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My fondest memories are when I first discovered this place when I finished high school back in 2001.

 

And certainly, when I rediscovered this place again when I rediscovered the place when moved to Brisbane and started making Atomic friends. Good peeps the likes of Raticcus, Usmell, and Myra. And getting to meet and get to know good folk like Elvanwhore, Dumbmonkey.

 

It all seems like an entire age ago.

 

I've made met some awesome people and made some awesome people because of this place. I owe it something because of that, it's something I try to keep in mind at all times. Perhaps that's why I post less, because I want to post more of myself, more quality. Sometimes, I just don't feel in the right place for that. But, at all times, I take responsibility and feel responsible for the direction this place heads. I'm only a small part of it, yes, but, I am a part of it. I either play a positive part, a negative part, or a nothing part.

Meeting you, as the first real life Atomican person I met, rates at the top of the scale for for Atomic memories.

 

Thank you my friend.

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Yay.. I'm playing with MrF's parts!

 

Still think catching up with you in Melbourne when I worked in Customs was definitely a highlight. (That Chinese Dumpling place was AWESOME!)

 

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I still remember a lot of the Canberra crew, fondly, despite, to the best of my drunken memory, never seeing either yourself or Fenn in Canberra.

 

I guess what I'm trying to point out, Atomic has been and is a part of my life, of who I am. It shaped me, my ways of thinking, and has been responsible for some very close friends I would never have crossed paths with otherwise.

 

I'm older now, we're older now, and it reminds me a lot of the song Woody Guthrie by Bob Dylan. I feel like shit that I didn't keep my subscription up and became complacent about the mag. The mag is how I found this place, the mag was this place.

 

My feeling is, now, now more than ever, while this little slice of cyberspace is still around, that we make it the place what it should be. That we get the young blood in, be patient with them, and realise there is world out there, an exciting world, not just tech and it's extraordinary advances from when I discovered Atomic, but a new world coming to terms with a new society, new technology, and a new way of seeing the interactions between all of it.

 

There is a lot of collective wisdom and experience to pass down here. In times more confusing to all than ever. We all need to accept that things have changed quickly beyond our control, and hope to impart some of what we've learned to a new, and different generation who live in a totally different paradigm.

 

Rather than bitch an moan about days of old, accept that they're old, and see if we can shape and influence new and young minds, the very same way this place shaped mine. I don't own this place, I never did, sure as shit owe it a thing or two though.

 

Meeting you, as the first real life Atomican person I met, rates at the top of the scale for for Atomic memories.

 

Thank you my friend.

And likewise my friend, your an interesting cat to be sure, and certainly one I enjoy having a brew with.

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I need to get my arse to Melbourne to have a drink with you blokes.

 

And Sydney, and Brisbane, and Perth.

 

But not Adelaide. Fuck Adelaide.

 

Sorry Cybes.

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Without Atomic I would never have hopped on a 'plane halfway across the country for no better reason than a party. That would have been out of character even when I was still fully mobile.

 

I regret not being in a position to have met up with a lot of you guys more often. Three Meets (or 2.1 of them, by attendance) is not enough by a long chalk.

 

It was...weird...to have several people at the Melbourne Meet refer to me as "iconic". I thought I was a barely-recognised nobody. Although...Somehow I did manage to become pretty much the Goto Guy for the ADL contingent. :/

 

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Reaperman, the next beer you're getting will delivered as a shower. :P

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I need to get my arse to Melbourne to have a drink with you blokes.

 

And Sydney, and Brisbane, and Perth.

 

But not Adelaide. Fuck Adelaide.

 

Sorry Cybes.

I always wanted to meet TazFromOz (another SA./ Radelaidien). I never did, spent many a night up late talking to her though and getting to understand her way of looking at and experiencing the world, because it was soooooo different from mine. She was one of the first people to reach out to me and offer an ear, someone who knew I was obviously going through some shit at the time.

 

Which reminds me, whatever the fuck happened to the Spanks', the Laptirp's, the Ekstasis', and the Asai's. Strange I'm on this train of thought, but there were a lot of weird and wonderful ladies in this place who challenged me and made me grow (that's not a euphemism you gutter minded cunts). Asai, especially, a lass too weird to live, but too rare to die. I often wonder what happened to her and where she is now. We've lost a lot of great ladies along the way here. I often wonder why, seriously, I want to know what made them leave. When I look back on such fond memories here, a lot of those colourful lady folk were part of that. Even those that put their heads up every so often don't post so nearly as much as they once did.

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I always wanted to meet TazFromOz (another SA./ Radelaidien).

 

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Which reminds me, whatever the fuck happened to the Spanks', the Laptirp's, the Ekstasis', and the Asai's... Even those that put their heads up every so often don't post so nearly as much as they once did.

Come over some time, dude - we'll put together something beer-flavoured in no time. I'm certain she'll be amongst the first to sign up for it.

 

Dunno about the other ladies... Laptirp got to be very rare indeed by her last visit, and I haven't seen her at all for ages. She was OS wasn't she? Haven't seen Ekstasis since...just after the vagina-modelling thing. Don't remember Asai, sorry. :(

 

And nobody posts as often as they once did. 'Cept maybe you and me, MrF; we've always been low post-count dudes - now everyone else is down to the same or less, so we're left being a lot more prominent.

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Hmmm. Crusade against Albert. That is ringing a bell good and hard, but I can't remember why.

 

Can I get a brief rundown again.

I believe I had a whinge that complaining about spam on the forums was unwarranted, as, technically speaking, we had very little actual spam - unsolicited advertising - and most of it was just threadshitting of one kind or another. Virt, after much frustration at my contrariness, decided to label all of it as 'Albert', and called for a crusade against it, and to bring back a higher level of discourse.

 

I think.

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Accusing the competition drawing dude at Atomic live 5.0 of being biased and giving all the prizes to their friends, and then immediately winning a ticket to the awards night and afterparty.

 

Seeing the insane ticking bomb case mod in real life at atomic live. Morris's Crotch Shots.

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we had very little actual spam - unsolicited advertising - and most of it was just threadshitting of one kind or another.

The term ''threadshitting'' hadn't been coined back then. So, I picked a different and unlikely word to describe what Atomicans had been describing as 'spam' - uninteresting/unhelpful/unnecessary posts in the threads. It was a fun Crusade, though of course, ultimately doomed to glorious failure.

 

Some other things I should have added to my earlier list:

1. Morris's many photos with texta'd forehead and rolled back eyes. (I still have the personalised version he made for me in my photo archive.)

2. Hulkster's and Moz's co-written Atomican columns (the best period of that column, IMHO).

3. When Ben banned Kathleen from Gamedude, denying a generation of 15 year old virgins further access to her magnificent mammarial self portraits.

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my 50th birthday celebration........we all got kicked out of paddies......

Bahaha OBA I'm pretty sure that's happened every time I've been out drinking with you guys. It's either kicked out of paddies, or leave paddy's and can't get into the next place.

 

Anyway, in reply to the actual topic, probably my favorite bit of atomic mag was the hotbox contest. I remember me and Voney built some old dos boxes into actual boxes - as in, the cardboard variety. mine was a johny walker box, and I thought it was hilarious because I was like 16 at the time. But Voney's was way better quality, was actually usable and could play jetpack. We were thinking of sending them to hotbox, and then realised that the average hotbox entry was like, eons ahead of our cardboard box efforts.

 

Ever after that I had a lot of respect for propper hotbox entrants, and even more for winners. Even though the whole hotbox thing kind of died in the arse, I still reckon that was the best bit of the mag, when I used to read it.

 

Oh also, I got a free 1yr subscription at one point, because I was one of the chumps that paid for forum access when they made that a thing, and then repealed shortly after. So that was awesome.

 

EDIT: Also I'm kind of surprised I still have an account here. Woo I guess.

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It wasn't before, but now it's the memory of buying the Atomic edition 1 from the newsagent. I'd been reading computer mags since Byte and Compute! and YourComputer were around, but felt everything at the time was stale, full of press releases masquerading as reviews and articles by people who obviously did it as a job and had no passion or knowledge of gaming or enthusiast computing. Then I saw Atomic issue #1 and I've either been buying it from the newsagent or via sub ever is since. I once let my subscription lapse... Had withdrawals symptoms and never missed a copy. Computers are my porn and Atomic was exactly for me.

 

Seconds fondest memory, when David Hollingworth actually replied to directly to an email I sent. Who does that?

 

Third fondest... HOTBOX! One of the other mags show people's builds... Pathetic assemblies of off the shelf parts... Where is the creativity of Hotbox! Bring back insane modding people!

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Im really sad about Atomic. The magazine meant so much to me and I have been buying it pretty much since issue 1. It was exactly what I wanted - great tech reviews and generally great writing and some absolutely fantastic articles over the years. Atomic the magazine never ever talked down to its reader - it pushed the boundaries just enough and you always ended up learning about something new. The magazine had respect for its readers. It really felt that I was part of that. personally I think that David has done a wonderful job recently. I really cant fault him. Its a real shame that I havent met him yet but maybe one day. A man of integrity which reflected on the magazine. Publishing sux at the moment and the niche computing market sux further (for a number of reasons) and I dont think any staff at Atomic should feel that they have done anything wrong. I am glad that I was part of the last golden age of hardcore PC gaming and tech.

 

The forum has always been a place for me to drop into and just listen in and most often learn. You could be who you wanted - no one really cared. You could be yourself. I think the mods have pretty much always done a great job. On the one or two times I have ever been pulled up it was always without fail for a valid reason. I took it, acknowledged it and learnt from it. It made me a better person. Thank you.

 

I have some great memories of Atomic. I think just knowing that there is a place where you can vent is great even if you never do. But theres been some great laughs. Some explosive disscussions (Leonid?) and a whole lot of learning. And its always been great when you can provide a solution to some elses tech problem. Which was always part of Atomic - a place people can supoort each other. And a big thank you to those who have helped me.

 

Im a gamer at heart - my special memories will always be with the Atomicans I have played with over the years especially in AC-DC and through BF2 and most recently through BF3 (which I will reinstall soon). So many to mention but you know who you are. So many laughs. BF2 particularly was an absolute blast and I can honestly say that some of the best game experiences of my life ever where playing BF2 with ACDC. Similarly some totally hilarious sesisons with BF3. Much respect.

 

Anyway thats all I want to say. Atomic IMHO was the best enthusiast PC magazine in the country. But it was born in a different time. It was a time of real LANS in a friends garage till the sun came up. Of learning to overclock out of necessity because tech was so damm expensive and because each new game was pushing the boundaries of what was possible. Of learning to case mod again because you had too - cases came with one fan and terrible cooling options. Games came in big boxes with big manuals that rivalled War and Peace. They were great to read on the toilet. I coudl go on. Anyway. Lots of love to all. And all the best for the future.

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Seconds fondest memory, when David Hollingworth actually replied to directly to an email I sent. Who does that?

Heh, my fondest was some dude called Ben Mansill sending me some Atomic stickers after I harassed him on IRC. Who does that?

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I've...made some awesome people because of this place.

Where are these hidden Atomic lovechildren?!

 

Under the house getting fed scraps, where they belong, and then they're ready, I'll turn them loose on the world.

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I've...made some awesome people because of this place.

Where are these hidden Atomic lovechildren?!

 

Under the house getting fed scraps, where they belong, and then they're ready, I'll turn them loose on the world.

 

Allah help us all.

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Seconds fondest memory, when David Hollingworth actually replied to directly to an email I sent. Who does that?

Ben Mansill, for one - along with most of the other at0mic staff back then.

i've never had reason to contact David Hollingworth directly (or indeed anyone else), in recent years, but thanks to Ben's integrity, i've never entertained the slightest doubt that David or his cohorts wouldn't still do the same today.

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the best memory is the memory of tommorow when the war began when australia gets invaded by asia and New Zealanders take over the site.

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the best memory is the memory of tommorow when the war began when australia gets invaded by asia and New Zealanders take over the site.

U mad bru?

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My fondest memory of Atomic is subscribing to it at some IT Expo way back around 2000 - Issue 3 was the one on offer on the day, if I recall.

 

I as amazed at finally having a hardware magazine to read, and at how friendly and geeky the staff were :-)

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Remember that time one of the Atomicans was going through a personal crisis with cash flow difficulties, and heaps of atomicans pitched to help her out, and she was able to use that money well, and make better of her situation, in fact it helped her get to an interview, or secure better work.

 

That was a beautiful moment not only for Atomic... but for humanity.

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