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From: "tiglath" <>
Subject: Re: "I'm Being Deluged By Emails"
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 21:21:26 -0400
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"Martin Reboul" <> wrote in message
> tiglath wrote...
> > Hmmmm. Acorn still around?
> > Echoes of my first computer, a BBC Model B, 32k of RAM, bought in
> > Hastings. I had such fun with it...
> > It had *already* a lot of clever ideas. I loved the always-on screen
> > editor and the BASIC interpreter... The only time Marianne, my
> > had any serious competition...
> I still have mine....
Does it work?
> Tell me Tiggers, did you have "Aviator" for it?
No. I used to port games from the Atary to the BBC for a London firm, all
in assembly. I could not do it now; it took enormous pain. Some games
were larger than the memory and I could never run them whole so I had to
test parts of them and then find ways to shed bits and pieces until a
watered down version of the game could run. I didn't see the sun for weeks
at times, the Model B was smoking but never let me down. I gave it to a
school when I came to the U.S. One with the machine...
> Loaded from a C90 tape... 20 mins... first time I ever landed a Spitfire,
> could fly under the bridge upside down, piece of cake (though it took
> 10 seconds to realise you'd made it). I used to skittle those enemy
> triangles out of the er, 'sky' ... even though it took about a minute for
> the guns to reload and you only got one shot at a time.
I worked on similar games, can't think of their names... Eventually I
bought a floppy drive but I spend a few months with just a cassette tape.
Write an efficient script for THAT.
The eight-bit 6502B CPU was wonderful to work with. I didn't have a printer
and had to write the programs in pencil to debug more than a screen's worth.
The summer of '81.