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In researching my earlier post on the Ideas BBS, I went looking for its inception date and phone number in my copies of old Tac2 newsletters. On browsing the May 1982 issue I was reminded that I served as it’s chairman for a handful of years … in the mid eighties. That was a whole lot of fun!

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I recently reconnected with some long, but not forgotten, Tac2 colleagues. The Transvaal Amateur Computer Club (tac2) was a hombrew club at the infancy of microcomputing in South Africa. To facilitate a virtual reunion of the club I’m proposing and helping the club draw in members past and present to a new tac2blog where we can reminisce and reconnect by sharing club facts, anecdotes and fond memories of the origins of an industry.

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Caption: Out of the original Apple User Group grew the Desktop Publishing User Group (DTP/UG). Read More »

Tac2 (the Traansvaal Amateur Computer Club) was a group of nerds and geeks that met in the basement of Senate House at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. I served as Editor of their newsletter for several years and also as Chairman for a good many more.

The club, as I recall, started out with folk who built their own Motorola 6800 computers from kits put out by Southwest Technical Products Corporation. Many of us also soldered together Sinclair ZX80’s. Then the tide turned against hardware and our soldering irons towards software and keyboards: We started buying ready built machines like the Sinclair ZX81, Commodore PET, Radio Shack’s TRS80 and the Apple II. The software revolution had begun and the Apple took a big lead eventually to be overtaken, not by the latecomer IBM PC itself, but by the generic PC. Read More »