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Thu, 07 Sept


Fourth Portal


The monthly meetup is for computing enthusiasts to exchange ideas, kit and talk all things computing. We have three more proper old skool retro computers, all working Plus the Tetris Terminator taking on all-comers on the big screen; she'll show no mercy! Free | Fun All ages very welcome.

Time & Location

07 Sept 2023, 19:00 – 21:30

Fourth Portal, 19 Royal Pier Rd, Gravesend DA12 2BD, UK

About the event

Third Homage to the Homebrew Computer Club

September's Computers

Atari 800XL:

Atari’s famous 8-bit home computer, the first consumer computer that had special chips dedicated to graphics and sound.

ZX Spectrum:

The famous home computer from Sinclair that led to a generation of bedroom coders and hundreds of games.

BBC Micro:

Acorn’s respected 8-bit computer built for the BBC’s Computer Literacy Project in 1982, and used in British schools. 

Tetris Terminator

Feel you are good at Tetris?

The Tetris Terminator will be in the house taking on all-comers in a winner-takes-all contest on the Fourth Portal big screen. 

No booking is required, just bravery and good grace as the Terminator destroys you at Tetris! :) - all in good fun of course :) 

Bring your own kit

You are welcome to bring along kit along or get in touch if there is something bigger to display.

No Rules: Come along as you please and relax.

  • The evening is free of charge and there is no expectation
  • Bring along anything you wish to show, demonstrate, exchange or sell
  • Playing against the Tetris Terminator is free and there are no prizes
  • No age minimum or limit, everyone is invited
  • No experience or understanding of math or how computers work is required
  • Plenty of games
  • If there is a demand, we might show a computer-inspired movie.

More on the Homebrew Computing Club below

Monthly Event

The Homebrew Computer Club (formed on 5 March 1975) was where Apple's Steve Jobs and Microsoft's Bill Gates first met!  Some of the most innovative minds in coding, engineering and design attended those monthly events. What they created we still use today.

In homage to that incredible gathering, the Fourth Portal will have a more modest event, bringing together those interested in computers in all their forms, from coding to 8-bit sound to circuit boards to AI and machine learning - in fact, anything computing.


The Homebrew Computer Club was an early computer hobbyist group in Menlo Park, California, which met from March 1975 to December 1986. The club had an influential role in the development of the microcomputer revolution and the rise of that aspect of the Silicon Valley information technology industrial complex.

Several high-profile hackers and computer entrepreneurs emerged from its ranks, including Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the founders of Apple Computer. With its newsletter and monthly meetings promoting an open exchange of ideas, the club has been described as "the crucible for an entire industry" as it pertains to personal computing. [1]

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Homage to the Homebrew Computer Club takes place every first Thursday of the month at the Fourth Portal, Gravesend, Kent.

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