Mailing List Archive: 49091 messages
  • Home
  • Script library
  • AltME Archive
  • Mailing list
  • Articles Index
  • Site search

[REBOL] Re: Hunt the Wumpus - or - Call Me Sentimental

From: media:quazart at: 23-Oct-2001 12:40

Ok since you guys are at it... ;-) Remember the vic-20 or the tandy TRS-80 color computer !? those were the most fun computers to program... (it might help that I was around 10 years old at the time ;-) yep them old tape drives... I remember being all exited when I finally got myself the computer-controled tape drive! imagine that... how much technology do you need... the computer can start and stop the (basically a Hi Fidelity audio) tape recorder, so you don't need to run around the table to do it yourself... (you still had to rewind it by hand though...I always found that odd). Computers where so much fun then... hardly anything being more standard than the fact that the BASIC language having numbers for its lines... (If I remember correctly, BASIC is the actuall only thing ever programmed (in part) by Bill Gates himself... everything else ... well you all know the rest...) I remember when optimizing code meant to shorten the variable names, because you needed the few extra 20-100 bytes to finish your code... because there was not enough of RAM in the system to fit the actual source of the application within the computer's ram... shorter names also meant drastically faster code on some platforms... I even remember building myself a codec which converted string and array data into pictures (using equivalents of peeks and pokes!) so that I could use the graphics RAM of my TRS-80 for data. That way I could have more than the (shared) code/data RAM limit (If I didn't use the graphics rasters, of course!). ah, well, I have to get back to reality and to REBOL... (I'm currently building a multi-track timeline for process control.... its quite a challege trying to weed out View's weird event handling problems) -Maxim