I’m writing here because I need to ask something of the communities that IRATA.ONLINE is and intends to service:
What can I do better?
As of now, there is one person actively working on IRATA.ONLINE. Me. I am maintaining the service, making demonstration videos, and writing terminals for over 12 different systems, as well as their documentation.
I have also been providing a meeting space, online, so that I can show the system to interested people, so they can see what the system is all about, and why it’s very special. These meets happen every saturday and every sunday from 10am to 12pm CDT, and the meet details are on the website. These meets started at the end of March, and continue to this day, periodically mentioning everywhere I can, once a week, that these meets are happening, on Facebook, Google+, and on every online forum dedicated to various retro-computing systems, that I can find. I have also reached out to magazines, and tried to provide something as close to a press release that I can give, for something that is not a company, and does not bring in any revenue.
This has translated into an average of about 25 to 30 people per week creating sign-ons.
But the meets have seen very little activity, and I’m curious, is it something I could be doing better?
The whole point of the meets is to show people the system, and to be on hand to answer questions, and take the demonstration into places determined by the people present, so that people can get excited about the system, see why I am doing this, and perhaps help out with the project.
While I am capable of wearing many different hats, I would very much like help from people to:
* Use the system, and tell me what could be made better.
* Get authors to make new programs to run on the system, anything, most probably games, but the development environment will allow for all sorts of stuff to be possible.
* Get people interested in being systems staff to help maintain the system.
* Interest archaeologists to dig into the system and discover and document what they find, there is several decades worth of code in here that needs to be understood.
* We need people to write terminals. Terminals need to be made for the following systems:
** Commodore 64 (in progress)
** Commodore 128 (in progress)
** Color Computer 3 (in progress)
** Apple II
** Apple Iigs
** Atari 800 (a new one based on the current code)
** Coleco ADAM
** TI 99/4A
** Atari ST
** Commodore Amiga
And again, I do demonstrations of this system, because it is so unique, and offers the retro-computing communities, ALL OF THEM, the ability to create something that we can all share, and call our own.
Also, I need to remind, that I will be speaking at VCF West, AND VCF Midwest, so you can see a demo, and talk to me, there.