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    Originally posted by suityou01 View Post
    Sounds a bit like angry birds.
    MP or MS ?


      PC all the way for me. Introduced to both games and coding on an Amstrad 1512 running MSDOS 3 (I think it was 3.3, I was only 5). I remember WordStar, a program my dad wrote to teach me arithmetic in return for sweets, and coding a program which played Christmas Carols in GW-BASIC, using a book of recorder music for the notes.
      Originally posted by MaryPoppins
      I'd still not breastfeed a nazi
      Originally posted by vetran
      Urine is quite nourishing


        VIC-20, when I was about 10 years old.

        I started off with reading the BASIC manual that came with it, doing pokes, dokes, peeks and deeks to change the background/border colours, then did a shop till type program where you enter a product code and it adds up the total and outputs products bought on screen (all hardcoded of course!)

        Them we're the days...
        Contracting: more of the money, less of the sh1t


          Funny this thread came up. I found my Vic20 at my parents house over xmas and brought it home. Still in box, cassette player, joystick, the works. Was showing the kids how much fun it was which I am sure you can imagine went down like a sinking ship. Had fun for an hour and then it went up in the loft probably never to be seen for another 20 years.
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            Originally posted by mudskipper View Post
            Dragon 32.

            Wrote an address book - a very long 'if' statement with all the addresses hardcoded. Mind you, I saw some not dissimilar code in a commercial environment recently!
            Er, yeah, sorry about that. Old habits 'n' all that...

            Originally posted by DaveB View Post
            BBC Model B after that, then discovered video games (Elite) and decided coding was too much like hard work. A view reinforced when I got to Uni and did a CIS degree.
            Apart from VAX Macro and FORTRAN on a PDP11-23, the BBC Model B with cassette (the dreaded CRC error!) and then hard drive for me too. However, BASIC and assembler and peeking and poking into Elite seemed far more interesting than becoming a Process Engineer at a major oilco. The rest, as they say, is histrionics.

            Still got the old Beeb Micro - and it still works!
            If you think my attitude stinks, you should smell my fingers.


              Mighta been a commodore 64 - one of those speedy things with a tape machine which gave you coloured lines across yr TV; 'game loading'...then didn't.

              Giving them a 2nd chance, I quickly updated to yet another Commodore (I think) Amiga...now that was a machine!
              Clarity is everything


                VIC-20! I remember that, although will trump it with an Elliot 405.

                Slow, but look on the bright side. 20 minutes loading the operating system on paper tape followed by another 20 loading the compiler was a great excuse for not doing any real work! Math simulation of coal milling equipment! Nothing has advanced humanity to the same extent since!

                Actually, I am exaggerating my modernity. 1st computers I used were all analogue.

                If everything isn't black and white, I say, 'Why the hell not?'
                John Wayne (My guru, not to be confused with my beloved prophet Jeremy Clarkson)


                  Gave all my old computer stuff to an a geeky acquaintance who collects that sort of thing. A 240cps 110V modem/printer, ZX81, Spectrum, 2 Qls, an Amiga. I will be really annoyed if it ends up worth summit! Is it too late to demand it back?

                  If everything isn't black and white, I say, 'Why the hell not?'
                  John Wayne (My guru, not to be confused with my beloved prophet Jeremy Clarkson)


                    Originally posted by xoggoth View Post
                    I will be really annoyed if it ends up worth summit! Is it too late to demand it back?
                    Chart of the Day: From $400K Macs to $23K iPods

                    ZX Spectrum +2 for me.


                      As a child, I spent most Saturday afternoon's in WH Smith or Boots programming their Dragon 32s and ZX Spectrums to play annoyingly loud sounds on an endless loop. Sad I know

                      Eventually after a lot of begging at the age of 13, my Dad bought me a ZX Spectrum for around 130 quid. A lot of money in those days. Cue nostalgic memories of dual cassette decks and hacking fastloaders with Z80 machine code.

                      My degree project was actually done on a Commodore Amiga 500. Nowdays, your average toaster has more processing power.

                      For some ZX Spectrum nostalgia, check this, complete with the 2 colour sprite limitation:

                      Last edited by SantaClaus; 25 January 2014, 21:49.
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