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It's amazing how fast you can get back up to speed on something when you have an internet and search engines and emulators to test things in.

Having to reboot your development environment to try something out was a real pain in the 80s. You kids don't know how good you've got it ...

I'd like to point out here that if you're not familiar with the restrictions of the that stripe across the middle probably doesn't look like much of an achievement. Trust me, it's cool.

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As for me, I'm running this because communication technology interests me and I've been chatting to people around the world using 1s and 0s since about 1989.

I'm a professional . I've been working in the field for nearly 25 years and I've been reasonably competent at it for about 10.

I'm a big fan of the old SAGE code of and operate by it all the time when working, including my hobby projects like this one:

I hope we can all make some new friends here!

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Hey, I just wanted to say a quick to the recent Chinwag arrivals!

Chinwag's reason for existing is to provide communication tools for people, which is something I've always been interested in. I kind of target users, but welcome anyone from anywhere.

Please read our rules:

And our privacy policy:

There's a basic guide to using Chinwag Social here:

If you have any questions or concerns hit me up!

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I guess a new post is in order!

I'm Mike, I run lots of little services on the big, bad internet and they're mostly centered around , which I find is a pretty neat area.

Aside from that I'm into , , and - I run some open mic rooms in and dabble a little in standup myself.

Attached is a picture of my first ever appearance.

Here is a good article for Americans about what voting is like in Australia. We have a lot of fucked up things over here, but I think our voting system is definitely not one of them. :democracysausage:

It's finally here! v1.0 of Toot! has been officially released on the app store!

For those who have not been in on the beta test already, this is an Mastodon client for iOS, full of character and whimsy. It is multi-instance, multi-account, it is fast, it is comfortable and it is above all a lot of fun!

It has a strong focus on user experience, animation, and attention to detail, as well as being the best client for Mastodon around. Try it now!

Hey, and peeps - back in the day I remember doing my programming using the "Melbourne House Macro Assembler" which I believed to be a copy of MH's in-house tool. I can't find any sign now that it ever existed. Did it? Maybe a rebrand of something else?

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I notice with the latest updates to the Wordpress Ostatus plugins, things are a lot more readable when following via Mastodon now - and will probably benefit hugely from the 2.6 "Read more" updates when they land.

So I'm now confidently going to mention that you can actually follow my blog here: @mike

It's not the ideal format but hey, whatever works for you.

This is my retro room, as of a year ago. Things are rather less tidy now. We have here two BBC Micros and a BBC Master, a Sony 5" black and white TV and a monochrome green-phospher monitor, a Z80 second processor cheesewedge (Acorn being wizards back in the day). Also a Sinclair Scientific, a Psion 3 and a sliderule. And some modern gear.

And a few pixels of a Pi-based or FPGA-based second processor too.

#retrocomputing #psion #sinclair #bbcmicro #acorn #sliderule #mos6502 #z80 #cheesewedge

I haven't been to a roleplaying convention in many, many years. My first, like many gamers in Melbourne, was Arcanacon. I think '86 or '87 was my entry point.

The con folded in 2015, but it looks like it's back from the dead for 2019!

So, it seems an American school served their students kangaroo meat, and now is frantically apologising.

I guess thoughts and prayers are in order? Poor dears.

I've been fighting against shoulder pain for the last couple of weeks that makes it difficult to sit and type for extended periods. Despite that, I reached about 90% done on my next blog post tonight and hope I can push the publish button tomorrow. 😁

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Projects I've thought about that I know I'll never get around to:

Fugeddit - a site that scrapes all links posted to Reddit, and presents them with a simplified view and easy buttons to share and offers no voting, comments or interaction of any kind.

IBM RS/6000, also known as that time i rented a forklift to get a computer home.

Please contribute to the "Mike has spent too much money on old computers" fund by removing one of my old computers from my collection.

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