I like old computers. Not the "My-dad-has-an-old-Pentium-he-doesn't-use-anymore" old but more of an "Oh-my-goodness-I-haven't-seen-one-of-those-since-I-was-a-kid" kind of old.
The earliest commercially sold home computer was released in 1971*, the same year as the first microprocessor. Over the next two decades the personal computer industry grew, flourished and withered leaving the bland, undifferentiated market we have today.
My self-assigned mission is to preserve as much of the computers and culture of this era as I reasonably can, with the ultimate goal of exhibiting these in some public forum.
* Actually, the first home computer is a matter of regular and heated debate. I picked the Kenback-1 in 1971 because a lot of good things happened in 1971.
My interests are:
- Vintage computers and computing history (Specialist topic "The Personal Computer Revolution")
- GNU/Linux, Free and Open source software - with a more recent interest in these on non-Intel architectures, particularly ARM (Specialist Topic: "How cool it was to have an almost entirely open source smartphone, and why it was doomed not to be")
- Info Sec (Specialist topic: "Damn we're all bad at security and risk decisions, and some humble suggestions that might help")
- Motorcycles (Specialist topic: "What a drama it was owning an Italian motorcycle, what a relief it was to get rid of it, and why I got another one 5 years later anyway."