Retro computing survey
- Hello list!
I'm placing this cry for help here without being sure that this is really appropriate. If it this is not the appropriate place, please accept my apologies and feel free to remove this submission. Thank you!
For my thesis I'm doing a small survey about retro computing. I would like to know what the retro computer lovers do currently and what is their motivation for using old hardware and software. The survey can be completed in under 5 minutes and I'll be very grateful for every submission I receive. Any random comments, notes and stories are also very welcome.
The survey can be found on http://www2.informatik.hu-berlin.de/~hristov/en.html
Thank you very much!
>I will just say that your questions lack some understanding of what it was like to be a computer hobbyist in the 60 and 70's. Most people 45 or older's first computer experirence was with a homebrew system and/or the terminal interface to a mainframe. In the 60's-70's a computer meant something you built yourself, because that's all that was available. There were computers before 1977's Apple II believe it or not. The kitch retro "hey that's a cool 8-bit game" is totally different than the original hacker sprit that built the computer in the first place.
> The survey can be found on http://www2.informatik.hu-berlin.de/~hristov/en.html
> Thank you very much!
People like me find inspiration in the build your own computer mentality, I like to play games but it would be a heck of a lot easier to use an emulator for just that. The game you play for 20 minutes is what you do after you've spent 6 months to get the computer up and running.
- "billdeg" <billdeg@...> writes:
>>=20 > The survey can be found on...and some people built them without use of a kit at all!!! Having been
>http://www2.informatik.hu-berlin.de/~hristov/e= n.html >=20 > Thank you
>very much! >
>I will just say that your questions lack some understanding of what it
>was = like to be a computer hobbyist in the 60 and 70's. Most people 45
>or older= 's first computer experirence was with a homebrew system
>and/or the termina= l interface to a mainframe. In the 60's-70's a
>computer meant something y= ou built yourself, because that's all that
there, many computer enthusiasts of the time didn't have financial means
to obtain a computer and, instead, small clubs -- mine was school born --
were formed which purchased and or built computers that its members could
>There were compu= ters before 1977's Apple II believe itOh, say it isn't so. According to a time-line banner that ensconced my
son's grade school room's walls many years ago, Bill Gates invented the
computer in 1982! 8)