Z80 Books assessment
Slowly making my way through books some 30 years out of date, and I’m struck at how educational writing has changed. The writing back then was very amateurish with ideas and topics presented in a fairly mundane way or too often drifted off into irreverence, caught up in an topic that could have been dealt with in fewer words and made more consumable. I suspect the reason for this was; these books were rushed to meet a market need, quality was ditched in favour of speed, and there wasn’t an able editor to go through the material and offer constructive feedback for a re-write or request for diagrams. All this is pandering to the hubris within me that I feel I can do a better job at explaining what’s going on and pitching in a way thats both fun and easy to learn, but the reality is, who would care? It’s a retro scene fetishism only. It would be like writing a book about how 3.5ich disks worked! They are dead, something only for the few remaining sadoid retro die-hards to indulge in. The written archaeology of obselete tech. Anyway, I’m somewhat underwhelmed by it all thus far and its given me a fresh perspective on how great the writing is in for example books printed by O’Reilly. I still have 3 or 4 more to read. Slow but steady progress. Definitely no stand out books thus far. Hopefully theres a gem amongst the rubble.
posted on August 16, 2018