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Thu 29 May 2014, 11:13 PMTweet
by Ben Langhinrichs
Copyright © 2014 Genii Software Ltd.
What has been said:
1062.1. Richard Moy (05/29/2014 02:23 PM)
We had to build our first computer from a Z80 chip kit and use a tv as a monitor. That was a trip. Then in college all of us had to program a 8080 using hexadecimal display. I guess that was better than booting a PDP-8 using toggle switches that I did later
1062.2. Brent Henry (05/30/2014 07:42 AM)
My brother and I pooled our hard earned savings from working at McDonalds in high school and bought one of these back when they first came out. My dad thought we were crazy because he thought computers were a fad. We taught ourselves basic on it (a whole 8k of RAM!) and it was a few years before I actually took a fortran course in university. It was a lot of fun and I probably would not be a software developer today if we hadn't bought it.
1062.3. Ben Langhinrichs (05/30/2014 08:18 AM)
Richard - I worked with kits (and TV monitors) after the PET, but am glad I started with something already put together. My hardware skills are akin to those of a turtle.
Brent - Great story, and I'm glad you and your brother took the initiative.