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2000-05-05 17:01:38+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Via BradLands, a trip down memory lane: Anyone else remember Beagle Bros software for the Apple ][? My fingers were wired for G.P.L.E. for the longest time, and a friend and I even worked up a two liner for one of their contests, a lame lo-res Space Invaders type game (that didn't win anything). Plus, say what you will about modern day web design, the absolutely coolest graphic design themes of any software company, ever. And their Peeks and Pokes chart was a necessity for any AppleSoft programmer. And they had great suggestions for floppy disk care (do kids these days even know what a 5.25" floppy was? Damn, programming was really fun back then. I mean, it's still got its moments, but...

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:29:58+00 by: ebradway

The last time I spent any real effort memorizing information about a computer was the VIC-20 memory map. I think I can still change the screen color: poke 49152, 8 I think that will make the screen black! Sad the things we carry around. But this is one of the many reasons I don't bother with certifications: the test usually involve alot of rote memorization of information that will be deprecated faster than I can consume beer to kill the brain cells. In retrospect, I really wish the VIC-20 and C-64 had a richer BASIC. Other than the basic language constructs, FOR..NEXT, IF..THEN, GOTO, GOSUB, etc., you had to PEEK and POKE to do anything. And this was on a system with separate sound and graphic processors. I guess Commodore expected everyone to learn 6502 assembly if they wanted to do anything interesting.