Longing for the "Good Ole Days" this morning. The first real experience I had with a computer was not the Commodore 64. It was a couple of different models from Radio Shack. TRS-80 Model III, and a CoCo 2. I can remember writing programs on my C64 until 2 am during highschool. The CoCo 2 got me hooked, in a bad way.
However, The Commodore 64, is THE computer system that I not only cut my teeth on, I think I broke some.
I loved it. I hacked many of my compadres' character files and that is how the hack became well known.
However, the same hack did not work the same on an IBM machine. When you hacked the Character on an IBM Compatible system, the program compensated with harder battles. The friend I did this for had me convert his system back. He said his battles went from about 15 minutes to about 45 minuts with about 50 NPC (non-playing charaters) instead of about 15. The hack made him invincible, but at the same time, his wife was yelling at him to get off the computer and spend time with her. (how gross.... I bet he even kissed her. Yuck.)
Now with virtualization and emulation software such as VICE, I'm reliving those days. And the experience is even better. You can know cruise the Internet with the Commodore computers (sort of). But, more importantly, you can "Dial-up" BBSs and really relive the old days.
What developers have done is add the functionality to some of the old terminal programs and then developed programs like "telser" that will get your computer it's using a modem, but you are really just using the translator that takes that modem's serial IO and turning into an TCP/IP stream which connects to other computers out their serving you.
There is lots of fun to be had. Tools and utilities have evolved. The experience has expanded. But, mostly, I just like playing some old games that I sucked at then, and I'm even worse now.
The C64 was the most popular computer ever sold. Many developers my age can share stories about things they did with the C64.
I truly brought computing to the masses.
I don't know where my path is leading me, but I think I'm going to focus on C64/AmigaOS development. I'm tired and these old machines make me happy.
I continue to be in awe of the things various developers have done to keep the Commodore Life afloat.
Thank you for reading,
Jay C. "Jazzy_J" Theriot