Computers

Computers

Ever since I was a small child I have been fascinated by computers. Sure as a kid I liked games (still do for that matter.) I would pick about games in my head and try to figure out what the computer is doing.

When I was about 12 or so my dad got the family a commodore 64. It really was amazing to me and I did small stuff in basic. I wish there was a way to make certain things permanent like POKE 53280,0 and POKE 53281,0. The default text color had very bad contrast with the blue screen. One of the many things that I learned from the loadstar disks that were included with the computer when we got it. They actually had a ton of informative stuff in them and the computer it self had a nice manual.

a 1mghz processor seemed so fast back then and a whole 64 kilobytes of ram.

I learned and played around with poke and peeks and played with BASIC. I wanted a real programming language in the worst way but I didn’t think we could afford one. I wanted Pascal or C. I saved my lawn mowing money to a point but had no clue where to find one at that time. I also wanted to buy books on programming but didn’t know where to get them and didn’t have the means to go to the library then. Loadstar different times mentioned machine language and assembly too and that was really intriguing to me. It still is to this day because you could directly control the processor. Mondern cpus are much more abstracted.

I’d read about modems and connecting to other computers over the phone lines. That sounded completely awesome to me but we didn’t even have a working phone line in the house.

I did use it for doing homework and stuff and it served that purpose well enough. Eventually it stopped working. One day the power supply got hot and then it just didn’t work anymore. By that time my mom was able to drive me to the library. I think I borrowed every book I could find in the computer section at least a couple of times.

After I graduated high school I started at the local community college and bought a pc from the guy that owned the pawnshop. 486 that went up to 66 mhz if I’m remembering correctly. I think it had 8 megabytes of ram and an 800 megabyte hard drive (yes you read that correctly it’s megabytes.) It had windows 3.1. Who remembers constant general protection faults?

I used the family’s phone line Yea we finally had one! I used different dialup providers to hop on the internet always looking for shareware that was programming languages or textfiles about computers, programming or weather. I lurked on a few newsgroups related to those topics. It was amazing to be able to access information like that! Eventually I wound up with my own phone line when internet became unlimited instead of hourly. I remember guessing the speed by the modem’s sounds.

With having such a small hard drive I was running low on space so I may have possibly misused deltree. Having bought the computer used I did not not have all of the windows disks. Fortunately it was around the time windows 95 came out so I just upgraded to that. It took some getting used to but that was better. Windows XP was the best. It’s been downhill since then for windows, luckily I don’t have to use it that often.

A Few year later we were able to get cable internet here. We had it before it was even officially available so they didn’t and couldn’t charges us or guarantee it will work.