Adelaide Retro Computer Group Meeting December 2016
On December 9th we held the last Adelaide Retro Computing Group meeting for 2016, with a BBQ and a free for all retro theme! We got to see some great systems and a very interesting presentation by Alexis on his home built Retro computer!
Given that this was the last meeting for the year, we decided to hold a BBQ to celebrate and it didn't take long for the food to be eaten up!
Theo and his son were busy with BBQ duties:
Was nice to see attendees relaxing and chatting about all things Retro:
Definitely couldn't resist having a few games on this amazing system. I also have a PC Engine, but not a portable one like this!
Special mention goes to this classic Tempest branded Retro console system!
I had a go at Alien Invader - it was quite good fun!
Moonspire was particularly popular during the night:
Also I brought along my recently rebuilt Amiga 4000D, with Picasso IV graphics card, X-Surf 100 Ethernet card, USB, Big Ram 256MB Zorro expansion, Cyberstorm PPC 060/240Mhz PPC accelerator, DVD drive, two floppy drives and a 200Gb IDE Hard disk!
Here I am with my Amiga 4000D on the night. I had plenty of questions about both systems during the night and was happy to explain the latest upgrades for the Classic Amiga systems in 2016.
A special treat also for the December event is this rare Atari Falcon 030 system. I have never seen one of these systems before and it was great to see one working and running a number of demos, games and even linux(!) during the night!
Here is Linux build running on the Atari Falcon - who would have thought:
The raytracing real time demos shown on the Falcon were very impressive:
It certainly got plenty of attention!
Next to this was a special built Raspberry Pi running emulation of Retro systems inside a Sega Master System II case, with SD Card and keyboard ESC mapping to the power button for games that needed it.
Macintosh Retro system were well represented too, with this Powerbook and PowerPC Power Mac system on display:
This Mac Classic was also on display:
We even had a clamshell iBook G3:
Systems continued to pop up everywhere, including in the centre tables as the room quickly filled up with machines!
This MIST FPGA system was brought in, running Amiga 1200 AGA core system:
This Commodore 64 that was brought in had an interesting Commodore Sound Expander cartridge expansion module installed, and it was busy playing plenty of great music and SID tunes during the night!
Here is George chatting with some of the attendees on the night:
Alexis was our guest presenter for the evening, and he had us all very interested in his personally built Retro computer system, running CP/M:
Here you can see the boards he put together with the interface ports for the various cards he created for the computer functions:
It was a very interesting presentation with some demonstrations of system memory monitoring, as well as games and programs shown running on the system. We were all impressed with the wealth of knowledge Alexis has and being able to finish this impressive project himself:
It was a great night and we want to thank everyone for coming to the Adelaide Retro Computing Group events throughout 2016.