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Old 11-22-2014, 07:22 PM
 
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So was I - had 4 or 5 of them as they kept dying on me.
We used to put fans under them, had the same one for years.
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:37 AM
 
Location: A safe distance from San Francisco
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Yeah, I had several I bought for parts and a book to service it. I got the games/apps from a mail order software house and they're good stuff. Most of them were cracked.

Here's the games on YouTube.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY2gK1MPgh8
That video is a reminder to me that I never even scratched the surface of all the C64 games that were available. Most of those I had never seen....and that was by design. Shooters and the like are a dime a dozen and leave me cold. I always went for the simulation, strategy, and sports games.

My favorites were....

Acrojet
Chuck Yeager's Flight Trainer
F-15 Strike Eagle
Flight Simulator II
Hardball!
Kennedy Approach
Leaderboard
Out Run
Pitstop
Pole Position
Project: Stealth Fighter
Red Storm Rising
Solo Flight

Paperboy was one my kids liked and asked me to get for them and it was fun, too.
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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So was I - had 4 or 5 of them as they kept dying on me. I loved them nonetheless and learned so much from them - programming, spreadsheets, all kinds of stuff - and some of those games were better conceptually than much of what is produced today.

Fond memories.
Exactly! Learning (and teaching others) how computers work was so so so easy. The logic was in-your-face simple with BASIC and DOS once the languages were learned -- and the inch-thick book listing commands was always convenient (as opposed to the four-inch thick book I bought to learn Java). I learned how to program and became the family guru. Life was great with humans controlling every moment of the computer's workings. Then came Windows, and I started to learn 3.1, but before I knew that OS inside out and backwards, along came 95, then ME, then Vista, then XP, and well, you all know the progression. So, yeah, I got left in the dust :-)

If I saw a 486 at a yard sale, I'd grab it. For the nostalgia. For the sake of reviving my confidence to remember that I once did understand how computers work and that they worked for me and not the other way around :-) I still have some 5.25 floppies kicking around (some have become coffee mug coasters, but there are others neatly stored in their sleeves). And I still have my BASIC books.
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:33 AM
 
Location: A safe distance from San Francisco
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Exactly! Learning (and teaching others) how computers work was so so so easy. The logic was in-your-face simple with BASIC and DOS once the languages were learned -- and the inch-thick book listing commands was always convenient (as opposed to the four-inch thick book I bought to learn Java). I learned how to program and became the family guru. Life was great with humans controlling every moment of the computer's workings. Then came Windows, and I started to learn 3.1, but before I knew that OS inside out and backwards, along came 95, then ME, then Vista, then XP, and well, you all know the progression. So, yeah, I got left in the dust :-)

If I saw a 486 at a yard sale, I'd grab it. For the nostalgia. For the sake of reviving my confidence to remember that I once did understand how computers work and that they worked for me and not the other way around :-) I still have some 5.25 floppies kicking around (some have become coffee mug coasters, but there are others neatly stored in their sleeves). And I still have my BASIC books.
Great post - thank you!

I didn't get as far as you did with programming as mine pretty much ended with the 64. But I wrote several graphically simple games for me and the kids that just weren't done commercially. And we had loads of fun.

The part that I highlighted is lost on the kids today, but I hear you and agree. Some of the best software ever written was done in the early days and, generally, it has gone downhill from there. Most of the new stuff that the kids think is such a must have today is designed for no other purpose but to empty their pockets of their last dime.
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Old 11-27-2014, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Madrid, Spain
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Retro logical increments
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