What is the point of still using 8bit computers for fun?

Greetings dear readers;

I have had a penchant for going back and visiting those “golden years” of personal computing, and longing to sit back down at one of my old 6502 computers (of which I have two, an Apple ][e and an Apple][c).

Or even one of my older machines that sit in my stuff bins. Fire any of those things up, and get transported back to the late 70’s early 80’s… where life was simpler (you think?) and computers were springing up all over the place.

And then you remember that it would take an unreal amount of time to do literally anything on those machines. For the Apple ][e, it doesn’t have an Apple floppy drive, and I don’t have any media that I could ‘boot up’. So if I want to run a program on it, I have to key it in… One line of basic at a time.  I do have an apple ][ basic reference manual.

But the past is dusty and old, and simply SLOW.  I remember longing for the day when computers would become faster. And as we move to my 40th High School reunion in 5 years, it’s time to put the older antique computers away in storage, or try to sell them online.

I love technology as a whole, and having to let go of the simple old stuff can be emotionally difficult. But there are always sites on the internet that will have pictures and the specifications of the machines, as well as personal stories of their use.

Here’s some links to 8-bit computing history.

Personal Computer History: The First 25 Years

http://www.history.com/topics/inventions/invention-of-the-pc

And if you want to see pictures of large computers used throughout the early half of the previous century, surf to here:

http://www.computerhistory.org/timeline/computers/

But 8-bit may be experiencing some kind of comeback:

http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/embedded-insights/4440832/8-bit-isn-t-dying–it-s-growing

The IoT and the return of 8-bit computing

The coolest thing that takes me back to the early years, is using Linux, or Unix, or Unix-like operating systems. I totally dig using a CLI rather than GUI.

Keep on trucking!

Happily cruising my mid-life crisis.

Hello dear readers,

I think I’m going through my mid-life crisis.

It isn’t really a mid-life crisis in terms of me trying to retain/regain my youth, that’s not an issue for me, that boat has sailed. My crisis is that I haven’t completed the technical projects that my mind has been proposing for many years.

I’ve made SOME progress. I have my home network wiring nearly 90% completed. I have acquired a cider block of IP addresses that I can use to put a server or what not directly onto the internet.

And the great thing is, I just took on another short term personal project.

My Eldest Son is talking about getting into Cyber Warfare in the Army. He is already a solider in the Army, which makes it infinitely easier. For his recent birthday I got him a new computer. A shiny black streamlined screamer of a machine. The Intel NUC Skull Canyon.

I’ve been spending a couple of days installing operating systems (Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS). I have installed a copy of Sun’s Virtual Box software and nearly 10 different Linux/Unix ISOs for him to use and learn with. Also the ultimate in security and pen testing; Kali Linux.

I think it’s cool my Son wants to get into my field, a very promising and growing field it is.

For myself, I have Linux+, Cloud+, and VMware VCP certifications on the horizon. So I am going to be busy, which is a great thing.

I will be documenting my progress and any observations I have.

I’m most happy when I can get 5 hours learning a new thing a week, 1 short hour a day. Be it reading or a hands-on project, that’s what makes my heart sing.