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 Post subject: R.I.P. - Jack Tramiel
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:05 AM 
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Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore International and former CEO of Atari International, died on Sunday at the age of 83. He was surrounded by family at the time of his passing, according to Forbes.


My computing days started off with the Vic 20 then the C-64. Anyone else remember these gems?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:31 PM 
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I had the same upgrade path. I started with a Vic 20 then upgraded to the Commodore 64. Oh the days of writing BASIC and saving it to a tape recorder...


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You had the tape recorder? :-( I couldn't save anything because I just had RAM.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:41 PM 
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Vanamar wrote:
You had the tape recorder? :-( I couldn't save anything because I just had RAM.


Yeah I had the Commodore branded tape recorder. It plugged into the computer and allowed you to save the programs you wrote. However it took several minutes to save a file that did something as simple as attempt to play blackjack (bad random number generator)


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lucky... I wrote so many programs that I could never save. :(

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I remember sitting at a damn Color Computer 2 poring over those damn tapes and trying to fix a game with no damn debugger :-/. Not sure how much better the C64 was but you definitely had to learn patience.


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I learned BASIC on an Apple II/e in my grandfather's kitchen, and on a C64 in the back of my 2nd grade classroom. The Apple IIGS blew my mind -- full color! (The C64 managed ANSI and early CGA...)

That's all prologue though, I didn't really get into things until we got an 8088 the following year. It was different having a computer you could upgrade yourself.


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I had a Ti-80 then went to C-64. then C-128 !


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Whoa. I don't think grandma is aware her kitchen led to my career. I should call her.


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I recall hours of entering in machine code for some game you saw in a computer magazine, couldn't go to a store and get a game back then, remember how much fun it was when you were done and the game would not work cause one number was off, or power cycled in the house in the middle of something.

I remember downloading a desktop program for my C64 from a university computer, it was cool, had a garbage can for deleting the files and long before windows came out. I built a mouse to run that program from parts I picked up from radioshack, could not even buy a mouse back then.

The last word processor I had for the C64 was amazing, simply because of the auto save feature.

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I remember getting a floppy drive (5 1/4") for my C=64 then a second drive. I'd go online with my 300 baud modem to Q-link and other BBS sites and download games like Test Drive and F-15 Strike Eagle.

I remember having GEOS as my first introduction to a "windows" type OS (it was amazing what they could do with 64K RAM)

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My first computer was a C64 as well.

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krby71 wrote:
I remember getting a floppy drive (5 1/4") for my C=64 then a second drive. I'd go online with my 300 baud modem to Q-link and other BBS sites and download games like Test Drive and F-15 Strike Eagle.

I remember having GEOS as my first introduction to a "windows" type OS (it was amazing what they could do with 64K RAM)

I am so old


Ah, GEOS that was the name I was looking for. I am sure Bill Gates stole that idea for his windows desktop.

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I had an Atari 130 XE, then I had an Amiga 500.


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