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Re: Re: My first computer was...

by dws (Chancellor)
on Jul 04, 2003 at 16:30 UTC ( #271517=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: My first computer was...
in thread My first computer was...

My first was an S100-based Z80 system (with 64K of RAM) and dual 8" floppies, running CP/M. And a Heathkit H19 terminal, lovingly hand-soldered. Ran the BDS C compiler, and the Mince (Mince Is Not Complete Emacs) editor. I got 2 1/2 years of use out of it before getting the first IBM PC.

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Re^3: My first computer was...
by roboticus (Chancellor) on Sep 12, 2010 at 14:24 UTC

    BDS C, now *that* brings back some memories. I remember absolutely *hating* to put printf in my programs because it made the executables 4K larger. It was incredibly fast, too. You'd just have a few of clink-clunks (disk accesses) and your program would be compiled. Until Turbo Pascal, it was the hottest thing going (for me, at least).

    On that node, anyone wanting an AMPRO or two, complete with manuals, CP/M manuals and disks, just let me know and pay shipping. (Ampro: a single board computer that you would solder together. Z-80 based, the board was the same footprint as a 5-1/4" floppy drive, so you could attach it to the side of a drive to make a small embedded system. They were pretty fun toys.)


      Was that before or after those C compilers that automatically linked one of two versions of printf according to whether the program uses floating point numbers?

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