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Offline Grumpmeister

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30 years on
« on: April 23, 2012, 06:37:51 PM »
This was my first computer, lost count of how many joysticks we went through playing Daly Thiompson's Decathlon  cloud9:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17776666

I remember spending most of a day programming it to play a piece of classical music I found the code for in the manual. 
You know, I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe

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Re: 30 years on
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012, 05:27:40 AM »
This was my first computer, lost count of how many joysticks we went through playing Daly Thiompson's Decathlon  cloud9:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17776666

I remember spending most of a day programming it to play a piece of classical music I found the code for in the manual.

Bah! My first puter was a ZX80....  whistle:
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Re: 30 years on
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2012, 08:12:36 AM »
This was my first computer, lost count of how many joysticks we went through playing Daly Thiompson's Decathlon  cloud9:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17776666

I remember spending most of a day programming it to play a piece of classical music I found the code for in the manual.

Bah! My first puter was a ZX80....  whistle:

Well, this was mine:


"Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end." 

Well, someone had to say it!

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Re: 30 years on
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2012, 08:14:15 AM »
This was my first computer, lost count of how many joysticks we went through playing Daly Thiompson's Decathlon  cloud9:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17776666

I remember spending most of a day programming it to play a piece of classical music I found the code for in the manual.

Bah! My first puter was a ZX80....  whistle:

Well, this was mine:




Well, this was mine....  whistle:

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Re: 30 years on
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2012, 08:23:07 AM »
This was my first computer, lost count of how many joysticks we went through playing Daly Thiompson's Decathlon  cloud9:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17776666

I remember spending most of a day programming it to play a piece of classical music I found the code for in the manual.

Bah! My first puter was a ZX80....  whistle:

Well, this was mine:




Well, this was mine....  whistle:



But that's not a computer! And, it's not even yours!! (unless you have a detachable cranium - maybe there's something LL's not telling us?)
"Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end." 

Well, someone had to say it!

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Re: 30 years on
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2012, 08:33:10 AM »
This was my first computer, lost count of how many joysticks we went through playing Daly Thiompson's Decathlon  cloud9:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17776666

I remember spending most of a day programming it to play a piece of classical music I found the code for in the manual.

Bah! My first puter was a ZX80....  whistle:

Well, this was mine:




Well, this was mine....  whistle:



Have you found the "on" button yet  point:
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Re: 30 years on
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2012, 08:35:47 AM »
This was my first computer, lost count of how many joysticks we went through playing Daly Thiompson's Decathlon  cloud9:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17776666

I remember spending most of a day programming it to play a piece of classical music I found the code for in the manual.

Bah! My first puter was a ZX80....  whistle:

Well, this was mine:




Well, this was mine....  whistle:



Have you found the "on" button yet  point:

Wouldnt make any difference - it's clearly unplugged! (unless of course it runs in wifi [think: 'wifey'])
"Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end." 

Well, someone had to say it!

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Re: 30 years on
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2012, 08:49:29 AM »
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Re: 30 years on
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2012, 08:58:39 AM »
Oh, hello BM! lol:
"Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end." 

Well, someone had to say it!

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Re: 30 years on
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2012, 09:02:18 AM »
Started as an op 20/3/1972 - Honeywell 1015 & 1250 mainframes.

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Re: 30 years on
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2012, 09:17:41 AM »
My own long time love affair with IT and Technology was kick started in 1968 when, as an RAF apprentice, I was introduced to the Elliott 803. Fed by punched paper tape and very basic, it gave me a 'thirst' for computing.

Subsequently worked on THE first IBM PC in the UK, and later, some of the very first document image processing kit as well as very early speech recognition kit (based on heavily modified IBM AT PCs)

Happy days  cloud9:

Now, sadly, being over the 'witching age', the commercial world sees absolutely no use for those years of experience - all they want are the 'wunderkind' churned out in their masses from the various polyversities around the place - all with degrees in applied bee-keeping or green-keeping or some such.

Bitter? Me? Never! (unless BM's standing me one 'on the house' out of sympathy!)
"Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end." 

Well, someone had to say it!

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Re: 30 years on
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2012, 03:47:08 PM »
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Re: 30 years on
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2012, 03:54:28 PM »

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Re: 30 years on
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2012, 04:05:51 PM »
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Re: 30 years on
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2012, 05:28:09 PM »
"Political Correctness is a doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end." 

Well, someone had to say it!