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Ixion Returns
by Ixion/Triad

Friends and Foes, Ixion returns from his hell for a short speech.

So TRIAD now celebrates its 25 year birthday, which is a ridiculously long time in the scene. Some people wonder if there were computers for ordinary people in residential homes at the time. Others can't understand how such an impressive amount of programs could be harvested by a pirate during the early years? There were not even Internet or file sharing! Well, the post office worked as a slow Internet (like correspondence chess with one move each letter), spreading those single or double density floppy disks with content. To speed things up you could even set up a modem Bulletin Board System (almost like an FTP server) where people could dial in with their modems to download content directly. The speed was of course painstakingly slow.

Commodore, risen from the grave, celebrates TRIAD this year by giving us a modern version of the C64 supporting full High Definition, with USB ports and possibly with a BlueRay player. But the most important thing is of course that it will be backwards compatible with the original. It amazes me: emulators are still being created on new platforms. It's like the C64 never dies. For example, I downloaded "C64" for iPhone and tried it out. It seems to be a locked emulator. Only a few games were included, the idea is to sell those old games (or ports) once more. It's not expensive, but it upsets me to pay for those old games.

'nuff talking. Let's round up with some personal greetings. First to active members of TRIAD and former amigos which together create the legend, 1001 Crew for the ideal, FairLight for the competition, Northern Lights for the right fighting spirit, The Light Circle with Marcel of FAC for all fun, A-Team in Great Britain for being such a good host for a couple of weeks when I stayed there, also Danish Gold for good hospitality and feel good copy party. And finally everyone else that has made a name in the scene or liked us. Also special condolences to the Norwegian people in these days of sorrow after the bloody massacre outside Oslo.

IXION/TRIAD

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