Yes I was very surprised at that as well. We had 8-bit groups out our way in Burlington. We had some of the best BBS networks in North America at the time, I remember starting the original one .. helping out .. with the acoustic coupler as the the first modem we had 300baud.
I went to more than a few TAF meetings, but yes I was a bit surprised with the hobby scene now, there was not something still around to contact. But there does not.
I have been trying to gather locals that I am finding on the forums.. maybe this winter we can have a little get together.
I had one buddy who bought the TI99/4a back in the day.. 1.. and he was not happy.. everyone else had a C64 or an Atari, he was the outside..
That being said.. I could use a bunch of floppies .. if you have any that have been cleaned off of what was on them. I could really use 10.. hard to find now.
Funny that...I sold my original TI to buy an 800xl (my friends all had 400's & 800's), and while the software library was awesome, I kicked myself for selling what I came to believe was the superior of the two systems.
I liked the way sprites worked more than player/missile graphics, and liked how much easier it was to use 16 colours at the full resolution in TI BASIC. Of course the built in BASIC on the TI sucked compared to Atari BASIC, but TI Extended BASIC went a long way to flip that disparity (although the double interpreting always made homebrew BASIC programs run at a snail's pace on the TI).
My Atari friends used to get quite frustrated as I went on and on about how I should have never traded my TI for an XL. And while hobby preferences are purely subjective, when male menopause made me long for my earlier computer days, the TI was the only system that I even considered re-acquiring. And man do I ever continue to love that machine.
The release of the ST line though changed everything, and I once againhad a computer that I absolutely loved, and it was Windows 98 (kept my ST well past Win95) that found me crying about how I should have never given up my ST for a PC!
30 years later, and places like eBay, Craigslist and Kijiji has made it possible to finally correct that mistake (Windows 10 just sucked the fun right out of owning a computer as a hobby - and made my favourite Atari emulator (Steem) run far less efficiently - not sure if everyone shares that experience)
Anyway, I now have my two prized systems - a TI and an ST sitting side by side for the first time, and I only turn on this Win10 POS to download stuff for those other two systems and to visit these forums. (and to stream Toronto Rock games on NLLTV.com of course)