Artisanal “new-retro” computers

Tuesday 22nd February, 2022 - Bruce Sterling

It’s a tough time in electronics manufacturing, especially for small outfits. The Great Semiconductor Shortage is driving up the cost of components—if they can be found at all. But Stefany Allaire has not been deterred, delivering products and developing new ones for her dedicated community of customers. Allaire runs Feonix Retro Systems, which caters to the “new retro” market, an emerging niche in retrocomputing that involves going beyond restoring, modding, or replicating old computers. New-retro machines remix old technologies with the modern, creating original systems that strive to retain the essential characteristics of classic computers, such as simplicity and transparency….