> 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.
Actually, it wasn't. I have been a member almost from day 1, and my first question to the list founder (I think it was Selam) was 'Are minicomputers welcome on the list, or is it micros only?' > 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.. There are plenty of people who play the 8-bit home micro games they grew up playing, but many of them (at least the ones I know of) run them on a PC-based emulator not the real hardware. There are exceptions of course. -tony