Retrochallenge 2016/2 – Throwing my hat into the ring.

It’s Retrochallenge time again and how quickly it comes around and how ill-prepared I am.

Recent competitions have seen great entries by talented retro-folks the world over whereas my contributions have been less glorious but filled with enthusiastic zeal.

This time around will be no different ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not sure what I will do to be honest. I may take a broken retro system down from the “shelf of good intentions” and try to fix it. I may try and interface a ZX printer to something non-Sinclair or perhaps get the Tandy 4 colo(u)r plotter talking to my PDP-11. Who can say?

Whatever happens there will be joy and frustration but mostly joy.

In the words of poppy-funster “Jem”

It’s just a ride, it’s just a ride
No need to run, no need to hide

Though there may be a need to solder…

See you on the other side.


Interak 1

160917-img_20160917_101041Back in the day, manufacturers of small computer were legion. There were myriad little companies trying their hand at getting into micros. If you look back through the pages of Electronic Today International, Practical Wireless etc. you will find adverts for these small companies selling their kits, PCB etc.

It was usual in those pre-web days to send off a “Stamped-Addressed-Envelope” (SAE) along with some unused postage stamps and in due course a catalogue would arriveย  detailing the product available.

On such company was Greenbank Electronics of Merseyside here in the UK. Their machine was the Interak 1, a Z80 based computer composed of a 19″ rack with a backplane and a collection of cards that could be purchased individually as funds allowed.

Back then there were many companies vying for my money and whilst I got as far as sending off the stamps to Greenbank and getting the Interak catalogue, I got no further.

However, as you can see above, thanks to the generosity of a friend of mine, I now have an Interak1 and I am very happy about it.