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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. 

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On 1/30/2022 at 6:09 AM, AeSix said:

I figured I've been watching this community from outside for long enough, and have decided to join the forums.

Welcome inside! We all await the shipping of the X16, the question becomes how one passes the time 🙂

 

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Welcome to the retro fun!

I had a similar experience with burnout, specifically with game servers. For a while there, I was trying to maintain and admin over several different game servers at once, it went from being fun to being a chore pretty quickly. I spent far too much working on them instead of playing the games. So eventually, I shut it all down, and now I only host "on-the-spot" servers for close family when we feel the need to play something together,  like Minecraft, Ark: Survival Evolved, or any other game that has a standalone dedicated server option. These I host locally on my makeshift home server, so much easier, and it's only one at a time.

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