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In the late 70s and early 80s (that is 1970s/1980s) there was a big rush in the home computer market, that concludes in our time with computers everywhere...
I had some discussions about that time and was wondering...
* Was that really that good?
* What was so good (or bad) about it?
* Do we have it somewhere today?
* What is/was your C64?
I wasn't aware of it then (no other experience), but what is most amazing while looking back is the total control, the work without any mediator between you and the computer, between the software and the hardware (which was of course a source some interesting smell/smoke/noise)...
I could sit down after-school and within a few seconds was in the computer, hacking it away...
What is your experience?
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My first machine was a Commodore 16 (Black & Grey) had it for a few years then upgraded(?) to a C64.
The C16 was interesting as it had pretty much the same inputs as the C64 just different shaped plugs!
The user port of that go me into Hardware where I am today!
My first computer was a ZX Spectrum 128K +2A, with the +2A meaning some games just didn't work because of the architecture; as opposed to those games that just didn't load for reasons, and those games that did work for 10 minutes then crashed hard.
My favourite games on that platform were the Dizzy series. Good times.
Lucky so & so, many years later I had (have) an Amiga 500 & 1200 always lusted after a 1000, friend got one second hand as the 'Kickstart' was disk based you could 'upgrade it' much easier... memories of a summer...
I was fortunate to start with a C64 moving onto Amiga 500, 1200 where I first had a 40Mb hard drive.
From there I was fortunate to work commercially with the Amiga 3000 for a few years and also I dabbled with the zx80, where myself and friend created some speech recognition using the tape port, it had a repertoire of 3 words only and with the memory expansion pack having a dodgy connection crashed often. My friend and I then linked this to the IO port and mains isolated switch to turn a light on and off using voice. It makes you wonder at the rapid progress at speech recognition in recent years.
My first computer was a Commodore PET, with a whole 8K (!) of RAM. I used it to learn 6502 Assembly Language, and hand-assembled short routines to speed up some BASIC programs. I also remember calculating prime numbers, and calculating e to about 1,000 digits using multiple-precision arithmetic routines that I wrote.
A few years later, my father bought a "portable" IBM PC, which was upgraded with a 20MB hard disk to make an XT-compatible. This was built like a tank, and massed about 20kg, so it was more "luggable" than portable. We later added an 8087, which I used for a lot of my M.Sc. research (incomplete, unfortunately). It was much more cost-effecting than using the mainframe at the University...
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The first PC I worked on was PET 8K, which my high school acquired. Then we got a 16K! The tape drive on which we stored our work was amazing technology.
An insurance agent I dealt with had a luggable. He was tremendously proud of that thing, as he could do all his work while visiting your home. At the time, it was also amazing technology -- AND -- carrying it around eliminated the need to do regular workouts.
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I had the Atari 400 as my first computer, tape drive that took 45 minutes to load a game, upgraded to the SS/SD 5.25 floppy which made things a whole lot easier.
I hacked together an external keyboard from an old teletype machine and a LOT wiring, and ribbon cables to get a "real" keyboard for it.
I spent so much money on that thing doing upgrades, wish I had that money right now.
Atari 400 was my first, too. First program I wrote in BASIC, I ran out of memory. Upgraded to Atari 800 with 48K. I still have that one. Back in the day I would buy old game cartridges and unsolder the ROM and replace it with an EPROM and then burn games from magazines like A.N.A.L.O.G. to the EPROM. The EPROM burner plugged into the joystick ports of the Atari. My first foray into assembly language programming was with the Atari.
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