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Informally known as 'csa8', this Usenet newsgroup is devoted to all Amstrad 8-bit machines, including the PCW range, GX4000 and NC100/200.
The group came into being in 4th August 1994. The RFC and CFV were written by [[Genesis_8|Emmanuel Roussin]] after an idea by [[LDC|David Long]] and [[Marco Vieth]].
Since then, most traffic has consistently been CPC-related. Contributors have included [[Cliff Lawson]] from [[Amstrad]] and [[Richard Clayton]] from [[Locomotive Software]], numerous demo coders and fanzine editors, and several magazine writers.
Established at a time when there were few CPC websites and no discussion boards, the group enabled CPC news to be broadcast instantly (such
[http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sys.amstrad.8bit/msg/a8df8e41e94fa545 the closure of Amstrad Action]) and even, in a modest way, played its own part in CPC affairs in later years (such as [http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sys.amstrad.8bit/browse_thread/thread/4f963b9173039b49/de01c21181ab4f04?tvc=2&q=lets+get+it+together+group%3Acomp.sys.amstrad.8bit the resignation of Paul Dwerryhouse from WACCI]).
The newsgroup is now, in 2018, almost inactive, in it
s heyday it had many messages per day, but now traffic can go up and down in an unpredictable manner; sometimes weeks will pass by without a single message, sometimes there will be several messages within the same day. So don
t ever assume it's dead - it's merely resting.
A spin-off IRC channel
#csa8, was briefly in existence.
== Posters ==
Like any other
, csa8 has had its fair share of trolls, kooks and just plain nutters. Perhaps the best known was RCKCLMR13, a militantly American poster who would frequently post long tirades of "Brit"-baiting. His comments relating
all Amstrad 8 bit machines
the CPC were usually restricted to unfavourable comparisons with the Commodore 64.
[http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sys.amstrad.8bit/about According to Google]
most prolific posters since the group was founded were [[Brian Watson]], [[ChaRleyTroniC|Richard Fairhurst]], [[Cliff Lawson]], [[David Cantrell]], [[Ratz|Simon Matthews]],
Most traffic is CPC-related
== Links ==
google.com/group/comp.sys.amstrad.8bit csa8 via Google Groups interface]
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