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The creation of the comp.sys.amstrad.8bit newsgroup was an idea of Marco Vieth and David Long on the 25th March 1994 :
From: dave kechb.demon.co.uk (David Long)
Subject: Amstrad CPC newsgroup
Date: 25 Mar 1994 11:15:59 -0500
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Due to a considerable increase in interest in the Amstrad CPC series of machines, Marco Vieth (author of CPCEMU - a CPC emulator for the PC) and myself are interested in setting up a newsgroup devoted to this topic.
The proposed name is "comp.sys.cpc". This will cover every subject related to the CPC and will not be moderated.
I would appreciate a response from anyone with comments on this matter. Send follow-ups to "news.announce.newgroups" and "comp.os.cpm".
The CPC is an 8-bit machine, three models of which were produced by the British company Amstrad. It is based around a Z80 processor and has 64k of directly accessible memory, which can be expanded to 576k. The CPC Emulator is available in the Emulators directory of the Simtel20 archives/mirrors as CPCEMU09.ZIP. It requires a 386 or above with VGA to run.
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This unmoderated newsgroup comp.sys.amstrad.8bit is open to discussions about the Z80 Amstrad computers : CPC (464, 664, 6128, 464+, 6128+), GX4000, PCW (8256, 8512, 9256, 9512, 9512+, 10, 16), NC100/150/200 and PDA600.
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The result of the creation (see below) was posted on the 28th July 1994 after a procedure wich consisted of a discussion (RFD : Request For Discussion) and a vote (CFV : Call For Vote) from the 21th June to 21th July 1994. It was created the 4th August 1994.
From: rdippold qualcomm.com (Ron "Asbestos" Dippold)
Subject: RESULT: comp.sys.amstrad.8bit passes 148:36
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Date: 28 Jul 1994 16:37:08 -0400
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unmoderated group comp.sys.amstrad.8bit passes 148:36
There were 148 YES votes and 36 NO votes, for a total of 184 valid votes.
For group passage, YES votes must be at least 2/3 of all valid (YES and NO) votes. There also must be at least 100 more YES votes than NO votes.
There is a five day discussion period after these results are posted. If no serious allegations of voting irregularities are raised, the moderator of news.announce.newgroups will create the group shortly thereafter.
comp.sys.amstrad.8bit Amstrad CPC/PcW/GX4000 software/hardware.
This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party. For voting questions only contact rdippold qualcomm.com. For questions about the proposed group contact Emmanuel Roussin <roussin frmug.fr.net>
The proposed unmoderated newsgroup comp.sys.amstrad.8bit will be open to discussions about the Amstrad CPC (464, 664, 6128, 464+, 6128+), PcW (8256, 8512, 9256, 9512, 9512+, QUibble) and GX4000.
Appropriate topics would include, but not be limited to :
- CPC/PcW/GX4000 hardware, software,
- CPCEMU, the CPC emulator from Marco Vieth, currently v1.0 at oak.oakland.edu in /SimTel/msdos/emulator/CPCEMU10.ZIP
In the future, if they are too many message about it, we will discuss about a comp.emulators.cpc newsgroup,
- specific Amstrad CP/M files, overlays...
The only topic that is excluded is:
discussion of Amstrad PC-compatible (1512, 1640, 2x86, 3x86 and others Amstrad compatible I don't know) because these computers are really compatible, so comp.sys.ibm.pc.* newsgroups must be used.
In the future, the newsgroup could be reorganized in comp.sys.amstrad.8bit.cpc and comp.sys.amstrad.8bit.pcw if really needed.
The newsgroup, if created, will be relayed on BBS as not everybody can read newsgroups, they will have also files for CPC/PcW :
- genesis : the 8bit generation, FIDO 2:320/220 this french BBS will open this summer,
- Aspects BBS, FIDO 2:250/107 in U.K.
Expect other BBS in the future, we are looking for a BBS in Germany. The BBS will take care to post valid messages, not to post dupes, etc...
FTP sites with CPC files :
- ftp.demon.co.uk in /pub/cpm, specific Amstrad CP/M files, thanks to Paul Martin
- ftp.nvg.unit.no (soon), thanks to Arnt Gulbrandsen
And perhaps a coming french site.
Sinclair and Commodore 8bit users have their own newsgroup, the CPC/PcW were widely sold in U.K., France and Germany, also in other countries. It's time to have now our own newsgroup to discuss about these good computers. Nostalgia, when you hold me...
comp.sys.amstrad.8bit Final Vote Ack
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