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#26 Keatah OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Nov 6, 2015 6:42 PM

Aside from BigTrak, it would have to be the TI-59. But the Ti-59 was rather difficult for kid my age at the time and I relegated to using it as a bike computer. I'd cruise the streets and pretend I was getting orders from base and spying on people and recording data. Like a tricorder of a sort.

 

Then came Basic Programming on the VCS. I did things with that that scared everyone.

 

My skills improved slightly when I got an Apple II. Later I became infatuated with Lunar Landing simulations when I got my TRS-80 Pocket Computer - 1. Then I went back to the Apple II and did BBS & MicroModem II programming.



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Posted Sun Nov 8, 2015 4:11 AM

Apple IIe in public school.



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Posted Thu Dec 3, 2015 11:20 AM

Vic-20.... Or do you count typing in "bye" into demo Atari 600/800 xl or 10 print "hello"; 20 go to 10 into other machines as programming? ;)

Edited by Heaven/TQA, Thu Dec 3, 2015 11:21 AM.


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Posted Thu Dec 10, 2015 6:20 PM

My 1st machine - a 16kB Atari 400 with B-Key.  My dad & I spent some time typing in Caves of ice from Compute (saving to tape BTW).  After finally getting all the typos corrected, we run the game - and BAM.  Out of memory error.



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Posted Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:01 AM

My 1st machine - a 16kB Atari 400 with B-Key.  My dad & I spent some time typing in Caves of ice from Compute (saving to tape BTW).  After finally getting all the typos corrected, we run the game - and BAM.  Out of memory error.

 

I only wish my dad had taken more of an interest like that, but I do remember typing in that same program.  I cannot remember if it was while I still just had the 600XL and 410, or later with the 800XL and 1050.  I'm pretty sure it was pre 1050, as I recall not doing a lot of manual program listing typing once I had that.

 

I also remember my pre 410 days.  Type in a program.  Debug the typos.  Use it.  Agonize over when to throw all the effort away so that something new can be delved into. ;-)



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Posted Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:58 AM

Timex ZX-81. With the badass 16k accessory!

Wrote my first game, a lunar lander type thing with a random landscape in periods. The lander was an 'M' and the rocket exhaust was the | character,



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Posted Wed Dec 16, 2015 10:58 AM

I programmed a TI-55 calculator, but that was just a long sequence of math instructions.  1977?
I seem to remember some sort of half life calculation in a science class that maxed out the memory.
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The first real computer I programmed was a TRS-80 Model I.
 



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Posted Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:21 PM

My first computer programming experience was a short text adventure game for C64! My first coding experience was with HTML back in 2007.



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My first job ever was with a payroll processing company. I was the first programmer assigned to a QA group interested in automating some of their testing.



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Posted Sun Mar 6, 2016 7:31 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.  :)

That's awesome that you did that! I did the same thing at my local Radio Shack! I bought the BASIC language tutorial book and everything. I would study it at home, then spend hours on a Saturday in the store typing in a "I'm thinking of a number between 1 and 10, can you guess it?" program.



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Posted Mon Mar 7, 2016 10:01 AM

That's awesome that you did that! I did the same thing at my local Radio Shack! I bought the BASIC language tutorial book and everything. I would study it at home, then spend hours on a Saturday in the store typing in a "I'm thinking of a number between 1 and 10, can you guess it?" program.

 

 Yeah, I think Radio Shack (in it's heyday) was a place many kids got their start in programming.  Back when I was the Computer Marketing Manager of a store, we had a kid that always came in.  The kid was brilliant, so much so that he wrote the BBS the store ran on the second line after hours.  We eventually all chipped in and bought him his first modem for his birthday.  It's sad to see what Radio Shack became.



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Posted Fri Mar 11, 2016 3:21 PM

I can't remember which it was, but it was either the Apple ][ at school, or the Coleco ADAM at home.



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Posted Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:28 AM

I believe it was a Commodore Vic=20 I saw out on demo at the Montgomery Ward at Lincoln Mall. Very basic BASIC programs:

 

1 PRINT "HELLO"

2 GOTO 1

 

and something like

 

1 FOR A = 1 TO 10

2 PRINT "HELLO"

3 NEXT

 

They were printed on a card displayed next to the computer so you could try it out yourself.

And now I work on a major e-commerce web site, programming in HTML5, CSS, PHP, and JavaScript. Never did learn how to code games, though, but I'd love to. Just don't know how to do artiifical intelligence or I'd so jump into it.


Edited by Dauber, Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:30 AM.


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Posted Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:01 AM

Mine was a TRS-80 Model III and the first real game I programmed on it was an ASCII Sky/Plane bomber game to destroy buildings with falling 0s as bombs.... =D



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:17 AM

An Atari 600XL with a tape drive.

Then an 800XL with 1050 and then an ST.

Professionally it's all been PC stuff - DOS, Unix, Windows, etc.

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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:59 AM

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:

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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.

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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?

 

 

O.M.G!   I totally forgot that thing existed.   But seeing it brought back memories.



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:01 AM

I learned BASIC on a Commodore Pet at school.



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:30 AM

I learned BASIC on a Commodore Pet at school.

 

^^ pretty much this.  Every school in my area had PETs.  High school was all about Apple II.



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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:16 AM

My first programming experience was the TRS-80 Model I in Junior High School. From there the Timex Sinclair 1000, 600XL, and 800XL.

 

I wish I still had my tapes from the TS1000. At the time, I didn't have a lot of literature on how to program the machine so I figured it out on my own. Also, since there wasn't many type-in programs at the time in COMPUTE! Magazine, I would translate their Atari and Commodore programs to the TS1000.

 

I also wrote a number of other games. They were slow because of the TS1000 BASIC but they were entertaining when that's all I had at the time.

 

Guess I should have sent them in but I didn't know that was an option back then.



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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:58 AM

 

^^ pretty much this.  Every school in my area had PETs.  High school was all about Apple II.

 

clearly we went to the same school then ;)






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