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Posted: 2/21/2006 1:48:48 PM EDT
Way back in 1983, my dad bought me my first computer. It was $400. The monitor and the disk drive came later, after the cassette drive never worked. My sister's old Sony TV did for a monitor until the real one arrived.

It was the beloved Commodore 64:



Came in the following colorful box:



It was wonderful in that it took all of 3 seconds to boot up, resulting in the following friendly display:



Ah, yes! Hi-tech at its finest!

I still remember the POKE commands to change the color of the screen to something easier on the eyes.

It was wonderful to be able to directly program a computer without having to ask Bill Gate's permission or having to have a degree in Computer Science. All you needed was one of these:



I wrote all kinds of programs, including a nuclear silo simulation based on the Cold-War classic "WarGames". To say I had hours of fun with this thing would be a collosal understatement.

For you youngin's who are scratching your heads and wondering, "Cassette drive? WTF?", they looked like this:



But they were rapidly replaced by these little numbers:



Some of my favorite programs will follow in later posts.

Sigh.....
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 1:50:41 PM EDT
Loved mine. My first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000


Aviator
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 1:51:06 PM EDT


Set this as your wallpaper.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 1:51:08 PM EDT
Beach Head:








Link Posted: 2/21/2006 1:51:18 PM EDT
"Starcrossed" was my fave.

For my VIC-20, "chop;ifter" ruled.

Yep, I've been in the biz since I was a kid.

Disconnector
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 1:53:17 PM EDT
dig dug...for some reason i always loved that game.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 1:56:45 PM EDT
F-15 Strike Eagle:




Castle Wolfenstein:








Fort Apocalypse:







Impossible Mission:



Link Posted: 2/21/2006 1:56:50 PM EDT
If you're truley hardcore, you can download a free C64 emulator for your PC.

Check out CSS64. It works great . . . most of the older C64 games are available as binary blobs that you can load into CSS64. I replayed Starcrossed during my last vacation on my laptop.

I remember my first real computer program that I wrote on a C64. I still have the cassette.

Disconnector
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:01:04 PM EDT
Also remember . . .

"You are likely to be eaten by a grue"

A true classic

Disconnector
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:01:45 PM EDT
Choplifter:




Raid on Bungeling Bay:




Silent Service:








Frogger:

Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:02:51 PM EDT
Telengard was a great way to kill an afternoon.

Spy Hunter was one that we played a lot as well.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:04:28 PM EDT
ha,

my first computer was a Texas Instruments TI/99a. I once typed this HUGE progam into it from a computer magazine - took me hours! - and when I tried to run it, it didn't work and then it erased itself. First and last time I did that!

It's always good to go down Nostalgia lane with computers... I have some old MacUser magazines... It's funny seeing $3000 CD burners! (that was in the early 90s).
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:04:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/21/2006 2:06:15 PM EDT by jthuang]
Tag. I love the pics ... used to be a real addict back in the day.

Lode Runner
Jumpman
Jumpman Jr.
Bard's Tale
Zork I, II, III
Archon I, II
Yie Ar Kung Fu
Bruce Lee
Suicide Strike

Hell, I even went to Atari camp in 1983. I had an Atari 400 with a cassette drive.

PS does anyone remember the copy program Superclone?

Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:04:53 PM EDT
Missile Command:




Aztec Challenge:



(Best damned music in a C-64 game, BTW...)
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:06:14 PM EDT
Oh yea. I played some Ultima on my 64. I loved that game.

Then I upgrade to the 128 with the dual drive! Sweet!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:06:59 PM EDT
My first computer was an apple IIe, damn that was a long time ago.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:08:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/21/2006 2:10:06 PM EDT by Zaphod]
And finally, the creme de la creme:

RAID OVER MOSCOW!










THIS one I STILL miss!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:09:48 PM EDT
Commodore 64? They had 64-bit computers back then






I used to go to Rat Shack and dink around for hours with the TRS-80s -- never could quite save up the $400 to get one.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:10:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zaphod:
Choplifter:






Choplifter was a blast.

Did you ever play Nukewar? You could break the game, list and modify the code. It was what got me into programing.

I had an Atari 800. All my friends had Commodore 64s. One of my first jobs was selling computers.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:11:40 PM EDT
My first was an Atari 800xl with tape drive then disk drive. That thing rocked. Parents bought it for me and my sister when we were kids. We used to play games on that thing for hours.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:13:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zaphod:
And finally, the creme de la creme:

RAID OVER MOSCOW!



The last stage where you had to bounce the disc explosive into the back of the robot always got me. Fun game!!!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:13:55 PM EDT
Oh what a FLASHBACK !!!
I loved bungling bay, raid on moscow, jumpman, zorks, sword of fargoal etc...
BUT.....I NEED to find a game and a way to play it today, so I need someone's mad skilz.
It's a commodore 64 game by prickly pear software called "gangbusters"
I must have it again !!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:17:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/21/2006 2:18:26 PM EDT by Q3131A]
Zork I,II,III:

Me: Yell: "You Suck"
Computer: Talking to yourself is a sign of impending mental collapse.

ETA: It took us frekin' weeks to figure the silver rod was in the gun barrel. (That was Starcross)
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:17:33 PM EDT
My first too. I recently found that manual going through some old boxes.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:18:06 PM EDT
I've actually been contemplating buying a complete C-64 setup on e-Bay just to play those games again!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:21:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By macman37:
ha,

my first computer was a Texas Instruments TI/99a. I once typed this HUGE progam into it from a computer magazine - took me hours! - and when I tried to run it, it didn't work and then it erased itself. First and last time I did that!

It's always good to go down Nostalgia lane with computers... I have some old MacUser magazines... It's funny seeing $3000 CD burners! (that was in the early 90s).



I did the same thing in 7th grade with a TRS 80. I typed in this 50 page Star Trek program in BASIC and the dammed thing didn't work. I don't think I knew how to save my work either.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:23:05 PM EDT
My first computer was an apple IIe in about 1992.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:23:07 PM EDT
This was my first computer

Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:26:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dvr9:

Originally Posted By macman37:
ha,

my first computer was a Texas Instruments TI/99a. I once typed this HUGE progam into it from a computer magazine - took me hours! - and when I tried to run it, it didn't work and then it erased itself. First and last time I did that!

It's always good to go down Nostalgia lane with computers... I have some old MacUser magazines... It's funny seeing $3000 CD burners! (that was in the early 90s).



I did the same thing in 7th grade with a TRS 80. I typed in this 50 page Star Trek program in BASIC and the dammed thing didn't work. I don't think I knew how to save my work either.



I just thought about it...my first attempt at being a computer nerd failed miserably thank GOD!!!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 2:32:01 PM EDT
Tag
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 5:40:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dvr9:

Originally Posted By dvr9:

Originally Posted By macman37:
ha,

my first computer was a Texas Instruments TI/99a. I once typed this HUGE progam into it from a computer magazine - took me hours! - and when I tried to run it, it didn't work and then it erased itself. First and last time I did that!

It's always good to go down Nostalgia lane with computers... I have some old MacUser magazines... It's funny seeing $3000 CD burners! (that was in the early 90s).



I did the same thing in 7th grade with a TRS 80. I typed in this 50 page Star Trek program in BASIC and the dammed thing didn't work. I don't think I knew how to save my work either.



I just thought about it...my first attempt at being a computer nerd failed miserably thank GOD!!!



Hey watch it! Computer nerd have feelings too

Nerd and proud of it since 1983 . . . still pays the bills and lands the hot chickies.

Disconnector
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 5:59:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jthuang:
Tag. I love the pics ... used to be a real addict back in the day.

Lode Runner
Jumpman
Jumpman Jr.
Bard's Tale
Zork I, II, III
Archon I, II
Yie Ar Kung Fu
Bruce Lee
Suicide Strike

Hell, I even went to Atari camp in 1983. I had an Atari 400 with a cassette drive.

PS does anyone remember the copy program Superclone?






Superclone and Copy Q and Copy Q Nibble

I still have my complete setup in the closet. I had packed it away 20 years ago and my dad found it in the attic and gave it back to me during Christmas
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:03:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Aviator:
Loved mine. My first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000


Aviator



+1 I bought 3 and gave the other 2 to my sisters.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:05:13 PM EDT
This was my first computer:



Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:07:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/21/2006 6:08:50 PM EDT by Attman]
Much later - 25Mhz and 2mb RAM

Armor Alley

Edit - PS/2 didn't have 2MB RAM did it? 129mb drive already "double spaced".
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:08:02 PM EDT
The first computer I ever used was an IBM PS/2. At school I used an Apple IIGS, and an Apple IIe.

Apples were a pain to get used to back then(this was back in the early 90's). You'd turn the machine on, put the disk in, and then turn the disk over! WTF?


Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:11:06 PM EDT
I cut my teeth on this beauty:



Radio Shack TRS-80 Model III
Introduced: July 1980
Price: US $699 base model
US $2495 w/ 32K, dual drives.
CPU: Zilog Z-80, 2.03 MHz
RAM: 4K, 48K max.
Ports: Cassette tape, expansion, serial
Display: 12-inch B/W monitor: 64 X 16 text
Strorage: 0, 1, or 2 internal 178K floppy drives
External cassette @ 500 / 1500 baud
OS: BASIC in ROM, TRS-DOS on disk
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:11:54 PM EDT
All your base are belong to us!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:14:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
This was my first computer:

www.abc80.net/pics/IBM_PS1_big.jpg




That was my fourth. Bought it in 1991 and upgraded it to a 386 in 1992.

It was wonderful in that the screen fit perfectly into the small desk in my stateroom aboard ship.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:15:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/21/2006 6:17:35 PM EDT by Zaphod]

Originally Posted By 1911ar-15:
I cut my teeth on this beauty:

oldcomputers.net/pics/trs80-iii.jpg





I remember wanting one of those BAD, but Dad got me the C-64.

Good choice!


ETA:

He was looking at this one before the C-64 came out:



TRS-80 Color Computer
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:19:07 PM EDT
Radio Shack model 4 with a printer...we financed it and I think the loan was close to $4K...
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:19:14 PM EDT
When I was a kid, I rember playing Oregon Trail on an IBM like Red Beard's.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:19:42 PM EDT
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:19:45 PM EDT
My first computer: Apple IIe
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:22:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Aviator:
Loved mine. My first computer was a Timex Sinclair 1000


Aviator



Me too. Daisy-chaining 4K rampacks. I still have the cassette deck I used as a "hard drive". LOL
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:24:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zaphod:
Missile Command:

www.gb64.com/Screenshots/M/Missile_Command.gif


Aztec Challenge:

62.168.142.47/~lemon/games/screenshots/full/aztec_challenge_02.gif

(Best damned music in a C-64 game, BTW...)



Then you will love this trailer for Aztec Challengewww.player1.de/avcstecchallenge/trailer.wmv
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:25:43 PM EDT
I have an Apple IIGS set up here.
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:27:09 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zaphod:
Way back in 1983, my dad bought me my first computer. It was $400. The monitor and the disk drive came later, after the cassette drive never worked. My sister's old Sony TV did for a monitor until the real one arrived.

It was the beloved Commodore 64:

people.clarkson.edu/~johndan/datacloud/images/commodore_64.jpg

Came in the following colorful box:

www.granneman.com/images/Commodore_64_Box.jpgwww.obsoletecomputermuseum.org/c64/scott09.jpg

It was wonderful in that it took all of 3 seconds to boot up, resulting in the following friendly display:

www.obsoletecomputermuseum.org/c64/c64_ss.gif

Ah, yes! Hi-tech at its finest!

I still remember the POKE commands to change the color of the screen to something easier on the eyes.

It was wonderful to be able to directly program a computer without having to ask Bill Gate's permission or having to have a degree in Computer Science. All you needed was one of these:

www.scuzz.org.uk/amiga/a_scuzz_nov13/a_scuzz_nov14_64.jpg

I wrote all kinds of programs, including a nuclear silo simulation based on the Cold-War classic "WarGames". To say I had hours of fun with this thing would be a collosal understatement.

For you youngin's who are scratching your heads and wondering, "Cassette drive? WTF?", they looked like this:

usuarios.lycos.es/putusoft/c64/graficos/c64cassette.jpg

But they were rapidly replaced by these little numbers:

www.digibarn.com/collections/systems/commodore-sx-64/Image16.jpg

Some of my favorite programs will follow in later posts.

Sigh.....



I still have my C-128. I bought my first C-64 in '83 as well. Sold it a few years later to finance the 128. I also bought two 1571 disk drives, but only have one left. I have my original Commodore monitor as well, and a boat-load of games.

The first programs I wrote was also in basic on the c64. When I bought the 128, it opened the world of CP/M to me.

Ahhh, CP/M.

-k
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:30:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By WildBoar:
Then you will love this trailer for Aztec Challengewww.player1.de/avcstecchallenge/trailer.wmv






That's great!
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:37:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/21/2006 6:38:21 PM EDT by danpass]
Link Posted: 2/21/2006 6:42:12 PM EDT
VIC20 with expansion board and cassette drive. I remember typing in Basic code for hours only to have the program hang when I'd try to run it. Damn, I miss those days.
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