Change in computers as a hobbiest... 2835
Actually, if I had started in 1988, I likely wouldn't have started at all. To me the "glory days" were the mid to late 1970's. Once the original Apple II and TRS-80 came out, it rapidly went downhill IMHO. The IBM PC a few years later just put the nails in the coffin. I define computer history as anything pre IBM PC. Anything since is just an application :-)
Change in computers as a hobbiest... 2836
Jukka Aho Well, it was not "built from scratch". I bought a video card kit. This was a single printed circuit card which contained a uart chip, some static memory chips, two 5x7...
How about the Rochester Area Microcomputer Society's first BBS. It ran from EPROM and its total storage was one Northstar floppy disk. It was put together from donated parts in a "BYTE-8" chbuttis using the original Hayes S100 card modem. Again the late 1970's and I connected to it using acoustic coupler 103A modems. This all operated at a blinding 30 CPS unless you were using a real teletype which limited you to 10 CPS. I still have a couple of these acoustic couplers around here as well as my home brew video terminal with its 64 character by 16 line display. Interestingly I just recently found out that a local old computer collector has that BYTE-8 chbuttis and its contents. I verified for him that yes indeed it was the original RAMS BBS.
Now that's real hobby computing :-)
Change in computers as a hobbiest... 2837
How different we can perceive things. I was spoilt by having early access to Tops20, Primos and micros. Early in this respect is 1976 for...
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