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Re: The Lesser Spotted Commodore

by Tomte (Priest)
on Jul 04, 2003 at 14:25 UTC ( #271485=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to The Lesser Spotted Commodore
in thread My first computer was...

I hoped to not be the only one who started with that machine :). I got mine used in 1986; I wrote my first assembler on it, small routines that animated automatic 'doors' via interrupt-vector-changes in games written in basic (too well structured, after a couple of ours, the calling from subroutine to subroutine caused a stack overflow :).
Mighty little machine, if you simply forgot about the namesaking office suite it had stucked in a rom-chip (four programms, hence +4), you could switch memory banks, define your own character-sets (just poke the address into the place where the pointer to it is expected), and so on...

I hate these questions, I'm not that old ;)


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Re: Re: The Lesser Spotted Commodore
by barbie (Deacon) on Jul 09, 2003 at 13:24 UTC
    I hate these questions, I'm not that old ;)

    Seeing the popularity of this poll, a lot people like the nostalgia. I'd forgot about half the computers I used when I was at school or at friends. Seeing the list has helped bring back some great memories, especially of some of the games.

    As an aside, some might remember games like JetPac, Pssst, Cookie, Lunar Jetman, Atic Atac and my favourite Trans-Am that Ultimate Play The Game wrote and released. Originally two brothers who were given funding by their father (a games and toys distributor) scored mega success with their creations. They sold the name when the Spectrum market started dwindled and reinvented themselves as RareWare. Nintendo now have shares in them and have only recently moved out of the farmyard barn they were based in, outside of Twycross by the zoo (quite fitting for programmers). I went for an interview in 1999. The two brothers still own and run the company. An enlightening experience. Didn't get the job though :(

    And I am THAT old ;)

    Barbie | Birmingham Perl Mongers |

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