Couple more words on this.. "I do feel the hobby has changed. I haven't, which is why I don't post much here any more. When I started it was all people trying to restore and run the genuine old hardware. Now it seems there are a lot of emulators running on hardware I don't understand"
There are still plenty of enthusiastic, younger folks who are most definitely into running the "genuine old hardware" - it's just that this list hasn't traditionally offered much of a draw for these users. As noted, the list was formed by and for users of the classic-era 'big iron' gear, many of whom have simply succumbed to attrition in one form or another. To summarize, the future of a list like this is in the 8-bit (even 16-bit) "home computer" kids.. like myself. They are fond of CBM, Atari, Apple, BBC, TI, Timex-Sinclair, Osborne, Kaypro, Wang and so on. If the hobby is to remain alive, these folks need to be welcomed in.. On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM, j...@cimmeri.com <j...@cimmeri.com> wrote: > > > On 10/13/2016 12:46 PM, tony duell wrote: > >> Perhaps I am one of the lucky ones (for once). I started being interested >> in classic computers long before most people... >> >> ... >> >> I do feel the hobby has changed. I haven't, which is why I don't post >> much here any more. When I started it was all people trying to restore >> and run the genuine old hardware. Now it seems there are a lot of >> emulators running on hardware I don't understand. And add-ons to >> perfectly understandable and hackable machines using microcontrollers >> and FPGAs that you can't probe with a logic analyser. That sort of thing >> is what I got into classic computing to avoid, so I am not going to >> put such devices into my PDPs, etc. >> >> -tony >> > > Hear, hear! > > - J. > > >