From 30.09. to 10.08. 2006 the "Classic Computing", an event for the preservation of old computer hardware, took place in Lingen, Germany.
Classic Computing 2006
visited by Blakkhar/Moods Plateau
From September 30th to Oktober 1st 2006 the “Classic Computing”, an event for the preservation of old computer hardware, took place in Lingen, Germany. Blakkhar of Moods Plateau reported for JP.
Journey to Classic Computing 2006
It was a just-in-time decision to travel to Nordhorn. So I printed a route description and city map on Saturday morning. Some drawings on the printout were necessary because the HP510 sucks a lot (streets were not visible). I prepared some food for the journey and took my car at 9:30. After about two hours driving straight on, the departure to Nordhorn appeared. Hmm… until now fucking easy, and “Alte Weberei” came a bit later. The weather was fine (sunshine almost the whole day).
Entering the arena
I paid the entrance of only 2 Euro and saw the big hall filled up with a lot of classic hardware, software, books and other stuff I had never seen before. There were only a few visitors at that time at the Classic Computing. And the whole day it was nearly the same – maybe it increased a bit, but I didn’t really care. Unfortunately some exhibitors cancelled their appearance a day before. However, for me it was really interesting.
For people who wanted to play some classic games like Lotus, there were enough machines to do so. I myself played a short round of Slam Tilt (highscore g), only to make use of the supply. My focus was on 68k Amiga, AmigaOne, Pegasos (both seen for the first time) and music software.
AmigaOne, Pegasos & Co.
Luckily MacFly had some soft installed on his AmigaOne that he showed me. First I wondered because Protracker 2.x (don`t know the exact version) was running. Also Milkytracker seems to be a tracker that could be used to make mods. Bad point was that the wireless keyboard didn’t run well with Milky and the active loudspeakers sucked. The noise from all the other computers made it nearly impossible to check out quality/usability. Ok, not much time, and that I didn’t want to occupy the AmigaOne all the time was also a reason.
At Classic Computing I had a nice chat with Guido Mersmann. He’s the author of e.g. MMKeyboard, SimplecCat, Meridian, R and other programs. He had brought his Pegasos and a DVB-T Receiver. He wrote a driver for that.
It worked, but the DVB-T signal was too bad for a clean picture. He had a small unreleased network game based on an old C64 game running (sorry, forgot the name) where two guys can search/hide different things, set pitfalls, hit the opponent and do other funny things.
The water cooled AmigaOne G4 1,x MHz upclocked in blue was an eye catcher. It had an passive PSU (about 250,- Euro the owner told). The whole costs for the water cooling incl. PSU were about 500,- Euros. Hey, that’s cheaper than the AmigaOne itself.
Further “highlights” for me were a C64 in an arcarde box, the golden C64, Virtual Boy (don’t know if it is called that way). I didn’t have a closer look at this, due to little time and different priorities.
Later in the afternoon – I was sitting in front of some Amigas – a guy from Moods Plateau I never met personally talked to me. It was Doc K.
what a nice surprise (Ghandy wanted to join but he didn’t, alas). Doc K. only knew an old photo of me having an ABC protective mask on (hehe). As I’m a friendly guy, I told him my scene handle. Now a very nice conversation about several topics started.
Suddenly, the organizer man shouted out “ten minutes left to close”. Okay, it seemed nobody cared about it because one hour later we were still talking. The organizers and and some exhibitors started drinking beer from a barrel and the main entrance was already closed. After saying “good bye” I gave Doc K. a lift to Lingen railway station and continued a rather boring (no radio) travel back home.
Related links to Classic Computing:
Previous invitations to this meeting.