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I am proper amused by the number of you who, like me, grew up tapping BASIC into a speccie or an AMSTRAD.

That is all.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
drunkwriter: Me in South Park form. (Default)
From: [personal profile] drunkwriter
It's all there was to do in the 80s!

Date: Friday, January 25th, 2013 09:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ginasketch
This. Then floppy discs happened, and we were all really excited whenever a heavily pixellated photo appeared during a game.

Date: Friday, January 25th, 2013 09:45 am (UTC)
drunkwriter: Me in South Park form. (Default)
From: [personal profile] drunkwriter
Aha, yes! I remember the lengthy intro montage of sepia-toned pixellated photos in Ghostbusters II, and thinking at the time that indeed we were living in the future :)

Not to mention the slight hint of an American accent in the speech sample "Uphold the law" on Robocop...

Date: Friday, January 25th, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
ginasketch: (arrivederci)
From: [personal profile] ginasketch
I still laugh when I realize that back then we worshipped a machine that couldn't run unless there was a disk inside it.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sfred
I did that too.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Yup. I used to write very simple games on my ZX81 in BASIC with it's 1K of memory.

Imagine the brave new world that opened up when I finally saved up enough for the 16K extension.

Tell that to the kids nowadays and they don't believe you ;-)

Liberal Neil.

Date: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 12:31 am (UTC)
ext_390810: (Default)
From: [identity profile] http://www.nickbarlow.com/blog/
We started with the 16k pack in, and it felt like so much memory it could never be filled - or at least, that no magazine would ever publish a program to type in that would be long enough to fill it.

(And a quick check suggests that the source code for this page is about 50k)

Date: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 10:01 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gwenhwyfaer
And even if a magazine did exist that could pubish a 16K program, typing it in on the ZX81 "keyboard" would dislodge the RAMpack and crash the computer long before you got to the end of it anyway...

It has to be said, the computers of yesteryear *really really sucked*. The ingenuity of their software was pretty much their only merit, and I was too poor and too isolated to get the kind of documentation you can get now in seconds with a well-chosen search term and the click of a mouse. These days of Raspberry Pis and gigabytes of storage on a thumbnail-sized, magnet-proof card... truly the kingdom of Heaven is all around us ;)

(btw, Holly's intelligence knocked my socks off too :) And her confidence & motivation - possibly even more so!)

edit: Actually, there is one thing I miss. Having to fit everything into 64K was a profoundly useful and sensible discipline...
Edited Date: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 10:08 am (UTC)

Date: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] andrewhickey.info
They were rubbish compared to today except in one very important way -- they came with the tools to program them built in, obvious, and accessible. Given the choice of having kids' first computer be an Acorn Electron which came with two books on how to program in BASIC, as mine was, or some iThing or other, I'd go for the Electron every single time.

Date: Thursday, January 24th, 2013 12:42 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gwenhwyfaer
True; I really do miss that immediacy.

Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
ponygirl72: Tucker Aside (Default)
From: [personal profile] ponygirl72
For i equals 1 to 100. Next i. (It was an Atari 400, in my case.)


Date: Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
nadriel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nadriel
Yep, coder and proud, from a rather early age :-)

Date: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 12:09 am (UTC)
pseudomonas: (Default)
From: [personal profile] pseudomonas
With me it was an Acorn Atom...

Date: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sashajwolf
You can add me to that list (Spectrum, for which I spent years saving up my pocket money.)

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