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Visit Recursion 2015 this Saturday!

Part of King Edward Vi School
Part of King Edward Vi School

A great little show for computer fans with retro, hobby and education computing interests is ready to RUN this Saturday in Stratford-upon-Avon, England – at Shakespeare’s school!

The Recursion 2015 computer science fair is taking place in The Levi Fox Hall at the King Edward Vi School in Church Street on 4 July, 11am – 4pm, and judging by the final exhibition plan released today (click image below for larger version) should be a cracking event – and what’s more, admission is FREE!

In fact, we like the look of it so much that our editor, Stuart Williams, will be covering Recursion 2015 in person for Retro Computing News!

Recursion 2015 floor plan (courtesy Recursion)
Recursion 2015 floor plan (courtesy Recursion)

For more information on the exhibitors and what’s happening at the event, read our recent preview of Recursion 2015 and check out the event website. Download the event programme in pdf form via this link.

Amiga, Acorn, RiscOS, Retro computing and Raspberry Pi fans in particular have much to look forward to, whether you’re into hardware, software or coding – as does anyone interesting in computing education and employment, making stuff – and robotics!

There’ll be exhibitors from universities to user groups, via museums and business – as well as student-led workshops. Something, in fact, for geeks of all ages.

IF you can get there, THEN GOTO it – it looks like a great computing day out – with added Shakespeare!

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Computer-mad volunteers needed in Swindon!

Museum of Computing at Swindon
Museum of Computing at Swindon

It’s National Volunteers’ Week, and the award-winning Museum of Computing in Theatre Square, Swindon, England has appealed to people who can give up some time to help out.

It is open on Fridays from 10am until 4pm and on Saturdays from 9.30am until 5pm.

The museum traces the history of the computer from ingenious mechanical devices to compact machines from as recently as a few years ago.

Countless machines are on display and many can be used by visitors.

The same goes for its extensive stock of gaming machines, the earliest of which include ‘Pong’-style offerings, which thrilled a generation when they were released in the early 1970s.

The museum also runs computer clubs for people of all ages and organises regular events such as live action Pacman tournaments.

In a news item published this week by the Swindon Advertiser newspaper, museum spokesman Rob Leaney said roles included welcoming people at reception and helping catalogue the vast collection of computing items.

“We’re always on the look-out for anyone who can help us with everything from helping out with events, manning the front desk and cataloguing the collection, to a spot of cleaning,” he said.

“Whether people can help us out with their time, or just want to visit, we offer a friendly and interesting experience.”

The museum especially needs people who can help organise events, work at the front desk on Fridays or be assistant volunteer co-ordinators.

For more details and to apply via email nora@museumofcomputing.org.uk or call 07834 375628.

A blast from the past for International Amiga Day!

This Sunday sees the celebration of International Amiga Day, traditionally marking the birthday of the ‘father of the Amiga’, the late Jay Miner.

Retro Computing News will also be joining in the celebration on the day, by publishing a very special early interview with Jay Miner, first published in the June 1988 issue of Amiga User International magazine, here in the UK.

Jay Miner and his dog, Mitchy
Jay Miner and his dog, Mitchy

In this AUI exclusive, no-holds-barred interview, Jay told how the Amiga came into being, and had some very tough things to say about how it nearly never happened.  He also predicted what he thought might come next.

Our editor and publisher, Stuart Williams, is proud to be a former regular contributor to AUI ‘back in the day’, and is pleased to be able to re-publish this interview from the pages of AUI, both in tribute to Jay Miner and to the much-missed Amiga User International in this 30th anniversary year of the launch of the Amiga A1000.

Stuart is also launching a personal blog, ‘AMIGA meditations’, showcasing his work for AUI on Sunday, and this will be announced in Retro Computing News on the day.

Watch this space!

BYTES & PC’S

Digital Amiga News

I thought that now would be a good time to circulate some updated information on what we’re about at Retro Computing News, as we continue to expand our coverage of the computing history and retro scene.

WHO ARE WE?

We’re the online magazine that aims to cover retro computing, history of computing, retro/indie retro gaming and allied subjects. Our primary focus is not specifically on games, because there are other online publications which already do a fantastic job in that field, but we do cover games to some extent because that’s as big a theme in retro computing today as it was back in the day.

Since we’re based in England, we naturally have a UK focus, but we have an international outlook too, and are always watching for interesting news from around the globe. World-wide readers are equally welcome, of course!

NEWS

We’re keen to help publicise and cover relevant events, happenings and exhibitions, plus product news and launches, and we feature places of interest such as museums,  as well as highlighting anniversaries and personalities. Also relevant technology, hardware, software, media or literature including science fiction, science and robotics. In fact, anything of potential interest to our readers.

REVIEWS

We’re also now looking to preview and review relevant retro-themed computing and gaming hardware and books, so if you’re a manufacturer, publisher or author looking to raise the profile of your work, do get in touch!

SOCIAL MEDIA

To widen our coverage, especially internationally, we also relay a whole load of additional info, especially international, through our linked Twitter and Facebook feeds – some of which might not reach these pages!

WE NEED YOUR NEWS!

If you’ve any news, or would like to contribute a feature (regrettably, we can’t pay, but will give full credit and a byline) we welcome contacts, press releases and good quality photos.

Please contact me, the Editor & Publisher, Stuart Williams, by email via:  retrocomputingnews@gmail.com

I hope you’re enjoying what we’re doing now, and will stick with us for the future as we move onward and upward.  Looking forward to hearing from you!

Stuart Williams

Retro Computing News, Walsall, England

23 May, 2015

Come join us on social media!

 

Pacman has 4 followers

Retro Computing News is trying to build up our social media and community side, away from these pages, to make things more interactive for our readers.  So, we’d love you to link up with us on Facebook or Twitter!

We’re always glad to hear from our readers and followers, especially if you’ve got any news you think we ought to be reporting on, no matter how small!  Social media allows us to monitor and respond in a more interactive way than email, too.

What’s more, our Twitter feed and Facebook page are linked, which means that we can directly relay news and interesting info – some of which might not reach the pages of this magazine – that we follow from many sources globally on a daily, or sometimes even hourly, basis.

So, there are loads of things linked to on our social media output that you might not see here, from sources which you may not yet know about! One of the great additional benefits of joining the RCN community through social media is easy access to this flow of information.

To Like our Facebook page, go to: https://www.facebook.com/retrocompnews

And to hook up with us on Twitter, follow us via: https://twitter.com/retrocompnews

We’d love to meet you online!