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#1 Ransom OFFLINE  



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Posted Thu Oct 15, 2015 1:51 PM

That is, what was the first electronic system you gave a series of instructions to, that it then followed out?


The first one for me was the Big Trak:





Which you could program to go forward or backward, turn, fire its weapon, or, if you had the optional Big Trak Transport, tell it to dump its load.



After that, I believe the next thing was Atari 2600's BASIC Programming (big disappointment!), then a Heathkit computer we had at school (I typed in a Lunar Lander program), and then finally the Atari 400 with Atari BASIC.


How about you?


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Posted Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:00 PM

For me it was my first home computer, a Commodore VIC-20. The first one in school (after the VIC-20) was a TRS-80 Model III.



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Posted Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:52 PM


That's what my high school could (barely) afford and way more than I personally could afford.

I repaired and donated a few small TV's I had sitting around to help get the program going.

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Posted Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:14 PM

sml_gallery_35324_1027_11826.jpg Radio Shack TRS-80 Model I


For me it was the 4K version of the TRS-80 Model I.  I was still in junior high school at the time, so whenever my folks went to town I would go into the Radio Shack store and stand in front of that thing for HOURS!  It was a lot of fun.


Years later (before I worked for Radio Shack) I went in for some items and was taken by the sales girl, so I banged out a quick program on the Model III they had on display that asked the sales girl out on a date...  It worked, we went out for over three years.  :)

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Posted Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:31 PM

Probably the Commodore PET at school. Good times!

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Posted Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:35 PM

Sinclair ZX80, followed by Sinclair ZX81 a year or so later.

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Posted Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:55 PM

TRS-80 Model III at school. Then my 99/4A at home. Apple ][ and Atari 800 (assembly) at school also.

BTW: I remember the Big Trak! That "toy" was awesome! :love:

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Posted Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:58 PM

I think it was a Commodore Vic-20 then a C64 if you count typing programs from magazines and user manuals as programming.

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Posted Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:17 PM

For me it was my first home computer, a Commodore VIC-20. The first one in school (after the VIC-20) was a TRS-80 Model III.

Somebody call the police! Bill Loguidice stole my personal history! :D




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Posted Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:49 PM

Color Computer 2 here. I still remember a lot of those first programs, both the type-ins and the handful I wrote myself.




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Posted Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:52 AM

It must've been by big brother's VIC-20. I managed to get it to crash on my first programming attempt, and yet that only involved PRINT statements!

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Posted Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:33 AM

For me, the TRS "Trash" 80 in 8th grade!   Soon followed by a brand new Atari 1200xl. 

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Posted Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:50 AM

Jr. High School: (through 1983)

Commodore PET 2001: We had a bunch of them - https://2warpstonept...re-pet-2001.jpg

Personal - TI-99/4A


High School: (1983-)

Commodore PET 2001

Until '84, when we got all Apple IIc computers, (and I ended up getting one as well)

Personal - Apple IIc


Used the IIc until building my first Intel-386 (around '90)

The IIc is where I taught myself 6502 assembly


BTW, I actually had that Big-Trak as well!

Edited by PacManPlus, Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:06 AM.

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Posted Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:40 PM

It's a toss-up between a simple BASIC program on the Commodore VIC-20 and Logo on the Apple II.  Loved that little turtle.

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Posted Fri Oct 16, 2015 2:30 PM

TI calculator, PET, Oric (at a friend) and then the C64 (still mine!).

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Posted Fri Oct 16, 2015 2:55 PM

Simple BASIC program on Commodore VIC-20.


Big-Trak as well.

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Posted Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:27 PM

Not counting the type-in programs on the Commodore 64 back in 83, the first system I actually learned programming on was an Apple II with BASIC in high school. The SuperNES was the new hotness so I was inspired by making shapes scale and rotate on the Apple...very...slowly.

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Posted Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:36 AM

When I was a kid, I liked to "draw" using the typewriter at my mom's office... my own ASCII art! Then I learned a little about the TELEX machine she had, and started to "save" my artwork in punched paper ribbons, so I could recreate my art later. I don't know if that counts!!!
I started learning BASIC programming in a Sinclair ZX-81 and wrote 2 simple games in about a month. Then I moved to an Atari 800XL and "ported" one of those games :grin:

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Posted Mon Oct 26, 2015 5:04 AM

I learned to program on the C64 when I was 6. Made some primitive ASCII games.

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Posted Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:32 AM

It was probably the family's 16K Sinclair Spectrum. Just type-in listings. The machine I actually learned to program on was the 800XL.

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Posted Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:35 AM

Apple ][, followed shortly thereafter by Atari 600XL.  It was BASIC on both.  Then Pascal on the A2.  Then Action! on the Atari.  Then a little bit of 6502 assembly on the Atari.

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Posted Mon Nov 2, 2015 1:14 PM



And then:



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Posted Mon Nov 2, 2015 9:14 PM

Apple II in elementary school. Atari 1200xl at home (and a little PC in a class) my junior high years. Apple IIgs/Mac in high school and an upgrade at home to an XEGS. Actually been thinking about those early days lately...

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Posted Tue Nov 3, 2015 12:59 PM

It was either a TRS-80 Model I or a PET when I was in 4th grade around 1978-9. My school system had a small computer lab with both. It was probably the PET because there were more of them.

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