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Re: Another 4K TRS-80 guy

by mildside (Friar)
on Jul 10, 2003 at 23:06 UTC ( #273188=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Another 4K TRS-80 guy
in thread My first computer was...

...praying for a computer with a color display and something better than the crippled BASIC that came with the first TRS-80.

I too started with a 16K TRS-80 (It had Level II Basic!). I got a job at a Tandy store during my school vacation in order to pay for it myself. I too very quickly became aware of it's limitations. Then I read about the Acorn Proton (which became the Acorn BBC) and I knew I had to have one. So I saved again, sold the TRS-80 and got one of the first Beebs to get to my hometown. That was cool - It had colour graphics, BBC Basic and 32K of RAM. I learned 6502 assembler on it. It still used cassette tape though, so then I had to save for a disk drive, and then... and then... and then... ...and here I am today learning Perl.

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[LanX]: hm just read an article on claiming that RPerl is 250 times faster. ... it's that even possible?
[marto]: under certain circumstances perhaps
[RonW]: as I understand it, RPerl "compiles" a subset of Perl to C, so I would expect the final executable to run a lot faster

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