Hello Everybody! I am originally known, and still known as Marcos Miranda, the founder of MirandaSoft Computer Services in Seattle, Washington, USA, in July 1992.
Though I have my own blog, it really looks like I should be part of VintageComputer.net. Though I can't contribute pictures, unless a USB port can be installed at the back of my head, I would like to post stories of my historical past, which is the original foundation and basis for my naturally-born Geek Life.
Many, if not most of the pictures of computers posted in VintageComputer.net, are actual devices I had either operated and/or programmed, and I would like permission to use pictures from VintageComputer.net for my blog, showing the hardware that made me a geek, today.
For those that don't know about me, or may have forgotten about me, here's some info to refresh those minds... I am 41 years old now. I learned about magnetism & electromagnetism when I was 7 years old, chemistry at 10 years old, solar electricity at 12 years old, reading/writing electronic schematics at 13 years old, assembly language (Z80/6502) programming at 14 years old... etc. etc. etc. At 16 years old, I began running BBSs that were part of Citadel-86, FidoNET networks. -- That's part of the original foundation that created MirandaSoft in 1992.
Honestly, it is very hard to document my "vintage" past, but its something I never forgot. My computer life originally began in 1980, when I was 10 years old. I am notorious for talking about my past... So if you would like something to help you sleep at night, just call me! :-)
Commodore VIC-20, C64, Amiga 500, TRS-80, 1984 Apple Macintosh, IBM PC, etc. etc. Yup, if I was available in the 1980s & beyond, I may have written programs on it. Some of those programs were carried over, and ported over to my Palm OS programming life (2001-2011).
Pictures were lost over the years, but the memories still linger on, as if it was yesterday. (Like making a keyboard for the Atari 2600...)
Yes, this is my first post on VintageComputer.net and yes, I know, this is a HUGE post. Technology is moving too fast for me to keep up, and where I live nowadays (Philippines), 99.99% of these Computer/IT people have no idea of how those vintage gadgets worked.
Nowadays, I'm having trouble learning Java to program new apps for the Android OS, as C/C++ is becomming obsolete and no longer available in a development environment. Every now and then, I do run emulators for Amiga 500 and TRS-80... I only wish those emulators existed for the Android.
Anyways, thanks for having me in VintageComputer.net. Today is my 5-year wedding anniversary with my wife, whom doesn't understand any of my vintage geek life. Have a nice day, everybody!