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