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Old school tech and retro gaming enthusiast, husband, father, and geek!


First Computer: Texas Instruments TI-99/4A. This is the system that got me started!

Favorite "BASIC" Computer: Commodore 64. The computer that dominated my 1980's life.

Favorite "DOS" Computer: Tandy 1000. With my two favorites being the HX (all-in-one) and TX models.

First Console: My first was an Atari 2600, but my father had a Magnavox Odyssey. I started on the Odyssey, but my parents got the 2600 in 1979 for me for Christmas.

Favorite Console: To be honest, I consider most all the 8/16-bit consoles as favorites. However, I can narrow it down to a top 3. The NES, Turbografx 16/Turbo CD, and Sega Genesis/Sega CD. The NES was the first console that truly amazed me. The TG-16 and it's CD add-on hooked me next, and  lastly the Sega Genesis and it's CD add-on wowed me by being so different than Nintendo in it's visuals, sound, and game offerings. Though I obviously loved the SNES as well!

Current Hardware: Custom Ryzen 5600X based Windows 10 "Gaming" PC. Custom FX-8350 based Windows server. Raspberry Pi B+, 3B+(x3), Zero W, and 4B 8GB.

Where I Play: https://steamcommunity.com/id/trstrider/

I built my first "modern" PC during the 80386 era, and have not bought an off-the-shelf PC since then. I like to "tinker" and build, I always have. I also enjoy messing around with Arduino and Raspberry Pi and seeing what I can get them to do. I don't own any of my old hardware anymore, and do everything via emulation, I just don't have the time or space for it all. The Commander X16 is the ONE system I am making an exception for.

I'm more of an electronics and hardware enthusiast than a coder, my programming skills are VERY limited. I can read and fuddle my way through many things, but not do it on my own. However, I am in the process of trying to learn C/C++ basics for Arduino. I left my "programming" skills back in the 1980's with BASIC. haha

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