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I have many, many pet projects that I started with great enthusiasm and curiosity, "can I make this work?". Many of them petered out once I got the "yes, I can make this work" stage as I lost any determination just to polish it to the end point.
I wrote many games for my friends to play but if there was no interest from one or more of my friends then the project would fade away.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
ooooh, i bet that getting that was like 3 christmas' worth of joy.
Mine was, quite literally, spread over 3 Christmases. I got my C64 (and tape drive) on Xmas 83 (84?)...I put up with the tape drive for a year. Then the next Xmas I got the floppy drive, and the one after that a printer. I never did get a "proper" monitor so everything was hooked up to a TV on channel 3. I'm sure that did nothing good for my eyesight.
As for the thread's main question...I started coding because there wasn't much I could do with the computer other than play what few games I had the first year on cartridge. Since most games came on floppy, that wasn't an option for me so I started reading the programming manual, and saving stuff to cassette. The floppy drive was a godsend.
After that I was old enough to get a job and spend my own money on my own toys, so I got a 64C (really the same thing, but in a gray/white package), and my folks sold the original 64 to a couple of friends of theirs who had a kid a few years younger than I was...then I got a 128...I honestly have no clue what happened to those computers and sometimes wished I still had them. Then I moved on to the PC world.
Nostalgia got the better of me, and got a 64 Mini last year (thanks to Nintendo for starting that trend). Then the nostalgia only got worse and a few months ago I purchased a 64C + floppy drive (the "real thing") off of Kijiji, a Canadian equivalent to eBay. I temporarily hooked it up to a TV via the antenna connector, just to confirm it works, but I don't have the room to leave it there permanently. I have the room (and monitor) to set up elsewhere, but need some sort of adapter to hook it up via VGA.
I have one of those, or at least a more sophisticated/expensive version of it that includes audio (this converter from Amazon would be video only, would it not?). Mine's either no longer working, or there's something wrong with the conversion somewhere along the way, because it wouldn't show anything. I'll admit I haven't fully investigated all my options yet...
Failed my last year of University* because I had been playing World of Warcraft too much.
I still lived at home and my parents weren't pleased.
They just sold their IT company to an uncle, an employee and a third that wasn't with the company until he bought it.
My mom said "you're going to find a job or I'll do it for you, you can start there!"
And I said "but I don't even know how to write code!"
And then she gently whispered "THEN YOU'LL F***ING LEARN! "
And so I was hired because I was the son of old management and the nephew of new management and also because I had some affinity with computers, being a gamer and all.
No one in this story regretted that decision.
I liked programming and I learned it very quickly.
I learned a lot, wrote some great software, introduced some new technology to the company, made them a lot of money (earned some myself as well), and then I moved on after four years
Another five or so years later and here I am
*I still finished that last year of University, earning me the title Master of Arts
You're not young, 40 is like ancient
And with 31 (almost 32) I'm not that young myself anymore
WoW came out when I was still in high school.
I'd say I'm a little too young to have played Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, but I have played Age of Empires which was released only two years later
I've played Warcraft III though.
I started as an operator in late '65 on LEO III systems. One of my colleagues taught me how to key in a program using the buttons on the front panel (WTF you may well ask). From there it was a small step to writing machine code and punching it up on paper tape or Hollerith cards, which could be self booted into the machine. I was hooked!
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