Hello, my name is Paul and I have been involved in computers to some degree or another since buying a programmable TI calculator in 1976. My first contact with a full-sized computer was a friend’s TRS80 Model 1, Level 1 with 4K RAM and 4K ROM. Basic was so small that the only syntax errors were “What”, “How”, and “Sorry”. The 16K RAM expansion was $200 just for the chips.
Eventually I got a C64 along with the Programmers Reference Guide and learned all I could about the machine. I eventually had a BASIC program sold to Ahoy! magazine, Music Tutor. (which I was amazed to find online just recently).
Unlike many here, I wasn’t much of a gamer. I used the computer to learn to program, as a desktop machine for word processing, and to become involved online. The gaming I did was mostly INFOCOM, although I did have a soft spot for Lode Runner.
Like many here, I moved on to the Amiga 500, and spurred by a lack of dollars and a desire for a hard drive, I learned a bit of electronics, a bit of assembly, and a bit of C, which ended up being the Spartan SCSI interface which ended up as a DIY article in AC’s TECH for Amiga magazine, even being the cover story! amr.abime.net/issue_1710
Not long after, with no formal education, and my SCSI interface as a big part of my resume, I was hired as a software engineer at a major aerospace firm. I did eventually get a bachelors in computer science in order to cross the t’s and dot the i’s required for further advancement, but I have the C64 to thank for giving me the tools to change the trajectory of my life.
Hi all, my name is Jon, living in Gloucestershire UK. Been around the 'retro scene' for a good number of years. Been a bit of a hardware snob I have to say, only ever using original Commodore kit, as well as BBC B and Texas TI99/4A, but finally bit the bullet and got myself a full sized TheC64 - have to say I am loving it so far, and it's nice to not have that 'is today the day my 64 will die' feeling every time I turn it on Only just discovered this board so will have a good read through and will post if I have something useful to add!