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, or by using the Contact Form below.
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 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!"