Intros are hard for me. But, let me try.
I'm AeSix (my online handle since around '98 when I changed it from Ae6, which I had used since '96) My real name is Jeremy. I used to run a Minecraft network with my wife, have worked in the tech and IT fields since '02. I've recently gained both a great appreciation and interest in retro computing in the last few months. I've attempted to learn to program many times in my life, and as a child I learned some Apple BASIC in school, but have all but forgotten it - though, can one truly forget BASIC? I realized, watching The 8-Bit Guy, and some others what my problem has been. I understand programming in Assembly, BASIC and other low level languages on 8 bit architectures way better than I do any compiled langs. I don't know /how/ to program, but low level stuff just makes a LOT more sense to me than C, Java, Python, etc.
I do find myself to be a pretty decent Sys Admin though, having run 16 different Minecraft servers, 3 web servers, Proxying gateways, databases, and various server software - all concurrently, and by myself. Managing a community of several hundred members, with the loudest of them being obnoxious, unappreciative and troublesome, even with a team of staff, became frustrating. Then, early 2021, the burn-out hit hard and we spun down the servers. For almost a year I did very little in the way of using a computer at all much less doing any sys admin work. It's been refreshing! That's led to a lot of extra time on my hands to do an immense amount of very important things... like watching all of The 8-Bit Guy videos... >_>
I've also been watching many YT videos of 6502 and other 8-bit CPU and microcontroller programming, especially Dave's Garage. So much so that my wife, a bona fide developer, has became interested in getting an Arduino to play around with. Win! I also got her to test out the X16 emulator, where she became interested in that as well. Soooo, we've been waiting patiently for the X16 to be purchasable!
I figured I've been watching this community from outside for long enough, and have decided to join the forums.