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!

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