Simon Williams wrote in to announce the RetroChallenge Winter Warm-up 2008 is about to commence on January 1st, 2008! This is your opportunity to share your cool Apple II hacks, projects and/or otherwise demonstrate your retro-enthusiast computing skills (how retro geeky are you, really?). Get involved and show the community what we already know โ€” the Apple II is the best hacking platform ever conceived. Remember, it’s not obsolete, it’s proven technology! Simon’s announcement is after the jump.

Retrocomputing enthusiasts the World over are cordially invited to participate in the 2008 RetroChallenge Winter Warm-up, commencing January 1, 2008.

RetroChallenge is an opportunity for fans of “obsolete” platforms to spend a month pushing their retrocomputing limits in the company of like-minded geeks. Participants set their own goal(s) and typically keep the community apprised of progress via weblogs or on the Retro BBS.

Challenges are as unique as the individual RetroChallenger โ€” in the past participants have programmed games; created music and video content; performed dangerous hardware hacks or simply spent a month trying to get an old computer to boot.

RetroChallenge is not so much about competing, as it is about sharing. Think of it as an on-line show-and-tell for RetroGeeks. Because the individual challenges are self-posed, the RetroChallenge is equally well-suited to hoary old wizards and tender newbies alike. It’s not about winning, but about *doing*.

RetroChallenge is open to *all* retrocomputing platforms. For the sake of simplicity (and to avoid the usual endless debate), the criteria for what constitutes a “retro system” is left up to the conscience of the participant. Although it’s very much a matter of perspective, we would hope that nobody’s going to bring their 5-year-old Dell to the games!

The Rules? Wellโ€ฆ there really aren’t any.

RetroChallenge runs from January 1st, 2008 to January 31st, 2008. Participants are encouraged to announce their intentions prior to December 31st (but stragglers, as always, will be accommodated). Other than that, have fun and try to keep the platform wars to a minimum.

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Please feel free to post this announcement to appropriate blogs and forums.