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20 September 2018

Hands up everyone who remembers when the only choices available for PC graphics were CGA and the Hercules card?

Yes, that's going back (quite) a few years so you'd expect things to have changed somewhat in the meantime -- and they have.

Way back in the IBM-PC/clone days, graphics choices were very simple -- you had really crappy 320x240 "colour" graphics or a higher resolution of monochrome.

The cards themselves were quite simple affairs... a simple array of logic gates which simply allowed memory bits to be set/reset by the computer's CPU whilst they were also read in sequence so as to create the video signal that was sent to the display monitor.

Very simple, very cheap and very crappy in terms of performance and features.

Let's compare those halcyon days of old with the situation today

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Forums are up!

Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.

Stay tuned!

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