My name is Joel Ewy. I enjoy making computers live up to their full potential, and stretching that potential beyond what was originally conceived for them. I am interested in computers as objects of and engines for creativity — machines that can help us transduce ideas into reality.
I believe that while the computer industry has been very successful at making machines that are faster and smaller, it has been much less successful at opening up the box so people can put these machines to use in ways not yet imagined. Computers are in fact becoming more tightly closed, and less adaptable. New computers may indeed be powerful, but that power is more difficult to harness in new ways.
It is in the old computer, displaced from the desktop by a faster machine, that the greatest potential lies for expanding the breadth of computing possibilities.
This blog is where I will record my retrocomputing projects.