|To you, the visitor of my web page, may I say you have
great taste, since you have already visited my fantabulous website.
You now probably want to no more about me and my experience with
computing. so enough of my insane ramblings and no falling asleep
at the back or I shall be forced to superglue matchsticks to your
I wish this silly blonde in the leftmost picture would stop
sticking her tongue in my ear it is effecting my concentration,
excuse me a moment... Oy, blonde totty, get your bloddy tongue
out of my ear, I have some serious machine code subrountines to
The webmaster began his committed relationship with computing
technology some twenty years ago in the early 1980's when he first
witnessessed the first computer in action; it was a BBC model B
computer with 32 kilobytes of RAM. It later led him to receiving
his first computer in 1986, a humble Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128k with
which he learnt BASIC (beginners all symbolic instruction code) and
some limited Z80 assembler programming, courtesy of OCP assembler
and a book by Rodney Zakks. However, you have also probably already
noticed that the webmaster is a huge Sinclair Spectrum fan by what
he has have placed on his home page.
I hold little interest in modern day computing. Since the demise
of the Sinclair Spectrum and Commodore Amiga, computing has become
all too commercial and I cannot be bothered keeping up with today's
developments. Gone are the days that the "bedroom" programmer who
could write his latest blockbuster game and earn £50,000 in
Then you have the nightmare of upgrading software drivers every
couple of months, because nowadays everyone writes bloated source
code, thanks to Bill Gates. Hence, the larger the program code, the
more chances of a developer introducing yet more software bugs.
It is for this sole reason that the webmaster looks back to the
years of Sir Clive Sinclair, and Jay Miner's wonderful Amiga. It is
this golden era when micro computing was truly a programmers hobby
and a joy to behold, unlike today's nonsense. Some 20 years on, and
I still find myself fiddling around with Amiga's and Sinclair
Spectrums both in real and emulated form even today. Their
wonderful little machines... If you wanna read about my *real*
Amiga 1200 project, you can click this link. It has been
modified with plenty of hardware hacking. I also use an Athlon
3800+ which is currently running WinUAE together with AmigaOS 3.9,
but I assure you I shall not be fiddling around with modern day
computing 20 years from now, because it frustrates the hell out of
As many Amiga / Linux programmers shall happily tell you, we are
experts in our field, who like to tinker and learn the inner
workings of our OS. We could be compared to the automobile mechanic
who tunes the combustion engine, but without the modern day
electronic crap that goes into modern day cars! We also wish to
install and remove programs by hand without an uninstaller.
Unfortunately, under Windows this is not really possible, since
software written for this operating system is designed for the
novice, who is indeed happy to rely on a badly written uninstall
program to remove segments of a previous installed application.
Never trust such installers/uninstallers, since you end up with
endless dregs of crap being left behind sitting in the Windows
registry. It is like entrusting ones soul to the devil.
Anyhow, my reason for building this page is because such
nostalgia has prompted me to put together my thought processes and
early recollections of early Sinclair and Commodore computing and
memorabelia into this web page to remind others of a bygone era
when microcomputing used to be fun. Despite the Amiga 1200's aging
technology this 14 year old slab of silcon brings me much happiness
and this entire webpage was coded on this prehistoric machine.
Still, it also clearly demonstrates what can be accomplished with a
little imagination, and creativity, when one wants to put their
mind to a dedicated task no matter how old the technology or the
hippy himself that continues to embrace it. Hopefully, my web page
provides you with the necessary influx in progressing you back to
the "golden days" of computing, and when most computer programmers
had long hair. Prior to this era, most people were at the Woodstock
festival watching Jimi Hendrix, getting free love, flower power and
lots of substances. Spare me a toke or two! Hey, way out man !
Jimmy was truly the king of electronic feedback and distortion and
the perfectionist of the wah wah peddle...
I have been beavering away for two years to put this page
together. It now stands at 23 megabytes, and consists of 455 html
files, and 2069 local html links. All that remains is I hope you
find many articles of interest, together with an insight into
1980's computing. The secret lies in a dash of humour, and my own
mix of satire for the ultimate formula.
Furthermore, why not also have a look around the 'Retro Museum' for some
interesting relics and information of some of my collections of old
micro's from a bygone era. Ah, those were the days...
On an end note, If you missed out on the early Amiga demo scene,
you really did miss out on a golden era; it combined the crux of
graphics artists, musicians and programmers of the early 1990's.
Shame on you, now go and stand at the back of the class. Further revision is available
here which includes my all time favourite top ten.
Best regards and I hope you enjoy your stay....