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An interesting video about computers from .. The 8bit Guy

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Post by KernSpy » Sun Feb 14, 2016 9:46 am

I remember the days of using tape recorders with
old Tandy & Commodore machines. They didn't
seem all that slow back then. :laugh:

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Post by Richard » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:18 pm

KernSpy wrote:I remember the days of using tape recorders with
old Tandy & Commodore machines. They didn't
seem all that slow back then. :laugh:
I had a floppy drive.
I would start a save of a 200 Kb Multiplan spreadsheet, go get a cup of coffee,
walk around a bit and come back to the Save near completed.
It wasn't slow, that's was the way it worked. :)
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Post by Eadwine Rose » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:23 pm

Tape here with the commodore machine. And floppy drive later on. It wasn't slow.. we had a computer! :smile:
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Post by NGIB » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:46 pm

I taught myself programming on a Commodore Vic-20 and it led me to a 20 year career as "the computer guy". Best $200 I ever spent...
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Post by timkb4cq » Sun Feb 14, 2016 12:54 pm

I had tape players with my Sinclair ZX-81 & later a Commodore 64. They were slow, but still faster than the punched paper tape reader/writers on the teletype terminals for the DEC PDP8 I used in high School!

I did get a 1541 disk drive for the C=64 when I could afford it. That was a Huge improvement.
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Post by lucky9 » Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:33 pm

The old Zenith I was gifted by my brother was a barn-burner with duel Floppies. I used 1.2 KB disks if I remember correctly. That Zenith cost well over a $1000 new with CGA monitor.
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Post by richb » Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:53 pm

My first computer circa 1980, Heathkit H89 kit all in one. 100K floppy, 16K Ram. 12 inch black and white display. Fun to build and fun to run with CP/M OS. Anybody remember Supercalc and Wordstar? I was riding high.

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Post by timkb4cq » Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:29 pm

I still have a copy of Wordstar for msdos from back in the XT clone days. I did a lot of writing and editing with it.
When I first tried Linux I used Joe as a text editor instead of vi or Emacs because Joe uses Wordstar commands.
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Post by Gordon Cooper » Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:50 pm

I too used Wordstar, on a Sanyo (550 I think) with a single sided 160K 5 inch floppy, and 25K of RAM. Prior to that it was learning machine
language and the fundamentals of programming on a development board with input from a row of toggle switches, 8 bits at a time.
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Post by KernSpy » Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:35 pm

Yes, I used wordstar for dos and like it. I also used to use a tiny editor called NE (Norton Editor) and used the "LIST" program for viewing files. NE was setup to call LIST when on the fly editing was required.

Did anyone else drill floppy disk? I still got a whole bunch of 720 disk that were drilled. :laugh:

I think my first stab at Linux was in 94 / 95. A friend and I decided to try it together. I used Joe and he went with VI.
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