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I really like this idea of taker-aparter. As a kid in the early 60's, we would rummage neighbors trash cans for stuff to disassemble and "rebuild" into some other useless thing, until activated with imagination. I always wanted to know how something worked.
So, I fell in with the wrong crowd in high school (1968) - the science and math department. They had a ASR-33 teletype connected to a timeshare system and had no idea what to do with it. I got some info on Dartmouth Basic, and was writing simple things in a week. By my senior year, I assisted in teaching a class on programming and had created a library of various apps for the department.
I went to college to get a degree in Electical Engineering so I could design computers. Well, that never happened, never finished my degree, but just retired from programming/manager/architect after 45+ years. Seen it all, done it all. Had a great time. Still coding for fun. Might look to do some pro bono work for a local cause/charity.
The cure to boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. -- Dorothy Parker
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As today I'm writing a game for C64 - using emulator...
Cool. I did much the same thing, only with Apples, because i learned on them, and they share CPUs with the nintendo and super nintendo so i learned how to write games for those machines by learning on an apple.
So I wrote a nintendo emulator in c# at one point. started writing some games for it but never finished. LOL
When I was growin' up, I was the smartest kid I knew. Maybe that was just because I didn't know that many kids. All I know is now I feel the opposite.
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...