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View Poll Results: What was your first computer?
Acorn 8 1.74%
Amiga 6 1.30%
Apple 30 6.51%
Atari 19 4.12%
Commodore 83 18.00%
IBM compatible PC 74 16.05%
Sinclair 53 11.50%
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TI-99/4A 17 3.69%
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:29 PM   #271
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Oh I was brought up (in computing terms) when you were lucky to get an overnight test and sometimes another in the afternoon.
It made sure you checked things thoroughly before submitting them.
It also meant that you got used to working on several things at the same time.
 
Old 09-19-2017, 03:24 PM   #272
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Hi,

Desk checks were a must so you did not waste resources. Unlike most modern coders who have loads of memory and really do not care as to waste. Big memory footprints and mass storage plus faster multi-core CPU has spoiled the modern coder.

I can remember my first personal system that I built had only 256kB of static memory. No waste but learn to trim tight code. When I upgraded the memory to 1024kB I thought I was in heaven.

Multi-tasking, multi-processing did not come into play until I had a larger system such as the PDP-11. Now I really do not think twice or worry about memory or storage.

My personal Laptop has more power & resources than all the computers in my University LAB years ago. I really do not want to revert to systems of that day let alone think about it.

Just keep all those memories and present when reminded.

Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
 
Old 09-19-2017, 04:14 PM   #273
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Just about every program I ever wrote professionally had to run in a 16Mb region of which 12Mb was used by the OS, leaving a useable 4Mb.
 
  


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