-- Chris Cason
ps Oh yeah, the other lovely 'feature' about the TRS-80 Model 1 was they didn't
bother building in a lower-case font SO YOU HAD TO TYPE EVERYTHING IN UPPER
CASE LIKE THIS. what a design!
pps who remembers 'Android Nim' ? Eliza ? Scriptsit ?
Ahh nostalga... How did I come to be a Database Programmer?
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Cool, mine only had 48K RAM, but at least I was eventually able to get an
expansion interface and disk drives - stored about 100K on each disk I
And what a graphics machine they were with 128x48 b&w pixels!
: -- Chris Cason
: ps Oh yeah, the other lovely 'feature' about the TRS-80 Model 1 was they
: bother building in a lower-case font SO YOU HAD TO TYPE EVERYTHING IN UPPER
: CASE LIKE THIS. what a design!
Ahh well you obviously didn't get the hardware lowercase mod which allowed
it to display lowercase with descenders! Of course you had to load a
lowercase driver from tape everytime you wanted something to actually use
: pps who remembers 'Android Nim' ? Eliza ? Scriptsit ?
Vaguely remember Android. Hated Eliza. :) Didn't use Scripsit much.
How about that BASIC game 'Taipan'? and of course 'Galaxy Invasion'
complete with sound effects out the tape port. I remember my joy when I
heard the digitised speech in 'Robot Attack.'
What was the original topic anyway? :) Ahh the good old days.
Still remember... first time was with the program VU3D, a wireframe animationQuote:>Ahh nostalga... How did I come to be a Database Programmer?
As you said, ahh, nostalgia...
"I never wanted to be a games programmer... I wanted to be a lumberjack!"
These are MY opinions: my employer thinks I'm working.
> I remember whan a TRS-80 Model 1 based on a 1 mHz Z80 8-bit processor was
> considered a usable computer. sigh. maybe I should dig up an old TRS M1 and
> port POV-Ray to it ? Shucks, I know it's only got 64k of RAM, but I could
> always use the tape drive for swap ... (:-) [old joke, I know ...]
> -- Chris Cason
> ps Oh yeah, the other lovely 'feature' about the TRS-80 Model 1 was they didn't
> bother building in a lower-case font SO YOU HAD TO TYPE EVERYTHING IN UPPER
> CASE LIKE THIS. what a design!
> pps who remembers 'Android Nim' ? Eliza ? Scriptsit ?
Then moved up to a TS 2068 with a whopping 72k RAM and sound and pixel
based graphics. Wow. I was impressed. That was when I got hooked on
computer graphics. My families first PC was had a mono-text display and I
was really disappointed because it couldn't do graphics. I remember being
really thrilled when we got CGA and I could write graphics programs in BASIC.
> -- Chris Cason
:) I remember haveing similar problems. That and spending hours with
graph paper and a calculator calculating the points. I also remember
getting so angry at the 128 having a built in sprite editor because it
was "cheating" ok not all that upset...:)
Heck, I wrote my first graphics program on a Model ASR-33 teletype
in about 1966. The first program I wrote was in binary (1's and 0's)
on an IBM 650 in about 1959.
This also existed for Apple ][ and I played it for many hours. It'sQuote:>How about that BASIC game 'Taipan'?
This is all making me feel old, when I'm not. Cheers, Andreas.
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(403) 220-8792 Micronet Research Group \ a pound of antipasto, would they
Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering \ cancel out, leaving him still
http://www-mddsp.enel.ucalgary.ca/People/adilger/ hungry?" -- Dogbert
>> I remember whan a TRS-80 Model 1 based on a 1 mHz Z80 8-bit processor was
>> considered a usable computer. sigh. maybe I should dig up an old TRS M1 and
>> port POV-Ray to it ? Shucks, I know it's only got 64k of RAM, but I could
>> -- Chris Cason
>. . . So did you write anything graphical for the TRS-80? Were you into
>graphics at that point? or only later on? I remember there was a
>program that always drew diagonal lines on the TRS-80 in the R.S. stores.
>kinda like a screen saver. Looked like it could do some kind of pixel
>(well, *fat* pixels of one color :) ) graphics . .
-- Chris Cason
PS that TRS80 program that drew diagonal lines, as I recall, was called
Since the TRS-80 had limited sound capabilities, one of the earliest 'sound
effect' programs that I heard took advantage of the RFI generated by the
machine, and played music on the radio. You'd put the radio next to the
keyboard, turn it onto an unused frequency, and the program would modulate the
inteference generated ! I recall there was a * game that generated its
sound effects that way.
Then there was another program that used to modulate the disk drive heads to
make music ...
-- Chris Cason
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