This thread of early Byte Magazine covers
This one in particular
X-wing and TIE fighter drawn with programmable characters, not bitmap graphics, May 1978
1980 West Coast Computer Faire
"Sharp's new PC-1210 pocket computer, price $298. The main processor unit, which can run Tiny BASIC programs up to 400 bytes long, is shown being plugged into the cassette interface. A new version, the PC-1211, is due out next month; it will have a capacity of 1424 bytes of user memory."
AN UPGRADE TO 1.4 KILOBYTES OF RAM COULD YOU IMAGINE THE SHEER POWER
I remember this listing! It probably informed my own terrible BASIC adventure games circa 198x
"The room is dominated by a massive oak bed" yep that's why I thought that's how you had to write room descriptions
I don't want 1980s 8-bit microcomputing back. I don't even want the 1980s 8-bit microcomputing subculture back.
I want the future that I thought that subculture would lead to.
A world where we used technology to improve ourselves, improve our world, and share the results fairly with everyone.
And not as a battering ram to smash down other people's doors and take all their stuff.
@natecull Seems like the reason we didn't get this future is that the beacon was "improved" - i.e. the subculture changed to attract more participants at the cost of its core values, rather than the hoped-for outcome of the world changing to adopt those core values on a larger scale. Maybe inevitable given the general death of subcultures during the same time frame. http://benjaminrosshoffman.com/construction-beacons/
<< From the sociopaths’ perspective, the geeks were inexplicably donating their time and energy to discovering a new signal to broadcast, that would attract a pool of MOPs to feed on. But the geeks were - again incomprehensibly - neither exploiting nor defending that resource. >>
Yep, the age-old conflict between sales and engineering.
@mattskala hmm, on further reading this article I see this person likes LessWrong and ....
@mattskala 'LessWrong culture' just feels.... exhausting for me to watch Like a whole bunch of alien robots doing their best to try to understand humanity but they really don't have a clue what makes it tick. They're very passionate and intelligent but if you met one on the street they might be just as likely to put you on a table and cut you open as to shake your hand.
@mattskala That's certainly a valid response, but I'm just telling you how I feel about writing I see that emerges from this particular 'scene' of writers.
It has a.... smell to it, is the only way I can describe it. A pungent, chemical smell.
It is not an attractive smell to me and in fact it makes me run very very fast in the opposite direction.
@mattskala By which I mean: there is a kind of message being conveyed in it which scares me to my bone.
It's a sort of 'strong desire to improve humanity' without any sense that the people speaking understand what it is that they're trying to 'improve' or what even 'improving' would mean. But the hope that logic or maths would give them an answer.
It's a transhumanist kind of feeling, I think. And I deeply distrust transhumanism.
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