[TriLUG] Old-n-Young Guy Stories
rvestal at trilug.org
Fri Feb 9 09:08:03 EST 2007
I guess I'm one of the "tweeners" between the Jim R/Chris C./Glen H.
group and the Olsen E./William S./Craig T./Alexis Z. group. Barely born
in the beginning of the 70's.
Wrote my first "program" (we now would call it a geneology db) on my
Atari 400 w/Left Cartridge Basic (pre M$ basic) and "membrane" keyboard
as a Christmas present for an Uncle (was a sw eng at Apple). Then for
fun, added peek/poke graphics and ported it to my C-64.
Attempted to play my first game(s) of mtrek on the school's HP 9000. It
didn't use a monitor, but a printout. Needless to say, I got killed as
soon as I logged in.
The first computer I learned "programming" on the good ol' TRS-80 Model
4 with *dual* 360k floppies AND a *green* screen (no crappy orange on
this baby!). It was one of the *10* that were used at the local High
School. My dad taught there and was one of the instructors that used the
computer lab. I would go in and play on that thing for hours after school.
Then there was.... (/me has lots of stories)...
Alexei Znamensky wrote:
> On 2/8/07, Craig Taylor <ctalkobt at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Anybody else who was born in the '70s ever use their father's punch
>> cards to build card houses? I found that they were much much better at
>> supporting my larger structures and hung onto a whole stack of 'em for
>> about 7 years before they faded out of where I put them... (got lost /
>> stopped caring).
>> At high school before the Apple ]['s came in we used a teletype that
> call -151
> peek -16384
> ... mind wanders...
> was hooked up to NCSU where we could run a bunch of programs whose
>> main purpose I believe was to waste paper.
>> I used to know all of the chip-level details (what each chip did),
>> memory space, cycle counts etc for the Commodore. Now things have
>> gotten so complex and only standardized through driver interfaces that
>> I miss the chip-level type programming that you could do...
>> On 2/8/07, William Sutton <william at trilug.org> wrote:
>> > Adding to the younger-but-older stories. I was born in the
>> mid-70's. I
>> > remember the punch cards, cradle modems, and line printers where my
>> > went to school. In fact, I actually used the punch cards myself (for
>> > bookmarks :-D )
>> > --
>> > William Sutton
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