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This was my first computer. I bought it for the kids because I had done some reading about these computer things and thought they contained the wisdom of the ages.

Upon opening, I discovered that the 64 contained absolutely nothing. The floppy disc had not been marketed yet, so I basically (pun intended) had bought an empty box.

I discovered that there was a cassette tape drive, but at the time there were no available programs, which meant that you had to write your own in basic or copy machine language gibberish line-by-line and save it to tape.

So, I learned basic and spent hours of fun with the fam writing a role playing game. Then I got a job and made some money with computers.

And that is how I got into computers.

Thank you, Jack. R.I.P.

Originally posted to Z. Woof on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 03:24 PM PDT.

Also republished by SciTech.

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