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 for retrocomputing
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  retrocomputing
   /ret'?roh?k@m?pyoo'ting/, n.
  
      Refers to emulations of way-behind-the-state-of-the-art hardware or
      software, or implementations of never-was-state-of-the-art; esp. 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.
  
      A tasty selection of retrocomputing programs are made available at the
      Retrocomputing Museum, http://www.catb.org/retro/.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  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.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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