Looking for 8-bit computer designers

Philippe Verdy via Unicode unicode at unicode.org
Wed Jun 14 16:31:09 CDT 2017

These old platforms still have their fans which are easily found on socail
networks. There's even an active market of designs and extensions with new
products being made by them, and sold online. Some Fablabs are using them
because of the ease they can be modified/tweaked. The Commodire 64 platform
for example is very active and work on various character set designs and
implemetnaiton of emulated graphics using characters as fill patterns. Some
of their creations are very artistic, and frequently combine siplays and
computer-generated music; they frequently develop new hardware as well.
What they are doing is almost what inventors of early Apple II did in their
garage: they built a giant and solid company from this.
What they show is that despite of the limitaiton of the display and even
with small resolution and minimum color capabilities, they can create
beautiful things.
The same can be saif about the old Amiga, PET, Atari, Sinclar personal
computers. They are no longer built by their initial companies, but they
are rebuilt, thanks to 3D printing, fablabs, CAD softwares, and the
traditional electronic devices, but better and more innovatively with new
Even their old games are now being ported on current computers, there are
tons of emulators working remarkably well, and gamers like the simplicy of
these old addictive games.

2017-05-30 17:50 GMT+02:00 Doug Ewell via Unicode <unicode at unicode.org>:

> Not as OT as it might seem:
> If there are any engineers or designers on this list who worked on 8-bit
> and early 16-bit legacy computers (Apple II, Atari, Commodore, Tandy,
> etc.), and especially on character set design for these machines, please
> contact me privately at <doug at ewellic dot org>. Any desired degree of
> anonymity and confidentiality will be honored.
> --
> Doug Ewell | Thornton, CO, US | ewellic.org
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