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Erik
May 25th, 2003, 09:14 AM
There is another topic that glances on these thoughts elsewhere, but I wanted a fresh look.

My question is this: How can we continue to grow our little community?

I've tried several things to get the word out and many of you are here because of those efforts. What other things can I (we) do to attract more users to these boards?

Any ideas are welcome.

Erik

CP/M User
May 26th, 2003, 10:48 PM
"Erik" wrote in message:

> There is another topic that glances on these thoughts
> elsewhere, but I wanted a fresh look.

> My question is this: How can we continue to grow our
> little community?

> I've tried several things to get the word out and many
> of you are here because of those efforts. What other
> things can I (we) do to attract more users to these boards?

> Any ideas are welcome.

Have you tried looking for simular messageboards on
the 'net?

Alternatively, I've sent an e-mail to an author of a
Jupiter Ace emulator (since this computer has no
newsgroup, he may know a group of people who
wish to express themselves about this machine). If I
do get the approate feedback then I'll let you know.

Cheers.

Erik
May 27th, 2003, 05:54 AM
Have you tried looking for simular messageboards on the 'net?

Honestly I haven't really found any that would apply. There's one over at Applefritter but beyond that I'm not aware of other message boards dedicated to vintage computing.

If you spot any, please let me know.

Erik

CP/M User
May 27th, 2003, 01:33 PM
"Erik" wrote in message:

>>Have you tried looking for simular messageboards on the 'net?

> Honestly I haven't really found any that would apply. There's
> one over at Applefritter but beyond that I'm not aware of other
> message boards dedicated to vintage computing.

Oh no, I haven't quite seen other message boards dedicated to
vintage computing. I was referning to any which might deal in
a Vintage computer in particular.

> If you spot any, please let me know.

Someone has setup one for the Amstrad computers called CPCNG
I think, unfortunately I don't know the URL. :-(

I was just thinking that perhaps there are others who might have
setup something for their vintage machine.

I still haven't heard anything back from the author of ACE32 -
a Jupiter ACE emulator, but hopefully I might. If one person
wrote an decent little emulator then there must be some
interest in this machine.

Cheers.

CP/M User
May 27th, 2003, 10:14 PM
"CP/M User" wrote in message:

> I was just thinking that perhaps there are others who
> might have setup something for their vintage machine.

> I still haven't heard anything back from the author of ACE32 -
> a Jupiter ACE emulator, but hopefully I might. If one person
> wrote an decent little emulator then there must be some
> interest in this machine.

Still no news from the Author of this emulator or if indeed he
knows of any interested groups at all (he may not respond),
then again he might just take a while to respond to his
e-mails. The his e-mail is still valid, which is a good sign I
suppose & his site for the Emulator & FAQ is too.

In addition to this I have posted a message around some
possible places where interest for the Jupiter Ace maybe.
This newsgroups include comp.emulators.misc (a long shot
but maybe a couple of people have used it there & liked it
enough to use it a bit), comp.lang.forth (the Jupiter Aces
main language), comp.os.msdos.apps (this is probably a
bigger long shot than comp.emulators.misc - but it is an
DOS application!) & comp.sys.sinclair (the machine itself
was built by two former Sinclair Employees so there maybe
some interest there as well, however they may even hate
the machine for which I'm speaking of, but still it's
something).

Cheers.

Erik
May 28th, 2003, 05:48 AM
Thanks for the help! :)

I've been bumping some of the sites I requested links at that haven't responded. Many webmasters out there seem to have "finished" their sites and aren't doing too many updates, but it's worth a shot.

I also found one or two other topic-specific message boards and posted an invitation on them.

Either way, people are coming and coming back. This community is already growing and should continue to do so!

Any help is still appreciated!

Erik

CP/M User
May 29th, 2003, 02:18 AM
"Erik" wrote in message:

> Thanks for the help! :)

That's okay. It's just been buggying me to the fact that a
computer like the Jupiter Ace has no newsgroup/
messageboard for it. I've had a couple of replys from
people in newsgroups I've mentioned, but generally it
may take someone like myself to get some interest back
into that computer.
I have one simple Forth program which works for the
Jupiter Ace (from a book), but some of the other Forth
Programs I have don't seem to work since it's based
from a different Forth compiler (aaauuuuggghhh!!!).

I'd also need some books/magazines which have
programs (for this machine).

But generally, I'll post to my thread in those
newsgroups (mentioned above) letting them know
about this messageboard (if you like) - if not I'll
let you handle it!

> I've been bumping some of the sites I requested links at
> that haven't responded. Many webmasters out there
> seem to have "finished" their sites and aren't doing too
> many updates, but it's worth a shot.

Since one of your areas to this group is CP/M then perhaps
going to these sites listed here:
http://directory.google.com/Top/Computers/Software/Operating_Systems/CPM/
may help. Check out the ones with links. I can tell you that
John Elliott's CP/M Main Page, The Unofficial CP/M Website,
The CP/M-86 Software Repository & CP/M Center has them.
Unfortunately I don't quite know how the Google thing works
in order to get into certain directories in it. For instance CP/M
is one thing, Apple, Atari & other various computers another.
So unfortunately getting yourself into the Apple directory in
Google & the CP/M directory isn't something I know too much
about.

> I also found one or two other topic-specific message boards
> and posted an invitation on them.

None for the Jupiter Ace is there?

> Either way, people are coming and coming back. This
> community is already growing and should continue to do so!

> Any help is still appreciated!

Ditto. I just think it would be great to get this machine back
on the map in some shape or form. Maybe I should put a
wanted any books or magazine related to Jupiter Ace into
that area, but it highly remote that anyone might have any :-(

Cheers.

Erik
May 29th, 2003, 06:05 AM
But generally, I'll post to my thread in those
newsgroups (mentioned above) letting them know
about this messageboard (if you like) - if not I'll
let you handle it!

Please feel free to spread the word about the VC Forum. Anything we can do to attract others interested in our hobby will help us all in the end.


Since one of your areas to this group is CP/M then perhaps going to these sites listed here:
http://directory.google.com/Top/Computers/Software/Operating_Systems/CPM/
may help. Check out the ones with links. I can tell you that
John Elliott's CP/M Main Page, The Unofficial CP/M Website,
The CP/M-86 Software Repository & CP/M Center has them.

I'll take a look at some of those sites and see if I can talk the webmasters into linking to here. Thanks!


Unfortunately I don't quite know how the Google thing works in order to get into certain directories in it. For instance CP/M
is one thing, Apple, Atari & other various computers another.
So unfortunately getting yourself into the Apple directory in
Google & the CP/M directory isn't something I know too much
about.

I'm not too sure how it all works either, but my collection site does fall near the top of Google searches for many of the machines that I own, even the more common ones.


None for the Jupiter Ace is there?

Not that I could find.

Thanks again!

Erik

CP/M User
May 30th, 2003, 04:53 AM
"Erik" wrote in message:

>> But generally, I'll post to my thread in those
>> newsgroups (mentioned above) letting them know
>> about this messageboard (if you like) - if not I'll
>> let you handle it!

> Please feel free to spread the word about the VC Forum.
> Anything we can do to attract others interested in our
> hobby will help us all in the end.

Thanks.

>> Since one of your areas to this group is CP/M then
>> perhaps going to these sites listed here:
>> Google Directory snipped! :-)
>> may help. Check out the ones with links. I can tell you that
>> John Elliott's CP/M Main Page, The Unofficial CP/M
>> Website, The CP/M-86 Software Repository & CP/M Center
>> has them.

> I'll take a look at some of those sites and see if I can
> talk the webmasters into linking to here. Thanks!

Well of course that's just one thing! There is piles &
piles of sites out there dealing with Vintage Systems
alone. The Amstrad computer has quite a few on their
own & dare I say so would C64s!

>> Unfortunately I don't quite know how the Google thing
>> works in order to get into certain directories in it. For
>> instance CP/M is one thing, Apple, Atari & other
>> various computers another.
>> So unfortunately getting yourself into the Apple directory in
>> Google & the CP/M directory isn't something I know too much
>> about.

> I'm not too sure how it all works either, but my collection site
> does fall near the top of Google searches for many of the
> machines that I own, even the more common ones.

>> None for the Jupiter Ace is there?

> Not that I could find.

A few webpages, apart from the emulator sites most (I think)
talk about the machine, rather than producing software for the
machine. My article (posted in the 'Other' section), seems to
some cheek about it. I tend to think that it maybe greed,
because it just writes about the machine. Well I downloaded
the FAQ they had there which is in English, so I guess it can't
be all bad! :-)

> Thanks again!

No problems! :-)

Cheers.

Terry Yager
June 1st, 2003, 01:46 PM
I have just postede a message to the obsolete computer helpline, which should generate a few more usere for this forum. Anyone here who is interested might want to check out www.obsoletecomputermuseum.org/helpline for more of the same.

Terry Yager
June 1st, 2003, 01:51 PM
Oops! Make that www.obsoletecomputermuseum.org/helpline for the link above...

Erik
June 1st, 2003, 01:58 PM
Thanks for the plug, Terry!

I've updated your first post to the correct URL.

By the way, Tom over at the Obsolete Computer Museum has written a new threaded version of his helpline which he's beta testing at http://obsoletecomputermuseum.org/forums/

Check it out if you get a chance! It's a great low-bandwidth forum option!

Erik

Terry Yager
June 1st, 2003, 09:44 PM
Yeah, I finally managed to get in there and take a look around. Not much there yet, but hopefully it will grow soon.

Jon Jarmon
June 2nd, 2003, 01:13 AM
Hi Eric and everyone else-I've mentioned that "come to XT computers" has a forum on old machines and the "386 experience" has a forum.I think that I'll go to their sites and mention your forum O.K. I'll try to help bring on some more users over to this forum.I like your forum the best.

CP/M User
June 2nd, 2003, 01:48 PM
"Jon Jarmon" wrote in message:

Hi Jon,

> Hi Eric and everyone else-I've mentioned that "come
> to XT computers" has a forum on old machines and
> the "386 experience" has a forum.I think that I'll go
> to their sites and mention your forum O.K. I'll try to
> help bring on some more users over to this forum.I
> like your forum the best.

That's that http://come.to/386 isn't it?

The Amstrad CPC has one simular, http://run.to/cpc
unfortunately I don't know if it's still valid. I'll check
once posted.

The should be in the links section though, sorry
Erik! :-(

Cheers.

P.S. Yep, it's still valid! :-) Hopefully, some Amstrad
enthusiests will come along & check them out!