Retr0brite: Yellowing Computers Be Gone!

Retr0bright Commodore 64

The Commodore 64 experiment
(treated “Retr0bright” side is on the left!)

For those who still have an old “beige” computer that is no longer the clean color it once was, this is for you.

Many of those old computers were treated with flame retardant and with exposure to UV light, changed the color to that wonderful yellow that we see today. Well, a group of chemists, plastics engineers, and few Amiga fans have created a open-source “Oxy” cleaner for those yellow computers.

You can find out more at

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About Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is the IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He started at SMU in 1996 and, for much of his career at the University, had managed the SMU STAR Program before joining the Training & Communications Team in 2015. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family. You can see examples of when the two collide at
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