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.:phones in the desert

by on Oct.05, 2018, under Other

Just a link…and a pic…

http://www.santafeghostandhistorytours.com/MOJAVEPHONEBOOTH.html
http://www.santafeghostandhistorytours.com/MOJAVEPHONEBOOTH.html
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.: big bang theory

by on Jun.25, 2018, under Other

as we approach the month of extreme sunburn, fireworks and hangovers, i will be approaching all of you with something new. at this point the most i am going to say is that there will be a new/parallel domain name, push to get the forums more active and a reveal of the hard work i have been doing research wise on many fronts. the past few months have been relatively bountiful, but it has also been about me being a bit more focused on this project than i have been in quite some time. i don’t really see much communication from people showing interest in 8bu directly, but there are signs in many places that lead me to believe that my words and efforts truly are getting to the hearts and minds of a few people.

regardless of interest from others – visible or not – its way past that now. this has become bigger than me needing to see that others are interested. if nothing else this site and its resources have become my personal notebook. a way to keep a past that i treasure alive and kicking.

as time progresses, we get further and further away from dial tone and in-band signalling…. as time does progress, I will regress.

light fuse and get far, far away.

.: 8bitunderground (elite)

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.: 5/25/2018

by on May.25, 2018, under Other

Welcome to May, 2018…

While the blog has (somehow) remained up without any maintenance or updates I have slowly but surely continued to collect items to share with my millions of fans who share my interest in all things underground as they relate to old school computing and the 80’s and 90’s in general. I’ve found several vintage telephone Facebook groups as well as web sites that cater to our interest. I will be updating the forums this very evening and before the end of the weekend intend on launching an advertising campaign for the blog and forums/file archive. That being said, I am pondering putting everything I’ve got up on FTP for possible public consumption. Not positive on that yet but most certainly will be making everything available to those who have forum accounts and contribute (post/call ratio, you see?) :).

I will also promise that the blog will get a weekly update from this point forward. I’ve dropped off some baggage in my personal life and this hobby doesn’t compete with so many others now so there is a bit more time to enjoy and contribute.

As always thanks for visiting and please continue to do so as well as spread the word that The Dark Side of Yesterday has returned..

.: 8bitunderground (elite)

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.: 2017

by on Jul.27, 2017, under Other

Welcome to the future..

We haven’t died.. We’ve just been on life support for a while. We’re on the thaw and things will soon be at 98 degrees again.

Xenforo forums will be replacing the blog you have grown used to very soon.

ph33r.

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.: bulk user deletion

by on May.14, 2016, under Other

2341E24000000578-0-image-3_1416293066850My apologies to the few users who were legitimate – but I had 6000 users and I’m pretty sure about 2 or 3 were legit so I bulk deleted.. Please re-create your user and make sure you post at least one item so I can filter you out if this occurs again…

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.: when pigs fly…

by on May.11, 2016, under Other

Things ha:flying pigppen in life. Mine has been a roller coaster of ups and downs and mostly self-inflicted damages that have often been difficult to recover from. Recover we do though (or we die – and that may happen later..) and this post is evidence of a bit of recovery.

8bitunderground is once again back.. I have been collecting hardware again and have new plans for some of the plans I already had… Plans within plans as they say.

Not really sure I want to run any forums this time.. I think the niche of this blog is such that full blown forums will always be overkill. I will be a bit more chatty this time though and I’m not sure I want to litter the blog with random blabbering or not. So we shall see in the coming days/weeks if there is a go between that I could connect to the blog and allow for a bit more 2way discussion than the blog allows for now – and also without cluttering the important stuff.

That’s all for now – but not for long.

 

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.: still here

by on Feb.16, 2012, under Other

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I will have some things to share shortly – as always life has gotten busy.. Hang in there if you are going through the same stresses I am. Hopefully it will get better, or maybe I will meet you at the ledge and we can talk each other down to have a beer?

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.: spring is near

by on Feb.27, 2011, under Other

Tell me why I have to be a powerslave.

I really didn’t mean for the entire dead of winter to pass without making a post to this blog.

Really.

I apologize for 1/3 of the content here consisting of my apologies for a lack of posting. I have kept this domain for another year as I have every intention of continuing down the path of documenting the underground of yesterday but it seems like as I get older the more things that are trying to pull for equal access to my time.

Work and my side work has been claiming my time more than anything else. Stress has been fairly high lately and there have been a few other things going on as well. Additionally, I have decided that collecting 8bit gear isn’t really something conducive to me freeing up time and (more importantly) paying off my bills on the quest towards being debt free. With that said, I will be getting rid of most of what I have accumulated other than things that will likely be placed on display in my office such as my Apple Cat acoustic coupler, my Atari 830 Acoustic Coupler, my GameLine Modem, etc. Going on the block will be my prized C128-D, several commodore monitors, several C128’s, about 4 Atari 1050’s, an Atari 800xl that’s been modified with additional RAM, and the list goes on.

This is not to say that I won’t be looking out for special items, nor that I might not build a c128 or c64 hardware system again sometime, but I just haven’t really found anything that I can’t do within an emulator as it pertains to my endeavors of documenting the underground of the 70’s and 80’s.

I may also abandon my pet project of coding my own software database – which I did in Adobe Flex. Its not really the most flexible language despite its name, and the fact that it cant hook into MS Access, SQL, or any other true database natively is just kind of stupid. The way I am adding things to the database now is one of the reasons the project has stalled a little bit. The work flow is just slow and tedious.

Anyways. I will leave “all of you” with that to chew on as you wait for a real update from me, which I promise before summer. 🙂

One nice thing was that I did recently get a comment from a reader stating that he enjoyed the blog. I really appreciate that, and it was something that really made me want to continue on with this site.

See you soon.. Get your sunglasses ready! Spring is right around the corner.

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.: merry Christmas 2010 / full circle.

by on Dec.23, 2010, under Other

So we sort of come full circle with this blog in a sense as I believe that it was Christmas of last year that I basically got it “started” even though I think we had a post or two prior to the Christmas 2009 post, it was really the one that got me feeling nostalgic and wanting to write about all of the things that I remembered from computing, phones, etc from my youth.

So my image above that I believe comes from the Atari Historical Society (full credit due to them – great site!!!) because the 2600 was the first Atari hardware that entered my house, and really started my love affair with Atari that still exists today.

As I watch my nephew grow up, I am somewhat sad that he won’t have the same feelings to look back on that I have today – but maybe it is a blessing in disguise as those feelings are so intensely happy that they are also pretty sad in the fact that they are gone.

With that said – I am going to enter 2011 with resolve to continue the blog, and likely get the forums back up and running as well. So look forward to more rambling late night after maybe a few too many vodka tonics or whiskey’s on ice and pouring out of my blue heart to all 3 of my readers about how much I miss the old days as I allow the present to just slip by.

Yep, I’ll be one of those who will complain about how quickly life passed me because I sat around and dwelled about an 8 year period or so and the smell of styrofoam and silica gel packets that I can still smell in my nose as if I had just unwrapped them from under the tree.

Merry Christmas – 2010.

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.: we’re still alive

by on Sep.19, 2010, under Other

just thought i would post a quick note that we are still alive and while I have closed the forums for now, the blog will remain open.

through the nearly year long existence of this blog, i’ve only received one piece of correspondence indicating that people actually visit and enjoy this site, so it was somewhat easy to let summer fun get in the way of posting articles for a little while. i do still have an interest in sharing my love for old underground computing with others who might enjoy reading it though, so this site will remain.

for those of you who do visit and enjoy the site i want to say thank you very much for making this site part of your life.

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