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About X99User

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  1. Hi all, I have been lurking here quite a lot recently, so I thought it was time to introduce myself and say "hi". My first ever computer was a TI99/4a in about 1983. At that time, I frankly considered buying it a mistake, because of limited availability of software and the very expensive accessories that were necessary to do practically anything beyond BASIC programming and playing games. I had a console, Extended Basic cartridge and that was it. I sold it quite quickly, bought a succession of Sinclair Spectrums, then a Sinclair QL, Atari ST and since the early 1990s, various PCs and Macs. I program for a living, so I suppose the TI deserves some credit for teaching me programming. Anyway, I have recently rediscovered the TI via Classic99, after barely thinking about it since I got rid of mine in the mid-1980s. I have been trying the various programming environments (various Basics, P-Code Pascal, Assembly, Fortran and Forth) as well as a few games (I was astounded to see that someone had ported some Ultimate games to the TI!). I have also been reading this forum and elsewhere. While I knew that the TI could be a reasonably capable machine if you added enough bits to it, I hadn't realised what a bizarre architecture it had I find myself quite hooked on it. D.
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