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  •  Pixxer-son wanted a game machine, and got (3+ / 0-)
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    NYFM, LordMike, cybersaur

    $100 for his birthday, which we considered much too much for a child to decide about without counsel. We suggested he put it towards a computer, and we would pay the rest, but it had to be a computer you could program, not just one that would play what you plugged in.

    That was how we got our first C64. I sat down and tried to write a quick program based on my knowledge of Fortran. X=X+1 worked, and we were off and running :)

    The Sprites were fabulous - a little screen-independent graphic that you could easily program to fly around. The fact that you could 'poke' anything you wanted into any place in memory spoiled me rotten. When I saw an early Mac, I totally hated its nanny-state attitude - LET ME IN! GIVE ME A @%)$(*&@ COMMAND LINE!!!!

    We spent many hours playing Firefighter as a family, and pixxer-son had many other games he loved. We had a Frogger-derivitave called "Logger", and I figured out how to delete areas of the game in memory - an early molecular biology technique. I managed to get logs running down a freeway instead of down a river at one point.

    Still have those old computers out back in a waterproof shed...

    "Maybe this is how empires die - their citizens just don't deserve to be world leaders anymore." -Kossack Puddytat, In a Comment 18 Sept 2011

    by pixxer on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 06:45:46 PM PDT

    •  LOL! (3+ / 0-)
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      LordMike, pixxer, BusyinCA
      LET ME IN! GIVE ME A @%)$(*&@ COMMAND LINE!!!!


      It drives me crazy that students that come to work for us can't do anything that isn't wrapped in a GUI. It really limits what you can do with data.

      Maybe R and iPython may start changing the paradigm for students learning technical computing. I sure hope so.

      •  But ... (2+ / 0-)
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        LordMike, pixxer

        The Mac offered some of the first true multiwindow IDE environments, I'm thinking of MacPascal and True Basic back c. 1985. In a way this really opened things up for technical computing.

        And OS X is pretty cool in its access to the Unix under the hood and X Windows) as the core of the OS, with X Windows now included as an option when you build the OS.

        Reminds me why I still like Apple, although I refuse to take on the data charges for all the fancy devices they offer now.

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