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Old 08-21-2007, 08:51 PM   #1
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Nostalgia caught on ...

Ok, guys. I'm feeling really nostalgic tonight. Tired and nostalgic.

When I was about 10 I got a Coleco ADAM computer ( ), and I used to receive a magazine that included little BASIC programs I could type into my ADAM to do fun stuff. Neither do I have the ADAM, nor do I have the magazines. I'm thinking the magazine was Compute! Magazine ( . However, I don't really remember, and they don't have the code listed so I can see if I recognize them. (I only got the magazines for the code, and never read the articles.)

Anyway, I was wondering if any of you remember the magazine, and what types of programs it had.
Old 08-22-2007, 12:11 AM   #2
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OMG! That was my first computer too.

I remember using the word processor for stuff (got it when I was in Community College, I'm an old fart). And I bought several games that I enjoyed. Don't remember which.

Foolishly, I let a friend buy it from me when I was strapped for cash once.

I felt sad at first when I checked out those pictures, but then realized what in the world would I use that thing for today? Heh, heh. But it sure was fun and interesting back then.

Years later I went through a massive Nintendo game play period. Still own all those systems and games but mostly play one once in a while for nostalgia using an emulator on the computer.

Finally got my first semi-modern day computer in 1999. I had gone back to finish college and clunked along on an electric typewriter for 3 semesters before finally succumbing to the modern world and buying a home pc.

Then I studied them like mad and my last few systems are all home built. Just discovered Linux about 6 months ago.
Old 08-22-2007, 12:21 AM   #3
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I've never heard of the Adam, but my first 'computer' was a Sinclair ZX81! Followed by a Dragon 32, then an IBM running DOS - I had to load the OS into the IBM using 5.25 inch floppy discs! Now all my computers are home made, except for my laptop.
Old 08-22-2007, 01:13 AM   #4
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My first was a Commodore 64 and I also got the magazine - Compute Gazette if I'm remembering correctly. And yes I spent hours typing BASIC code that came in the magazines and was thrilled when they started writing them in assembly code to speed things up.
As for types of programs they ran the gamut from games to utilities to applications. I think there was even a whole word processor in one of the issues.


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