Archive for Vintage Computers

Retrochallenge 10/2017

That time of year again… It’s Retrochallenge time! Retrochallenge is where you challenge yourself to use vintage computers for a personal project for a month. This time, it’s for the month of October 2017. For my Retrochallenge, I will be rewriting an old Christmas graphic and sound demo I wrote on a real VIC-20 computer […]

Cross Assembling on a Commodore 64

These days, the term “cross assembling” means that you use one computing environment to develop applications for different computing environment, like using Windows to make games for a Nintendo, or writing 6502 assembler on a system with an x86 CPU. For the lack of a better term, I’m using cross compiling to describe a means […]

3D Graphics – Amiga Style!

A long, long time ago, in an era so far away, an Amiga was all that I had… My early computing days were Commodore centric. I had a VIC-20 for my first computer while in high school. Then in my first years in the military, I bought a Commodore 64. A few years later, I […]

Retrochallenge 2016/01

To jump to a specific update, select from the list below: Update 12/16/2015 Update 12/21/2015 Update 1/8/2016 Update 1/13/2016 Update 1/29/2016 It’s that time of year when the bi-annual Retrochallenge prepares to begin with a new list of challenge entries, all in the name of vintage computing. For the next challenge, I choose NOT to […]

VCF East 10.0

Time to blow off the dust settling on this stagnant website and post a new article documenting my experience at the Vintage Computer Fest East 10.0 (VCFEast) event. The event is over, and I’m now recuperating from the tempest of activity which filled the weekend of April 18 and 19, 2015. I’ll start with the […]

Blog Response to the YDKF Podcast Episode 157

I just got done listening to Rob “Flack” O’Hara’s latest “You Don’t Know Flack” (YDKF) episode #157 called, “Printer Extravaganza.” I thought I would try something different and post a full response on my own blog. This post may be light on some details because it is in response to information specifically mentioned in YDKF […]

Updated Jan 20, 2015: My RetroChallenge Entry for January 2015

Twice a year, I enter the contest known as RetroChallenge. It is an informal challenge for all participants to do something with retro computers for one month. The next “Winter Warmup” challenge starts New Year’s Day, 2015. Although there is a contest aspect to the event, it’s really rather ungoverned or scrutinized as a contest. […]

VCF East 9.1

In 2014, I was invited to attend the Vintage Computer Festival (VCF) East 9.1 as an exhibitor. I had recently finished cleaning and assembling a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A computer with a Peripheral Expansion Box (PEB), so that became my exhibit. It was going to be the first VCF I ever attended, and I’m glad I […]

Personal Review of VCF East – Coming Soon!

I had a great time as an exhibitor at VCF East 9.1 this year. There are many experiences and memories I am still mentally digesting. It was rather overwhelming and I will be posting a more detailed write-up about that experience in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy this preview picture of a Franklin […]

Christmas Demos – VIC-20 Style

This Christmas day, I had a chance to look back and reflect on some of my earlier days as a computer programmer, working on simple, yet festive graphic demos on my Commodore VIC-20. It was 1981. I received my very first computer in October of that year. By the time Christmas was approaching, I had […]

The way ELECTRONICS used to be!

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