Big Rowan Ackison (greensh) wrote,
Big Rowan Ackison

Another Day

I spent the day at working catching up a project at work. Eight to five worth of programming with another day tomorrow for more fun! On Sunday I get to do paperwork as well as finishing up the code wrangling.

Today I got a book on programming coding/logic. I've been programming computers since 1981 (I think) when I started with a Commodore PET 4032 computer in the high school computer lab. Self taught for the most part, I've made enough mistakes to have good programming habits now. Anyway, back to the book. I was looking over the programming book during dinner and pretty much got all the way through it knowing that I knew the stuff right, left and center. My formal educational background is as an Electrical Engineer, and while we got a smattering of programming courses in college, the place I am at now is from my own dogged doing. And why do I pursue programming like I do? I believe there is an incredibly strong creative aspect to it. That's my story and I'm stick to it!

Where I got my start...

PET 4000 series / CBM 8000 series

CPU: MOS 6502, 1 MHz
RAM: 8, 16, or 32 kB / 32 or 96 kB
ROM: 20K, including BASIC 4.0
Video: MOS 6545, 9" or 12" / 12" monochrome monitor, 40×25 / 80×25 character display
Sound: single piezo "beeper" (optional external speaker driven by MOS 6522 CB2 pin)
Ports: 2 MOS 6520 PIA, MOS 6522 VIA, 2 Datassette ports (1 on the back), 1 IEEE-488
Notes: basically an upgraded 2001 / basically a 4000 with 80 columns and slightly different keyboard with smaller (11 key) numeric pad

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