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Old 03-05-2009, 01:40 PM
 
Location: MN
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I still have two C64;s I have been thinking of getting them out one of these days.. LOL
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Old 03-05-2009, 03:58 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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Oh geez. I wonder what ever happened to mine...

The first time after that that I had a PC was not until I was a grown person. Maybe I was 25 or so, so about ten years ago. I think I am on my third computer if I am not mistaken.
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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First modem was 300 baud (1983) and soon replaced with 1200, then 2400, finally 9600. Had accounts on several BBSs. FidoNet was great; I think it still exists. My first big service account was on Genie, a service like Prodigy or CompuServe run by GE.
I used Genie while living in Hawaii during the mid to late 80's. If using a 300 baud modem wasn't bad enough, our phone service kept dropping the signal during long program downloads. And this was BEFORE zmodem came out where you could resume downloading where you left off.
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Old 03-05-2009, 11:37 PM
 
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I gave my daughter an Atari 800 for her 5th birthday (yes, that was the excuse ) and she is now 36

First modem was a screaming 300 baud, still faster than I could type, but not my much. Local BBS's, and there was a service I can't remember the name of that allowed you to dial into a local modem, then gain control of a modem in a different city, and my manually typing Hayes commands, dial into BBS's in major cities.

When the 16 bit Atari came out the "ST" I debated about remaining on that path or making the leap to a 'real PC'. Ended up spending a lot of money on a 386DX PC with an unimaginable 1 Meg and a 40 Meg hard drive (RLL) and EGA graphics.
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Old 03-06-2009, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Boardman, OH
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I still have my C64! And as far as I know, it still works, (haven't used since I moved here). Never did any BBS with it, but played a ton of games. Like most C64 users, I've got a ton of bootleg stuff. I kept all my disks in their paper slips and then in plastic file containers, so they really haven't degraded at all.
Had PC's for a while, then I got my first Mac about 3 years ago, on my second and don't see going back to Windows, (well full time anyway).
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:02 PM
 
Location: WV
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My first computer was a c64, too! I wonder what we did with it.....
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:40 AM
 
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I had a C64 when I was a kid - dot matrix printer and all. Okidata I think.

I remember programming the little color changing bouncing ball a million times...and playing very bad, bad games on it!
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Old 03-14-2009, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Yes, I remember the C64 fondly. The Games series from Epyonx (I think), Beachhead II, Bruce Lee and a ton of other good games.

It's fun to use the emulator. You can get it at CCS64 - A Commodore 64 Emulator - By Per Håkan Sundell (http://www.computerbrains.com/ccs64/ - broken link)
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Old 03-17-2009, 08:23 PM
 
Location: SE MO
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TRS-80, Vic-20, C-64, etc. Nothing beats buying a game on a cassette tape, lol. Or storing your programs on a tape only to accidentally record over it when taping a song off the radio... wow talk about jumping in the wayback machine.
Wow. These computers bring back memories. My 1st computer was a TI-64P programmable calculator. I was hooked! From there I advaned to a TRS-80 Model I. I got the first one sold in the SE USA in 1978. It was like $400 for the B&W tv they called a monitor. It was like $1,500 for a 4k memory computer, modem, monitor, cables and cassette tape recorder. Remember the hardware modification that showed lower case characters without lower decenders? Upgrade to 64K and wrote a number of programs. Learned by typing in a lot of magazine code. Wrote a number of Z-80 assembly lang programs. One was a spooler for the dot matrix printer and another a better interface for the 300 baud modem. The Z-80 was a nice little CPU. Gave my kids a C-64 for Xmas. It had color and I was jealous.

Remember the Tandy 'laptop'? Had one. Eight lines of text and 64 characters long. My buddy got a TRS Model III but I bested him with a Model 12 with 8" diskette! Don't remember the memory or diskette storage amount. But 512k of memory and 64k of storage comes to mind. The guy around the cornor had an Apple that could create sound on the TV. If you type in a number and held the phone receive up to the TV speaker, it would dial the number via beeps. Amazing. Over time learned COBOL and Fortran using the Model 12. While learning IBM 360/370 assembly, card punched a deck that invited a rather cute girl out for drinks. She fells for it and we got married! She later brought a MacIntosh with its fancy graphics. Wouldn't let me use it.

Went to class for the IBM 286 computer. It was an 'advanced' class. The 286 had a sound program that could create sounds at a given frequency. Being deaf at frequencies above 3000k, I wondered why the instructor continued to glare at me. I thought the cmd didn't work.

What memories. That TI-64P so shaped my life. The ability to describe to a machine how to process input turned into a 30+ year career for me. My "playing with the computer" paid lots of alimony, child support and provided a great life for me! Thanks for the memories.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:16 AM
 
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The 64 was the first computer we ever had.I was probably 7 or 8...
I still remember the Load *8 or whatever it was you had to type to boot it.
There was alot of cool games for its time.
I bet those things cost 600-800$ when they came out,im not 100% sure.

That was load"*",8,1
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