Saturday, 16 April 2011

Day 16 – First computer you’ve ever owned & your favourite ever.

Guru Meditation!

My first computer was a present from my mum for my 14th birthday.  The year was 1987 and the computer was a Commodore 64C and I loved it.

I constantly played games on it, but I also learnt to program on it.  I started with the built-in BASIC, but I quickly moved on to programming it in assembly once I found BASIC was too restrictive.  At first I learnt to expand BASIC with new functionality, but then moved on to more hard core techniques such as sprite and colour hacks, to reverse engineering simple image compression (which I later learnt was RLE) and developing my own super fast 8 way screen scrolling techniques.

Oh those were the days.

As for my favourite computer ever, it is a very tough call to say that the Amiga is my all time favourite.

I started with an Amiga 500 and eventually bought an Amiga 1200.

The Amiga 1200 was my main computer from the mid 90’s until I eventually bowed to pressure to and bought a Windows based PC in late 2000. 

My trusty 1200 was maxed out with an 060 CPU and 64MB of memory, and I even forked out for an awesome device called the Mediator which gave my 1200 the ability to plug in PCI devices and most importantly a PCI graphics card!  My Amiga 1200 rocked!

It rocked so much it remained my main computer until 2003!

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