoy using it.
Many expensive systems like IBM Mainframes, DEC minicomputers, or SGI workstations have now become affordable on the used computer market. Other vintage computers such as Apple IIs, IBM PCs, ZX Spectrums, Atari, Commodore, Amigas and BBC Micros are even more popular among collectors for sentimental reasons.
This group is for demonstrating, discussing, displaying, coding on, playing with (etc. . .) the original hardware in order to enjoy and share the experience with like-minded others, while preserving the aging electronics for historical reasons.
It's time to start planning for the fall 2019 retrocomputing meetup.
If you have something to bring for show and tell, please do! It can be something new, or something you already brought before. There will be tables and extension cords for exhibits. Or, just bring yourself!
The exhibit portion of the Meeting is Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The exhibit portion is from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in the interactive classroom and lecture hall, with 30 minutes before and after for setup and breakdown.
This time, the lecture hall is booked starting at 2:30, for a few lightning talks by anyone who is interested in giving a brief talk (1 to 10 minutes) about anything of interest. This can be a brief personal introduction, a brief introduction to your exhibit, a teaser about any retrocomputing topic of interest further in-person discussion.
If you are interested in giving a lightning presentation, please contact me with your name, topic, and how many minutes you will take. I will publish a schedule of the talks, beginning at 2:30 pm, to be followed by "open mike" time until 3:00 pm. The lecture hall will then revert to an exhibit room.
We will continue to have a swap/sale/givaway table. Labels will be available to mark your items.
As always, please RSVP so we know how much Pizza to bring.