Saturday, 19 May 2018

June 2018 Event - Apple Night!

Adelaide Retro Computing Event - Apple Night!
Time: 7:30pm
Date: Friday June 8, 2018
Location: Eastwood Community Centre Hall
95 Glen Osmond Road, Eastwood SA 5063 

Cost of entry is $4 per person (children under 12 exempt).

Any vintage Apple machine is fine. We'd especially like to see stuff we haven't seen before, so no matter how obscure it is, please bring it along!

If you don't have anything to bring in that's fine too; we'd like to see as many people attend to spectate as those with displays.

We request that systems be dated 2001 or earlier.

Second hand sale tables for those wanting to sell retro systems and accessories will be available as usual.

The event starts at 7:30pm, but for those bringing in systems please arrive at 7:00pm to set up. Please bring power boards and extension cables for your equipment. A video projector will be available for anyone wanting to use it with their system. Tables are provided.

There is a $4 entry fee to cover costs of room hire and running of the group.

For directions to the Eastwood Community Centre please visit our website at and click on Meeting Location for directions.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Tiny Launcher - A great front-end for WHDLoad on the Amiga

I thought I’d mention a nice bit of Amiga software that I’ve been using for a while now. It’s called Tiny Launcher and it serves as an attractive front end for WHDLoad games and demos.

The big advantage of a launcher like this is that you never have to dive into Workbench or even plug in a mouse to run your favourite WHDLoad games or demos (you might have two joysticks permanently plugged in for example). Navigation is done with the joystick or arrow keys and when you’re finished with a program it will exit back to the Tiny Launcher interface. Hitting escape will kick you back to the Workbench.

I have the program set to launch on boot. This is achieved with a few simple lines in the start-up sequence or user-startup:

This is the directory I point Tiny Launcher to for games:

Unfortunately I don’t have the space to keep my Amigas out all the time, but it's nice to know that when I pull my A1200 out of the cupboard its ready to load a quick game without ever having to touch the mouse or engage with the GUI.

Definitely worth a look if you’re a WHDLoad user.

Tiny Launcher is written by Michael Gibs and can be downloaded from Aminet.
Details here:

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

May 2018 Meeting Report

Thanks to everyone who came out in rather chilly conditions on Friday for our regular Eastwood meet-up! On show were a couple of ZX-Spectrums, a C64, and plenty of vintage Macs and PCs (who no doubt looked upon each other with scorn!). Next month will be a special Apple event (sorry, PCs). We look forward to seeing you all there!

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Unley Reboot Event Report

A big thanks to all of our members who did an outstanding job on Saturday representing the ARC Group in style at the Unley Reboot exhibition! The show was a great success with an amazing cross section of machines provided by the group. This was a great chance for the broader public to see what we do and hopefully we’ll be putting on more events like this in the future. Thanks also to the Unley Civic Library for making the show happen and allowing us to use their facilities.