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.
> Hear, hear!
> - J.