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The good ole days

Distinguished Professor II

Re: The good ole days


@gaines_wright wrote:

@GabeU wrote:

I had a Commodore Vic 20, then a couple years later a Commodore 64, when I was a kid. 

  I guess I'm showing my age,  I was in my late twenties, with a couple of young kids at home.   


So your current badge is quite apt?   

 

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Sorry, I couldn't resist.  Smiley Tongue


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Re: The good ole days


@GabeU wrote:


I don't think regular people could even connect online to anything back then, could they?    


  I don't think "online" even existed back then.  Several years later I was dialing in to BBSs with a 1200 baud modem using an IBM PC clone.

Distinguished Professor II

Re: The good ole days


@gaines_wright wrote:

@GabeU wrote:


I don't think regular people could even connect online to anything back then, could they?    


  I don't think "online" even existed back then.  Several years later I was dialing in to BBSs with a 1200 baud modem using an IBM PC clone.


I didn't really mean online, as it exists today.  I meant being able to connect to a remote server.  I thought that, back then, only the government, universities and companies had that ability.  


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Senior Instructor

Re: The good ole days

I learned Basic in high school in the mid-70's... on a TTY machine. Someone smart thought it might be a good idea to take it as an "elective". Was good for a lot od ASCII art printouts.

 

Bought a C64 when they came out so I knew what to do. The real fun came when I got my hands on a Hesmon cartridge and learned 6502/6510 assembler code (long story, but I built my own card and programmed an EPROM). My first 'project' was to build an interface to an FM audio subcarrier (SCA) demodulator/decoder that I built as a home project and the code to display/manipulate the data stream.

 

The 80's were fun. Been coding on various devices in various languages ever since.


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Re: The good ole days


@BirdDog wrote:

"Good old days"? Lol, online experience was more like using a teletype machine and high end graphics was a game of pong. Some things are nostalgic but not necessarily good, I like advancement. 

 

  Actually I thought the graphics were pretty good, very klunky to program ( hexadecimal code ) , but good.  Of course it seems like everything in your youth looks better the older you get.  Smiley Embarassed)> 

 

  Well, I like some advancements.  A pet peeve of mine, is the use by MS of robber-baron tactics worthy of Standard Oil to take over the whole computer world.  That's one of the reasons I switched to Linux.

 

Even if I had an old machine setting in front of me right now I think I'd get bored with it pretty quickly.

  I wish I still had that creaky old ti99/4a, it's probably considered an antique now.  I've read that hobbiests are even working on a version of Linux for it,

Re: The good ole days




@GabeU wrote:

  


So your current badge is quite apt?   

 

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  But I don't want to graduate!

Senior Instructor

Re: The good ole days

You can probably get an emulator somewhere. I have one for my C64 and occasionally play some of the old games:

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Re: The good ole days


@MarkJFine wrote:The 80's were fun. Been coding on various devices in various languages ever since.

 

  I haven't written a line of code since 2003.  I thought about going back to 'C' ( my favorite ), until I discovered I'd stupidly lost my 'C' library of functions and programs I had acquired or written myself over the years.  It would  probably all come back to me if I could look at that stuff.

 

  I know!  I know!  "Here's your sign!"  Smiley Embarassed)>


 

Distinguished Professor II

Re: The good ole days


@MarkJFine wrote:

You can probably get an emulator somewhere. I have one for my C64 and occasionally play some of the old games:


I bet it's a blast playing those games on the C64.  I wish I still had mine.  I love my Raspberry Pi and the games I play on it.  Though I only have about two dozen at present, there are thousands out there.  Some of them I haven't played in well over 30 years.


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Re: The good ole days

The best part is playing them on my MacBook using a regular controller. The emulator transposes either of the stick and fire buttons to emulate an old joystick. Unfrtunately, they also emulate how inaccurate/unreliable they were.


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