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    In praise of Beginners All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code

    Basic instinct: how we used to code.
    The link on same page "Computer nostalgia is 10 PRINT 'BOLLOCKS'" is quite good too! I used to have that very Snoopy on my wall.

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    Good stuff.

    I've posted it elsewhere, but this (link) was the first program I typed in from a magazine (waaaaaay back to Christmas '82).

    I still maintain that Sinclair Basic has the best string slicing (TO) of any language I've seen since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    Good stuff.

    I've posted it elsewhere, but this (link) was the first program I typed in from a magazine (waaaaaay back to Christmas '82).

    I still maintain that Sinclair Basic has the best string slicing (TO) of any language I've seen since.
    Thanks for the nostalgia I recall getting many magazines with type-in-code back in the day and as a very geeky 13 year old thinking 'That's my Saturday taken car of'. Then allocating Sunday, Monday and Tuesday for the inevitable debugging!
    Apparently in many listings the typsetters (for non-photocopied program listings) would correct 'spelling' mistakes in the code making them broken by default.

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    Gotta love the casual racism they managed to drop into a page about code back in the day, on the Towers of Hanoi page. It is "velly, velly good" indeed

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    Ahh the memories I think I have typed in a couple of those.

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    Our local radio station used to broadcast programs over the air for you to record to tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJonas View Post
    Our local radio station used to broadcast programs over the air for you to record to tape.
    This was done in the '80s by ITV as well. I recorded the game 'Pud Pud' which was broadcast over the TV. Primitive, but it actually worked.

    Anyone remember the 'flexi discs' on the front of magazines? They were very thin floppy records which you played using your record player into your computer. I predicted at the time that this would NOT take off, and my sage visions proved accurate.

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    I have a whole swag of flexis but non related to computers. Most of mine have music on them, as they came with music mags. I have a couple of advertising ones, such as "Boss Of The Wash". It starts "Hi! I'im Ken Jackson, and if you want to be boss of the wash, you need the latest Whirlpool washing machine." I have no idea who Ken Jackson is or was.

    The Computer nostalgia is 10 PRINT 'BOLLOCKS' link referred to above, says Pete Shelley included ZX Spectrum code on his 'XL-1' LP.

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