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retrocomputing

/ret'-roh-k*m-pyoo'ting/ Refers to emulations of way-behind-the-state-of-the-art hardware or software, or implementations of never-was-state-of-the-art; especially if such implementations are elaborate practical jokes and/or parodies, written mostly for hack value, of more "serious" designs. Perhaps the most widely distributed retrocomputing utility was the "pnch(6)" or "bcd(6)" program on V7 and other early Unix versions, which would accept up to 80 characters of text argument and display the corresponding pattern in punched card code. Other well-known retrocomputing hacks have included the programming language INTERCAL, a JCL-emulating shell for Unix, the card-punch-emulating editor named 029, and various elaborate PDP-11 hardware emulators and RT-11 OS emulators written just to keep an old, sourceless Zork binary running.

retrocomputing

Refers to using vintage hardware and software either as a hobby or because the products still solve a problem and there is no need to upgrade. See steampunk.
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We're extremely excited by the potential applications for our new PTS shuttle ASR for freezer warehouses, and for the benefits this system will bring to our North American customers who operate and manage frozen goods facilities," Retrotech Chief Executive Officer Paul Deveikis said.
com)-- Leading industry publication, Food Logistics, has chosen Retrotech Inc.
A material handling technology called ACTIV[TM] Systems, recently introduced by Retrotech, is said to solve the problem of blast freezing entire pallet loads.
For example, when Retrotech Inc, Fishers, NY, a system integration company specializing in updating automated warehouses, was hired to replace a complex AS/RS conveyor system at the Prairie du Chien-WI facility of 3M, the company developed the entire system in its office on a PC using real-time simulation and emulation.
July 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Retrotech has been included on Food Logistics 2014 Top Green Providers list.
Beginning on January 7, Deveikis will become the CEO, taking over from Peter Hartman who has led Retrotech since 1998.
May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Retrotech has been placed on the 2014 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 list, which recognizes the country's "100 great supply chain projects" of the year.
2013 was a phenomenal year and 2014 has gotten off to an exciting start for us," said Retrotech Chief Executive Officer Paul Deveikis.
com)-- The editors of Food Logistics Magazine have selected Retrotech, Inc.
The new system uses Retrotech automation and Viastore equipment, and replaces a system that has served the plant since Ronald Reagan was president of the United States.
com)-- Retrotech, Inc, a specialist in the design, modernization and optimization of automated material handling equipment, has been named to the eighth-annual Food Logistics 100 list.
com)-- Retrotech, Inc a specialist in the modernization and optimization of automated material handling equipment will offer two free educational seminars in conjunction with the ProMat Show on Wednesday, March 23.