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Hello from Florida!

Post by Baber64 » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:17 pm

Hello, I am a lifelong Commodore 64 user, game player, and programmer. A timeline for me:

1983: My first computer was a Timex/Sinclair 1000 (the American name) with a 16k expansion pack. I taught myself BASIC computer programming on this little wonder, although I hated to lose everything when I jiggled the expansion pack! I learned how to make text adventures using IF-THEN statements, which I saved to a cassette tape for my friends to play.

1984-1985: My father bought me a complete Commodore 64 system with 1541 disk drive, Wico Joystick, and Commodore 1702 Color Monitor. I played F15 Eagle over and over again, as well as some games my friends had traded to me like Ms. Pac-Man. I learned how to POKE the assembly language code to give myself infinite lives on that game. I learned BASIC and Assembly language thanks to American magazines like Compute! Compute's Gazette, and AHOY. Getting a new issue each month was our internet!

1986-1991: I had to sell my C64 system, and a year later my mother bought me a 64C system (the pretty white case) with Indus GT disk drive and Seikosha VC-1000 printer (with Near Letter Quality printing).

I used my 64 to make Loderunner levels and my own games such as "The Dungeon 1985".

1992-1996: With the C64 fading in popularity and utility, I continued to use it by making game modules for Stuart Smith's Adventure Construction Set.

1997-1998: Obtaining a 1541-to-PC cable from a cottage industry company in Hungary, I transferred all of my Commodore 64 into digital D64 format onto my Windows PC. This severed my physical connection to the Commodore 64 world. I retain some programming manuals, a box of floppy disks, and an Amiga joystick (what they made before the Amiga computer).

Today I work in Aerospace and have fond memories of my Commodore 64 programming days.

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Re: Hello from Florida!

Post by merman » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:39 pm

Welcome

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Re: Hello from Florida!

Post by eslapion » Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:54 pm

Hello to Florida!

I learned BASIC in 1982 on a TRS-80 but I really got my first computer in late 1983 when my parents bought me a VIC-20. I got my C64 in 1985.

Personally, I am more interested in the electronics aspects of the VIC-20 and C64 than the programming aspect. I now have an electrical engineering degree.

Welcome to Melon64.
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Re: Hello from Florida!

Post by Baber64 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:58 am

Thanks. I also used a TRS-80, those were classic integrated designs. Kind of like the Pet. Our school had whole classrooms of TRS-80s (which we pronounced "Trash-80".)

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Post by Zippy Zapp » Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:18 pm

Welcome, nice story.
Baber64 wrote:
Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:58 am
Thanks. I also used a TRS-80, those were classic integrated designs. Kind of like the Pet. Our school had whole classrooms of TRS-80s (which we pronounced "Trash-80".)
haha. My High School also had TRS-80's, the models with the Black and White screen. I think Model III. We also had Pets and oddly enough the Library had Apple II's, but not the computer lab. Our computer lab was very small. I had friends that owned the TRS-80 they, and some of the Radio Shack people I knew also called it the Trash-80. Funny.

My first computer was a VIC-20 that my parents bought in 1981. I used that with a dattasette until early/mid 1983 when my Dad bought a C64 setup with 1702, 1541 and Commodore Printer. By the time my Junior year rolled around in 85 there was no shortage of people to swap disks with. It was great because I had friends at other high schools that would swap with their friends so we ended up with tons of new stuff every week. The biggest problem then was affording the blank disks as they were not exactly cheap in the early 80's. One person I swapped with had a dad that worked at Dysan so he always gave me stuff on free disks which was cool. Good memories for sure.
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Re: Hello from Florida!

Post by Baber64 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:40 pm

Yes, we re-used those floppy disks until they couldn't work anymore.

I have uploaded some C64 games in the software area (shameless plug!) that I made over the years. Enjoy!

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