What we're about

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.

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Show and tell, browse, discuss vintage computers

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It's time to start planning for the fall DFW Retrocomputing Meetup! This one is once again hosted at the usual Dallas Makerspace location, as we continue to explore other venues.

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!

In order to accommodate timing for the lightning talk portion, the meetup is starting at 2:30 p.m., and ends at 6:30 p.m. Setup may begin at 2:00pm, and breakdown is allowed until 7:00 pm.

The classroom series is scheduled to start at 3:30 in the lecture hall, and will last until 4:30 pm.

The talk schedule may change, as we may have a guest speaker from out of town. At the moment the schedule is:

  • 3:30-4:00pm - Thomas Cherryholmes: "The GRiDCASE 1500: inside and out."
  • 4:00-4:30pm - Joel Hilliard: "TRS-80 Network 3"
  • Open mic lightning talks before and after scheduled talks

Suggested Topics for Open Mic:
- A brief introduction.
- A Current project
- A quick How to tutorial
- Historical notes, from personal experience or research

If you are interested in giving a lightning presentation at any future event, please contact me with your name, topic, and how many minutes you will take.

As on prior meetups, we will continue to have a swap/sale/givaway table. Labels will be available to mark your items.

Last time, we had members stationed at the front door letting folks in, ensuring everyone signs the waiver, and directing folks to the meetup. That worked out very well. If any DMS member would like to volunteer to split this duty, let me know.

As always, please RSVP so we know how much Pizza to bring.

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Show and tell, browse, discuss vintage computers

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