Being one of those people who never tends to throw anything out, over the years I’ve kept far too many receipts, printouts and old pieces of paper. Periodically I get the urge to purge, I’ll round up some related paperwork and scan it then shred it. Last weekend I found a bunch of receipts of my Amiga 1000 from 1986 onwards. Ouch. What a lot of money it seems! I wonder what happened to my old A1000, I can’t remember who I sold it to or how.
Browsing around from place to place, I happened upon http://www.experimentalstuff.com/. An amusing name for a whole bunch of material available from Sun.
Sitting around this evening I found a couple of good ‘ol fashioned demos that will run on my WinXP laptop. Made me all nostalgic for the Amiga and all those old demos that sometimes sort-of half-worked, because I never quite had the exact same A500 or A1200 as all the demo writers.
A brilliant machine — as has been said so many times, “Amiga built it, Commodore stuffed it up” … or maybe stronger words were used.
Sometime back in 1985 a friend of mine convinced me that I should scrape up the money and buy an Amiga, and somehow I managed to get a loan together and buy one. My first box of 3.5" floppy disks cost $95! This was at a time when the IBM PC-XTs were only starting to use 720k floppies, and the 1.
A sucker for punishment, having sunk a small fortune into my Amiga 1000 I ended up repeating the offence by buying an Amiga 4000.
Another brilliant piece of engineering, let down once again by Commodore, and destined to languish.
…unable to bring myself to part with it, it sits in boxes up in the attic, awaiting the day I get a round-tuit, nostalgic, and sufficient desk space to bring it downstairs and back to life.
I experiment. I play. I write and I take pictures. Some of the site is organised around topics, other parts are organized by date, then there’s always the cross-references between them.
Long ago it started as a learning experiment with a few static HTML pages, then I added a bit of server-side includes and some very ugly PHP. A hand-built journal/blog on top of that PHP, then a few experiments in moving to various static publishing systems. I’ve never wanted a database-based blogging engine, so over the years I’ve tried php, nanoblogger, emacs-muse, silkpage and docbook before settling on emacs org-mode for writing and jekyll for publishing. But the itch remained… I never really liked jekyll and the ruby underneath always seemed so much black magic. So now the latest incarnation is org-mode and hugo.