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2021-04-12 8:16:31 PM  
I got a Vic-20
 
2021-04-12 8:29:35 PM  

Monty_Zoncolan: I got a Vic-20


Stick with mining Monero.
 
2021-04-12 8:31:22 PM  
I mean... it's a 300 baud modem.
 
2021-04-12 9:44:15 PM  
Sell it.  You'll make more than mining bitcoin
 
2021-04-12 9:45:33 PM  
I want to give that whole article the finger.
 
2021-04-12 10:00:54 PM  

labman: Sell it.  You'll make more than mining bitcoin


If I wanted to make money I wouldn't be on Fark.
 
2021-04-12 10:30:36 PM  

labman: Sell it.  You'll make more than mining bitcoin


My first thought... I have a cherry C-64 with a ton of software and peripherals which will probably make some Gen-X geek with more nostalgia (and money) than sense very happy next time I move.
 
2021-04-12 10:36:38 PM  
Over 158 years to complete a single gigahash?

I wanna run that in a C-64 emulator on a much faster computer, just for the sweet, sweet technohipster cred. The damned thing would smell like cedar, have a beard like a Norwegian fisherman, and smoke a pipe in the evenings, FFS.
 
2021-04-12 10:38:52 PM  
Does it work on a Vic 20?
 
2021-04-12 10:45:24 PM  

FormlessOne: Over 158 years to complete a single gigahash?

I wanna run that in a C-64 emulator on a much faster computer, just for the sweet, sweet technohipster cred. The damned thing would smell like cedar, have a beard like a Norwegian fisherman, and smoke a pipe in the evenings, FFS.


Actually, you could probably run a few thousand instances of the emulator at a time, just assign each one it's own GPU core on a modern graphics card.

That would take it into Steampunk territory.
 
2021-04-12 10:48:11 PM  

RedVentrue: Does it work on a Vic 20?


Plenty of 6502 emulators, so... yes, with certain reservations?
 
2021-04-12 10:53:14 PM  
I'm rocking the Beltron 8088, thanks.
 
2021-04-12 10:58:09 PM  
LOAD "*",8,1
 
2021-04-12 11:36:29 PM  
After speaking with my financial advisor, he thinks that my current plan, which consists of me chiseling off the quarters that frat boys superglue to the floor of the bus, is more feasible in the long term.

I'm pretty risk-averse.
 
2021-04-12 11:44:27 PM  

maxheck: RedVentrue: Does it work on a Vic 20?

Plenty of 6502 emulators, so... yes, with certain reservations?


The user interface wouldn't fit on the screen (fewer columns) and there might not be enough RAM to run the rest of it.
 
2021-04-12 11:49:17 PM  

Ivo Shandor: maxheck: RedVentrue: Does it work on a Vic 20?

Plenty of 6502 emulators, so... yes, with certain reservations?

The user interface wouldn't fit on the screen (fewer columns) and there might not be enough RAM to run the rest of it.


That's why you have rCurses, kiddo. :)
 
2021-04-13 12:00:59 AM  
For Ivo:

I did a lot of work on vector formats, GPGL and HPGL on HP machines. And while it was sort of fun and exciting, Textronix way of drawing things was kinda crap.
 
2021-04-13 12:07:41 AM  
The MOST Useless Machine
Youtube Nqk_nWAjBus
 
2021-04-13 12:51:18 AM  

COMALite J: LOAD "*",8,1


syntax error
 
2021-04-13 1:25:27 AM  
Vic & Sid may have something to say about this.
 
2021-04-13 1:26:31 AM  
sEE IF YOU CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO TELL THAT i'M TYPING THIS ON A c=64.
 
2021-04-13 1:37:14 AM  
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2021-04-13 2:49:32 AM  

COMALite J: In case you ever wondered where my username comes from:
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I always associated your handle with the C64 because of this

Oxyron - Coma Light 12 | C64 demo, Full HD 50 fps, Real SID
Youtube o9eLNFD_AKk
 
2021-04-13 3:25:06 AM  

Gordon Bennett: COMALite J: In case you ever wondered where my username comes from:
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I always associated your handle with the C64 because of this

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Okay, that was cool! Honestly never heard of it before. That was №12 in a series? Those people put the VIC2 and SID chips through some serious paces!

But no, my handle comes from having been a member of the COMAL User's Group. Got the nickname back then. All us COMAL-ites (not Coma-Lights) were named "COMALite" followed by an initial, except for the founder who was "Captain COMAL."
 
2021-04-13 3:39:29 AM  

COMALite J: Gordon Bennett: COMALite J: In case you ever wondered where my username comes from:
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I always associated your handle with the C64 because of this

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Okay, that was cool! Honestly never heard of it before. That was №12 in a series? Those people put the VIC2 and SID chips through some serious paces!

But no, my handle comes from having been a member of the COMAL User's Group. Got the nickname back then. All us COMAL-ites (not Coma-Lights) were named "COMALite" followed by an initial, except for the founder who was "Captain COMAL."


Yes, twelve in the series from the '90s and a thirteenth released more recently. The C64 demoscene is still alive and well. They're getting staggering things out of that machine.

Very nice about the COMAL user group, by the way. I did briefly try to learn it at one point but sadly never stuck with it. It's a good programming language.
 
2021-04-13 4:42:17 AM  

Gordon Bennett: COMALite J: Gordon Bennett: COMALite J: In case you ever wondered where my username comes from:
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I always associated your handle with the C64 because of this

[iFrame https://www.youtube.com/embed/o9eLNFD_​AKk?autoplay=1&widget_referrer=https%3​A%2F%2Fwww.fark.com&start=0&enablejsap​i=1&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fark.com&​widgetid=1]
Okay, that was cool! Honestly never heard of it before. That was №12 in a series? Those people put the VIC2 and SID chips through some serious paces!

But no, my handle comes from having been a member of the COMAL User's Group. Got the nickname back then. All us COMAL-ites (not Coma-Lights) were named "COMALite" followed by an initial, except for the founder who was "Captain COMAL."

Yes, twelve in the series from the '90s and a thirteenth released more recently. The C64 demoscene is still alive and well. They're getting staggering things out of that machine.

Very nice about the COMAL user group, by the way. I did briefly try to learn it at one point but sadly never stuck with it. It's a good programming language.

Pretty cool! The C=64 was one heck of a machine for its time (even if it was only ½way ASCII-compliant, with the letter cases reversed).

Yes, COMAL (COMmon Algorithmic Language [or ALgorithmic language?]) was a pretty decent language for its time, combining the ease and interactivity of BASIC with the structure of Pascal and adding in Logo's turtle graphics. It was meant to be a first language for new programmers so that they wouldn't be ruined by unstructured BASIC.
 
2021-04-13 7:41:09 AM  
I still have mine and a bunch of games. I haven't used in in like 30 years.  Wonder if it's still good.
 
2021-04-13 8:02:46 AM  

COMALite J: In case you ever wondered where my username comes from:
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Loved using COMAL on my C64!  God, that brings back some of those three day memories with nothing but coffee and coding.....
 
2021-04-13 9:17:06 AM  

COMALite J: LOAD "*",8,1


*listens to 1541 hammer a nibbled floppy, watches light blink, cries*
 
2021-04-13 11:38:12 AM  

metallion: COMALite J: In case you ever wondered where my username comes from:
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Loved using COMAL on my C64!  God, that brings back some of those three day memories with nothing but coffee and coding.....

Which version did you use? The 0.14 version on floppy disk that left you with 9k of RAM, or the 2.0 or 2.1 version on cartridge (especially if it had SuperChip installed with lots of includable packages) that left you with almost 30k free? The top image was the startup screen of 0.14, and the bottom two are the cartridge and start screen of 2.0.

FormlessOne: COMALite J: LOAD "*",8,1

*listens to 1541 hammer a nibbled floppy, watches light blink, cries*

I miss the 1591 monitor that was the preferred monitor for the C=128 and Amiga (basically the same as the 1571 but with smaller phosphor dots for higher screen detail). Because it was designed to keep chrominance and luminance separate as long as possible to make the text sharper (especially if you used the special 5-pin-DIN-to-3-RCA-jack connector and the back inputs [this was before the S-Video connector was standardized to do the same thing), you got nice sharp text without the usual NTSC color-fringing resulting from the 3.58MHz NTSC color cycle.

I remember an old computer and home video equipment store that had an S-VHS deck hooked to one of those, and had an S-VHS demo tape recorded with separated chrominance and luminance, showing things like wave at a beach. Prospective customers mistook it for HDTV, which had only started being talked about in the press back then and wasn't a thing people could buy yet. "That's the sharpest picture I've ever seen on a TV!" Even if you used the front inputs and connected a regular VHS deck to it, you still got a noticeably sharper picture from it than any CRT TV I'd seen. Great way to watch movies back then.

(This also figures [albeit with a 1571] into how I managed to unwittingly help AOL get started, much to my regret. It's a story I've told before on FARK.)
 
2021-04-13 12:56:15 PM  
Y'all do know what Alan Turing proved several generations ago...
 
2021-04-13 1:02:49 PM  

FormlessOne: Over 158 years to complete a single gigahash?

I wanna run that in a C-64 emulator on a much faster computer, just for the sweet, sweet technohipster cred. The damned thing would smell like cedar, have a beard like a Norwegian fisherman, and smoke a pipe in the evenings, FFS.


People send their technology to me to die.
 
2021-04-13 2:48:22 PM  
What the fark is a 1571?

I've seen this referenced a few times.
 
2021-04-13 3:13:43 PM  

maxheck: What the fark is a 1571?

I've seen this referenced a few times.


Disk drive for the C-128.
 
2021-04-13 3:14:19 PM  

COMALite J: In case you ever wondered where my username comes from:
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mine came from coming up with a zillion Cypherpunk handles.

Er, one hung around.
 
2021-04-13 3:14:46 PM  
How about an Amiga? I got a couple of those.... (hence the username)
 
2021-04-13 3:15:04 PM  

Ivo Shandor: maxheck: What the fark is a 1571?

I've seen this referenced a few times.

Disk drive for the C-128.


Thanks, was wondering.
 
2021-04-13 4:32:46 PM  

maxheck: labman: Sell it.  You'll make more than mining bitcoin

My first thought... I have a cherry C-64 with a ton of software and peripherals which will probably make some Gen-X geek with more nostalgia (and money) than sense very happy next time I move.


Also, why in the fark don't people get all crazy about HP-150s? I taught myself assembly and Pascal on one.
 
2021-04-13 6:33:19 PM  

amigafin: How about an Amiga? I got a couple of those.... (hence the username)

The Amiga uses a 68000 CPU, not 6502, so the same code would need to be at least recompiled.

Cool computer though. With the Video Toaster add-on, it did the SFX for the Babylon 5 TV series, one of the first TV series to use CGI instead of practical effects.
 
2021-04-13 10:32:46 PM  

Monty_Zoncolan: I got a Vic-20



Had the Vic-20, could only dream of a C64.
 
2021-04-14 1:04:33 AM  
I have mine in storage downstairs with the disk drive, but no disks and it hasn't been turned on in decades. I do have a stack of old C-64 magazines so I could hand jam the code in like when I was a kid if it still works.
 
2021-04-14 6:07:20 AM  

COMALite J: I miss the 1591 monitor that was the preferred monitor for the C=128 and Amiga (basically the same as the 1571 but with smaller phosphor dots for higher screen detail). Because it was designed to keep chrominance and luminance separate as long as possible to make the text sharper (especially if you used the special 5-pin-DIN-to-3-RCA-jack connector and the back inputs [this was before the S-Video connector was standardized to do the same thing), you got nice sharp text without the usual NTSC color-fringing resulting from the 3.58MHz NTSC color cycle.


I used a Commodore 1701 monitor as my TV from 1988 until around Y2k. I took it to college with my Atari 130XE (there was no better monitor for an Atari) and a garage sale VCR. Movie night in the dorm was always in the room of the guys with the big TV and stereo -- but they had to invite me, because I had the only VCR!

My geekiest moment recently was recognizing a room full of 1701s in WandaVision....
 
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