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There's gold in old

29 August 2016

I suspect that many of the folk who are reading this were early-adopters in the area of personal computing.

In previous columns, I've recounted my long history of involvement in the microcomputer world and detailed the early hardware I either built or bought starting way back in the late 1970s.

I still fondly recall the many hours I spent browsing through the Signetics 2650 programming manual, trying to make sense of the myriad of instructions, addressing, indexing and auto increment/decrement modes this processor offered.

It was a large book with a relatively stark white cover and what seemed like a sea of pages filled with stuff that was decidedly cryptic to an old-school analog tech like myself. I actually found an HTML version of the manual for those who want to take a look.

Ah... those were the days when only real men could make sense of this stuff!

Sadly, I tossed all of my old gear when carrying out the "if you haven't used it in the past two years, get rid of it" cleanup strategy a long time ago. It's now just a memory.

However, those folk who haven't been so ruthless could be sitting on a gold-mine because it seems that early micro stuff is becoming increasingly valuable.

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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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