the life & times of 06-ALA01-0006180
If you would like to know any more about my Acorn Electron setup, or have any general questions about the Electron, I will do my best to help!
My name is Stuart Johns and you can contact me by email.
If you do visit the StarDot forum, I am on there as aerworuld ;-)
The picture above (digitised using Image2BBC on my PC and then transferred across to the Electron using the UPURS suite) shows my lovely wife and I; without her patience and understanding I don't think my retro hobby would get much attention! Our two boys have got the 'retro' bug too - they have an Elk in their bedroom which gets almost as much attention as their PS3 ;-)
I was given my Electron for Christmas, 1983, when I was nine years old. Here's a picture of my brother and my father helping me get to grips with it, that first day!
Vast amounts of time were spenty playing games & typing in listings for programs from Electron User.
The Elk remained in the original setup throughout the 80's, with just a Radio Shack cassette deck and Commander 3 joystick interface, though there were many peripherals I had my eye on, Now, decades on, I have begun to build up the hardware collection, though some items are very hard to find!
Like many kids of the 80's, I have fond memories of evenings spent playing Elite with my brother, Nigel Johns. He passed away in 2002 and I would like this website to be dedicated to him.
Through patiently watching eBay and with the help of friends on StarDot, I have managed to build up my Electron setup to the point where I am almost happy to call it complete. I know there are lots more Electron peripherals out there, but my Elk does pretty much everything I want now. There is a project I still have not yet completed though: the hosting on my Electron of a dial-in BBS; I have all the necessary hardware now but am struggling with the BBS hosting software. See the list later in this page of the items I am still searching for.
If you have a retrocomputing site, please consider adding a link to my site; I would be happy to reciprocate!
"… and I did all day, oblivious to the real world around me.In two short days I had changed from an almost normal guy into a computer nerd and a text adventure addict!"