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Hello, My name is David and I am a Geek
« on: May 16, 2015, 05:27:37 PM »

My name is David and I found out about the RCM via the article in April 2015 issue of PC Pro magazine.  I could not believe my luck when I found out they were only 15 minutes away from my home.  The first Sunday I was free I wanted to go and visit, I found out they were closed due an event – ARRRRGH!  Where was this event? Oh, it’s only 20 minutes from home at the Abbey Pumping station here in Leicester – YEAAY!

My poor wife then spend hours by herself wandering around Abbey Pumping station while I sat gleefully trying to remember the code for a 1K game of Dodge the Asteroid on the ZX81 that I wrote when I was about eleven. I was in geek heaven!

I remember saying the words ‘Oh wow! I will never run out of memory again’ when I got the 16K RAM pack for the Sinclair ZX81, many, many years ago.  Since then I been lucky enough to own a 48K Sinclair ZX Spectrum, a 32K Acorn BBC model B, a 2MB Acorn A3000 and an Acorn Pocket Book which saw me through my Computer Science degree.  Since then I’ve had series of hand build PCs while I worked as a computer field service engineer, but never done any serious programming since writing Tetris on the Acorn Pocket Book (before discovering that Nintendo owns the rights to the game on any hand-held format).

Obviously I’m not all that bright because as soon as I buy myself a loyalty discount card for the RCM, I then go and become a volunteer.  Yes that’s right, I’ve paid for the privilege of working for free for the RCM.  Who am I kidding? This is great! They are now talking about putting me up in hotels so I can go to the sort of events I used to pay to get into, just so I can talk to people about how much fun these old computers were to program and play games on.

Are there support groups for people like me where we can go and say ‘Hello, my name is David, and I am a Geek!’?  Well I think I have found one, it’s call the Retro Computer Museum.

David ‘The Juggler’ Cooper

P.S. In case you’re wondering what my wonderful wife thinks of all this? To quote her ‘… at least he’s going out occasionally to be with his own kind …’ because let's face it if I wasn't at work or the RCM I'd probably be at home trying to build up my rank on Elite Dangerous just like I did 30 years ago the original BBC B version.
Elite since 1987 on the BBC B, so why does Elite Dangerous on my PC say I'm only Deadly?

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Re: Hello, My name is David and I am a Geek
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2015, 01:10:25 PM »
Welcome David,

I look forward to seeing you at RCM sometime.


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Re: Hello, My name is David and I am a Geek
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2015, 05:18:48 PM »
Welcome David . . . I know from your input on Sunday that you are already a firm member of the team.
Thank you for your support so far - look forward to working with you at some of our external events too.

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