Video: Monotron - a 1980s style home computer written in Rust

Triangle Rustaceans
Triangle Rustaceans
Public group

Every 4th Monday of the month

Caktus Group Tech Space

108 Morris Street · Durham, NC

How to find us

Next to Bullseye Bikes at Five Points in Downtown Durham

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This month we will be watching and discussing a video from Rust Belt Rust 2018 -- Monotron - a 1980s style home computer written in Rust (

After general introductions and rust community news at 7:00, we will start the video at 7:15. If you've already seen the video, but still want to join the discussion, show up at 7:45.

Video Description:

"I missed the simplicity of of computers like the C64 and the Apple II and I wondered if I could recreate something like that, but using the Cortex M4 devboard on my desk and a handful of resistors. Can you generate VGA without a video chip? Can you render text without enough RAM for a framebuffer? Can you read from a PS/2 keyboard? Can you get any audio out of it, while doing video at the same time? Can you do it all in Rust, and run tests on an actual PC? Will it run fast enough to be useful?"

About us:

We are the Triangle Rustaceans, a group of Triangle-area Rust aficionados of all levels of skill and experience. The activity for this month's meeting has not yet been determined.

Meetings will be on the 4th Monday of every month, at 7pm.

All people attending Triangle Rustacean events agree to abide by the Rust Code of Conduct. (

Location & Parking

This month we are being hosted by Caktus Group, located at 108 Morris St. next to Bullseye Bikes in downtown Durham. If you have trouble finding free on-street parking, Caktus recommends using the Durham Centre parking garage, with entrances on Morris St. and W. Morgan St. The evening price in the parking garage appears to be a minimal $1.50.