Welcome! I hate it when people younger than me have way more experience. You
will fit right in.
--- Bob Applegate <bob@...> wrote:
> This might be a repeat... having problems with the mail system here at
> work, so I'll resend this through my home machine instead...
> Since there was some interest in who the lurkers are, I'll toss in some
> I got involved with microcomputers in 1976 (age 13) via an article in QST
> (ham radio). Mom let me buy my first computer, a KIM-1, in 1978. Until
> then, I furiously read and re-read issues of Dr Dobb's Journal, many of
> which are still in my basement. I published several articles as a 17 year
> old in Micro about porting Tiny PILOT to the KIM. After the KIM, I moved
> to an OSI SuperBoard. That was followed by an Atari 800 (with disk
> drives... woohooo!), Apple II, etc.
> Started working at Franklin Computer as a software engineer in 1982
> at age 19. While there, I acquired more Ataris, several prototype Franklin
> machines that were never produced, a Ferguson Big Board, an IBM
> System 3 (yeah, a real beast), some Franklin production machines, an
> S-100 box, etc.
> Around 1985 I lost my interest in old computers and got rid of almost
> everything not current/fun. At the time, I subscribed to Micro
> Cornucopia (have most in the basement) and ended up selling my
> Ferguson Big-Board to the publisher (Dave something). It was packed
> into an ACE-100 case that I'd die to have again (still have one of the
> very early motherboards).
> I also got rid of my collection of PDP-11 machines. The first computer I
> ever used was a PDP-11/45 that a friend got me access to when he was
> a grad student at Princeton, so PDP-11s have always meant a lot to me.
> My very first program (computing area of a square) is hanging on my
> wall, printed from an old teletype machine at Princeton.
> Now I'm slowly collecting some odd Franklin machines, helping other
> Franklin collectors find the rare prototypes, and once again have a KIM-1
> in the basement. Having always been fascinated by Tiny Basic, I contacted
> Tom Pittman and got the code. He lost the source, so I disassembled the
> 6502 version and re-commented it, then sent him source. He assisted in
> commenting some of the sections I wasn't sure about. Slowly, I'm making
> some expansion boards for myself and a few others with bare KIMs
> looking to add some more memory, I/O, etc.
> I also have some old Atari 800s that my son enjoys playing games on, but
> that's about all the retro stuff I currently have.
> I had a great time at TCF talking to the fellow who collects OSI machines.
> In the picture on the MARCH page on Yahoo, I'm in the upper right,
> wearing a tan jacket talking to the OSI fellow with the red shirt on.
> FWIW, I missed the first two, but attended every TCF until they moved
> to Edison. This year I went back to Trenton and had a great time... the
> MARCH exhibit was a lot of fun!
> Bob - K2UT
- Ah... A fellow HAM...
Jeff - K1TUX
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Bob Applegate" <bob@a...> wrote:
> Bob - K2UT