Scor­pio News


January–March 1987 – Volume 1. Issue 1

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is still a viable proposition, provided that it is a bare Boned, and given some cooperation from extating copyright holdere to provide (or : ion for) sofeware modifications which allow exieting users to carry forward most of their existing software and firmware investment. How about 1e Gemint and Luces?

My final appeal ie that the final issues of 60-BUS News should be spent on much hardware/toftware information as can be contained between their covers, Since this is the last opportunity, leaving no spare room for humorous anecdotes = the world’s a funny enough place already.

Yours faithfully, Bert Martin.

P.8. How about. and’ addres

king all subscribers if chey would Like « full Lise of ai

DAVID MNT’s_REPLY May 1986 Dear Mr Martin,

Thank you for your Letter, it’s deen passed to me by Paul, probably because he thinks Imay be able to give « more objective anewer, drawing on ay wider experience of the home computer business, covering scenes from behind the shop Counter, playing at design engineer (what T’was originally trained aa) and at Supporter ‘of the home computer cause. I have not confined my discussion of Your Letter to the above but have alsa reread your Letter published in 80-805 vol 3 ised) page 6

I feel in general ag ee certainly benefited from the oviginal conception of the Nascom 2 and then through the ever grouing number of Gi these machines have grown in power and complexity, go 7 learned to come to terms with them, both in design and software implications This, tome, has been someching of an uphill struggle and has involved the Personal investment of many thousands of houes, not £0 say money in acquiring the machines in the first place. Ok, I did end up with a free Nascom 2 from the Company, but most of the rest has been purchased over the years at only a little bnore advantageous price than that paid by most ocher people

overall. for one nave Le through th Components

This investment in time and money Ls at Last paying off, a# I shall be starting # new Job in June which I can honestly say 18 directly attributable to the knowledge gained by close and diligent Learning from there aachina

Im 1977 T knew nothing about computers, they only taught me a about digital logic when I gained ay HNC in’the mid-sixties, and most of this Study was more applicable to buliding power stations than computers. Nascome were the start, followed by Geminis, and now (dare I eay it), IBMa, Vax 56000 machines like the Gemini Challenger and Prime ‘Iv has to be recogni that in che field of computing ee totedly self taught, witha iittle (but invaluable) help from feiends I have made slong the way. By the tine technica

Computers, of view of being sRugene. those offers down and continue to teach the RAE at Paddington College, aa altogether more sane occupation.)

Sa, yee 1 can agree that the early (and more recent machines) have deen of

rabre help tome, and I’m sure to many ochers. I feel it’s a bit strong, to claim these Benefits on behalf of the country #s @ whole, but tome, yen there have beon benefire

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