Privacy Policy

Who we are

“Break Into Chat” is a retrocomputing wiki and blog, published by Josh Renaud. The website address for the blog is

This is a hobbyist publication, and there is no advertising on any part of the website.


When visitors leave comments on the Break Into Chat blog, the site collects the data shown in the comments form. The commenter’s IP address and browser user-agent string also are collected to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: If a Gravater profile is found for you, your profile picture will be attached to your comment and made visible to the public, if a moderator approves your comment.


If you leave a comment on the Break Into Chat blog, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website using cookies in your web browser. This option is for your convenience, so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. If you choose this option, the cookies will be stored in your browser for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This temporary cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on may include embedded content (such as videos, images, or books) from third-party websites such as Vimeo or the Internet Archive. Embedded content from other websites behaves exactly the same in your browser as if you had visited the other website directly.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. The metadata is stored for historical reference, and for future use in automatically recognizing and approving any follow-up comments instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

If you register an account on this website, any personal information (name, email address, etc) you provide in your user profile will be stored. You can see, edit, or delete your personal information at any time whe nyou are logged in, with the lone exception of your username. The website administrator, Josh Renaud, can also see and edit this information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.