Home > Blogs > It's Here; Put Away Your Pre-Conceptions on What an OS Must Be: Part II

In the last blog in this series, Traenk relates his first experiences with computers and with coding.  But now, some years have passed. . .

It's the early 80's.  I survived the Rag Shack (You've Got Questions; We've Got Shrugs) TRaSh 80 rebellion that would give you a personal computer for about $700 on up.  The Apple II was something making waves, but tonight!  We are working with a Timex Sinclair!

In scale, we've gone from a room of gear to a chiclet keypad the whole of which could be covered by a large donut.  Next to the keypad is a very large, very bulky 16K expansion unit, lovingly held to the computer with a series of rubber bands.  Programming it units me to those long ago days, but instead of hokey paper tape, we're working our code with a cassette tape storage unit.  Oh ya.  This was important!  Bump the expansion unit while trying to hit an obscure key, and erase and rewind was more than a song...

Later, there was an Atari 800XL and an Osbourne and lots of other stuff.  It was the 80's; computers were as numerous as variations on the Mullet hairstyle. 

In all cases, it was a lot of command line and a lot of long drawn out processes, just to write a paper.



comments powered by Disqus

Become an InformIT Member

Take advantage of special member promotions, everyday discounts, quick access to saved content, and more! Join Today.

Other Things You Might Like

Microsoft OneNote Step by Step

Microsoft OneNote Step by Step

My Apple TV

My Apple TV