Re: Last Byte

Ron Resnick (
Fri, 29 May 1998 02:16:06 -0400

Tom Whore wrote:
> On Thu, 28 May 1998, Josh Cohen wrote:
> > I miss the days of dilligently typing in those long code listings..
> > well, maybe a little.
> >
> Ya know even with my renowned typing and spelling skills.... I waws much
> better at th code entry than anyone else in my group of fellow byteheads.

Tee hee. I used to do this too, circa 1983, on my ][ clone.
Not from byte - it usually had crummy peecee listings. Nope, I had
a subscription to a mag called "inCider", at the time perhaps
the biggest apple magazine around. This was in the days where
a single 5.25 floppy drive was a pretty advanced feature,
double floppies were a rarity, and lots of folks had 16k machines
with cassette tapes for storage. No AOL floppy distributions
back then! So, diligently typing in Applesoft BASIC listings, and
6502 assembler, from inCider, was state of the art technology.

I actually wrote a pretty spiffy Hebrew word processor back then
too, created my own font set on the ][ "hires" (remember that?)
graphics screen, cursor control, etc. Applesoft Basic+6502 assembler
was fun, in it's own way... hey! we don need no steenkin'java!
Bring back the "instant on" Applesoft Basic prompt! We do go
in circles in this business, don't we?