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  1. Hi I am an "oldtimer" who started programming in 1979 when I was 13 years old. I got a Swedish made 8 bit Z80 based computer and have been programming from that point in time. I have worked in many computer languages since then including BASIC, Pascal, Fortran, Cobol, Forth, C, C++, Modula 2, Standard ML, Delphi, VB, C#, and F#. As for machine language I started with Z80, then 6502 variants, and later 68k, x86/x64 and recently Arm chips. /Karl
  2. Hello! My name is Damian, I'm a 47yo Graphic and Web Designer and Front-end Developer from Madrid, Spain (though I was born in Argentina). I have a 16yo son. As a lot of you, I started with BASIC on a TI 99/4A aged 11, then on a Commodore 64 my father bought us. I also made a few things on a Timex Sinclair 2068 that my cousins had, and played on a friend's Commodore 128, and then an Amiga 500. Later in life, when I was around 20 I bought a second-hand Mac Plus, and I've been a Mac user ever since (kind of like Adrian, from Adrian's Digital Basement, I've have almost no PC contact, except in the professional space). I saw this project on the 8-bit Guy's channel, and was really happy that it got traction, because I've been thinking of something similar for a long time. My idea was called "Maelstrom Color Computer" and I even made a logo for it: But I also wanted to make a retro-computer with BASIC and instant-on features that included a case with integrated keyboard, in the line of the Home Computers of the 80's. The thing with this is that everything related to plastic injection is so expensive that I think it's highly improbable that such an idea can be made in the hobby scene. So, I'm just happy that this project is alive, and will follow it with great interest. Since I never learned to program in assembler for the Commodore, I'm interested in learning this time around, so I'm watching the videos by Matt Heffernan, and found the Easy 6502 site. I hope I can learn enough and make something interesting. I want to specially praise the work done by Perifractic with the logo, since I find it wonderful. I like it more the more I look at it. Kudos! Other than that, I can say that a few years ago I learned how to solder and taught myself a bit of analog electronics, enough to build my own guitar pedals (I already built around 35!), and I'm designing my own guitar pedal circuit (a combination of booster and overdrive). And also recently bought a Resin 3D printer and I'm planning to use it to help me create my own pinball machine, using the Open Pinball Project platform and guides. It's a long and difficult project, but I'm really excited about it. I invite you to visit my site (it's only a single page with a Javascript animation, but I think you guys may appreciate it): https://damianvila.com And if you want to know a bit about things I made in the past for other projects, I made a little page with a few of these works, that you can see here: https://damianvila.com/hodgepodge/ or go to my Dribbble account: https://dribbble.com/damianvila Thanks, and sorry for the lengthy introduction. See you!
  3. I hail from the Montreal suburbs, I'm just darn happy to be here! I've been following the Commander X16 for a little while now and it just brings back memories. My first PC experience was a TI-99/4A in the early 80s then we got a Commodore 64 (which I believe is still functioning but in boxes in my parents house). That C64 brought me right into grade 7 when we purchased a 386 but still so many memories of the 64 and typing programs from Compute's Gazette. I've worked in various computer stores, corporate IT, sales, service technician, software trainer and software architect. Now I like to tinker with electronics and hardware and hoping to at some point find some retro hardware lying around somewhere and restore it.
  4. Hi guys'n'gals, ghosts'n'goblins, hobbyists'n'retroists and procastinatists I am a german end 70s born male with a strong addiction to everything that has buttons and lights. I started my "career" on a VIC-20 back in 1983 (was 6 then...) and went from BASIC to a C-128 (mostly used in C64-mode...) where I poorly experimented with 6502 Assembler. Leaving 8-bit road for a 386 SX-16 in 1991 and moving over to GW-BASIC and PASCAL, my computers started to add more bits over the years. I used almost any Windows derivate starting from 3.0 to 10 but got an early hang on to alternative systems, so I also bought OS/2 Warp and was a fond linux user since 1993. Being the nerd I am, I grew into IT and work as an enterprise IT architect where my design level is more complete datacenter infrastructures than tiny small IT components. My heart and soul being lost in the 80s, I was a retro fan early on and got me a CBM 4032 (now in very poor condition ) and a CBM-720 (nice design!) around 2000. At the moment, my C128 is sitting right next to me in my mancave, 80s80s radio running and typically Retro TV (aka all these great, entertaining and informational youtube channels) showing on the second screen. I started getting into arduino microcontroller stuff some years ago and liked what I saw and could do with this. Being it ATTinys or ESPs, interfacing the real world seemed very cool. My work is typically much more theoretical... (If you want to have a look: https://github.com/highno ) I am eager to learn new/old stuff and experimenting with it. Having a set of restrictions, finding a working and possibly elegant solution is what drives me - so 8-Bit systems are just a wonderful world. To give an example: Ben Eater's work on a Invaders-like console with a 6-Pin ATTiny is simply amazing, but also work of CNLohr, pressing out TV signals, color, framebuffer and 3D-Graphics out of a WiFi interface controller design (the ESP8266) is also just amazing. I love demoscene for being extremely creative in art and technique. I hope to be able to develop some expansion cards for the X16 - starting with a WiFi network card and possibly an I/O expansion card with BASIC addons so you can tinker Arduino-like with all I/Os, SPI, I2C, etc. interfaces using the card and convenient BASIC commands... (Supporters welcome!) I hope to learn a lot of all this and have fun doing it. I love the retro scene and hope to interact with it more - especially while supporting the X16 project.
  5. Stumbling across this is one of the happier moments in my life. I'm a professional web/app dev for 3+ years now with no computer science background (I went through a coding bootcamp) and I've been struggling to find different ways of "teaching" myself computer science. While I've found lots of great resources and have started toying with the idea of fiddling with assembly on the raspberry pi, I've been jealous of everyone that "got started" on all these old systems from the 80's where you "had" to use BASIC or assembly. This is literally a dream come true for me!
  6. Hi all, I'm a developer working in web dev but it all started when I was 9 with a VIC-20. Awesome Work! I will be keeping both eyes peeled on the store here. I can't wait for the real thing! Thank you!
  7. Hey guys, I'm pretty new to hardware. I've loved software since I was 13 but lost touch due to mental health but I'm rekindling my joy for it. What's interesting retro tech and limitations in hardware and software and my new favourite thing. I'm 22 and hoping to learn more. Idk if it's selfish but as I'm still battling my mental health I m looking for things to get hands dirty in. I've been dreaming and contemplating of doing various projects but haven't started. I'm hoping following along to this amazing project and maybe even trying my luck at designing my own thing might get me to get off my butt. This is such an awesome and cool project, there should be a slice of life manga and anime about this whole project. I would definitely read that.
  8. I'm new to the forum and site, but not really new to the project - I remember David talking about it when he first posted those videos - but I didn't realize it had come so far until today with his Petscii Robots video release. I'm absolutely looking forward to this. About Me: I'm a full stack developer, currently transitioning into data science. I love retro tech, but no real collection yet beyond some older gaming consoles and emulators. I'm in the process of sourcing the parts for my ideal 1999 machine that middle school me would have killed for. And I'm currently waiting on "the one" to start my collection of older machines. I love the look the commodore PET, so something like that all in one terminal look would be awesome. Let me know if you guys have any suggestions, especially if I can find a way to hard wire a switch and fit a small dos box inside the case alongside the original machine. I mean, I plan on getting an X16 - so that may be the route, otherwise if I could find an old PET shell and cram the guts of both the X16 and an old pentium laptop inside with a small vga monitor. But I'm rambling. It's good to meet everyone and I'm looking forward to see where this project goes!
  9. Hi. Forgive my manner, having seen the Arduino and RPi forums, I'm reluctant - they're just mean! Anyways, my age is 37-38. Older I get, the more I measure in decades. Might seem weird to someone in their 50's but you see, I've spent a number of years studying Philosophy and History (even got the snooty credentials) so I've developed a 4000 year perspective to most things. It's kinda messed up stuff. I also spent some time in the service, and most of my bread has come from industrial trades - construction, cabinetmaking, machining. I "own" my company Tributary House Ltd. The quotes are because I pay the LLC fees, and have made about $300 in five years... I am not a businessman. I also "own" my research lab - MERLInc - wherein I tinker and think about all the neat stuff that was supposed to have become commonplace by the year 2000. Remember that feeling? When Fusion energy was only 50 years away - and still is? Had a patent once, I learned the hard way that nobodies don't get phone-calls returned. Patent expired. Anyways, I got sucked into the likes of 8 bit guy, LGR, Tech-Connect, etc... and the nostalgia mixed with the sad (I am disappointed with how we've gone - but that's another rant). I got my start in GW BASIC on a 386 Epson Equity II+, with DOS 3.2 in sixth grade. Moved on to QBASIC and ended up making a LORD clone in QB45 before life did what life does - that was in '96 or so. One summer semester, about four years ago, I took C++ and it was horrid. In many ways, I miss DOS. I did not know there was any such thing as a Commodore 64 until that YouTube video "Gates v Jobs" came out. I thought the 8086 processor was the first from Bell Labs for years - and before life went all sideways, I visited the last of the BBS's on my HP 150 touchscreen (running windows 1.0 and PAM!) - before playing Castle of the Winds on my Tandy (something or other) running windows 3.2 - my Highschool had thrown out that Tandy, so I major scored. I do not come from a world conducive to childhood programmers. One forgets a great deal of BASIC in 20+ years, but I still remember what a good day it was when I learned what GOSUB could do, and it was cause for celebration when I first OPEN "filename" for INPUT as #1.... (or something like that) - because now I could make player stats for my LORD clone . My purpose on the forum is primarily because David's review of the Maximite 2 Color showed me a BASIC run microcontroller. Sure, I can use ArduinoIDE to flash my 3D printer, and if I really sat down to do it, I'm certain I could make Python make my RPi do stuff, but C++ and Python just... I don't enjoy them. My other purpose on the forum is more ethereal. I've had to explain to one of the little ones (who is turning 13 soon) that after school ends, making friends and finding people only gets harder. I have an R&D laboratory, a Master's Degree, and basically nobody to tinker with me, or to bounce ideas. - How about a GPS including topo-maps, but use an electrophorescent display, with a resistive overlay for outdoor use?!!? - stuff like that. I ask the pertinent questions about stuff like that in Arduino or RPi forums, and frankly, they get mad. It's a real thing - the rudeness to the noobs. I don't even bother asking them anymore because it's so off-putting. It's all Wiki products now. You guys seem much nicer - possibly because 8-Bit computing has no practical-ambitious dimension, and you all seem to understand why I fondly remember learning GOSUB... That, and I imagine you guys would understand if I said "Good software is designed to run well on a 286 - then you give it an i5 and watch it fly..." Anyways, I hope the X16 flies - that I can afford one, and that maybe I can make some friends who would be willing to entertain and even try crazy ideas. Afterall, you're all here to build David's "Dream Computer" which is, aside from a little weird, pretty cool friendship in my mind. Sorry to be weird. When in doubt, honesty is the only fallback. I hope I haven't broken any server rules!
  10. Hello Everyone! My name is Vinshuka, I am a junior programmer and have been wanting to learn commador BASIC in hopes of trying out some of those Type-in programs from the old Compute magazines. If anyone knows any good additional learning resources I hope you'll share them with me. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and to the X16's release. Vinshuka
  11. I am anshul from INDIA. I saw that commander x16 was very good as it was not EMULATION like THE C 64 from Retr* G*m*s L*d. (*e t r o G a m e s * t * .) I was emulating other systems like M*g* 65 retro computer on PC.They said: The copyright holder will sue them if the included "ROM" files in file but your (X16) emulator was good: I just downloaded the file and executed it. Will the copyright holder not sue you like the Mega ** guys ?? (Note: I have not taken names as they appear but put asterisks to not break the rules of the site. You can take the name both the time and replace *'s with the letters)
  12. Hello all, I'm an old school commodore user, or rather was, an old school commodore user. My first exposure to a computer was on my older brother's TRS-80 in about 1982. Some time in '84 my best friend bought a Commodore 64, which I spent many hours on. I worked the whole summer of 85 so I could buy my own. I loved that computer. My friend and I must have collected every game published from the original release to 1987. I remember drooling over screenshots from the Amiga in magazines, but there was no way I could afford one. I went to a technology school in computer engineering in 1991 and used a chunk of my student loan to buy a fully decked out Amiga 3000, which I used for many years. I still have both computers, but they haven't been taken out of their boxes in decades. My kids still use my 1702 monitor however, and it's still running strong. They have it hooked up to an old Wii. I'm a windows user today, never been much of an Apple person. Ever since those long arguments in high school about how the commodore 64 was so superior to the Apple II I've been apple adverse. As far as retro computing. Last year I started a project to build an 8 bit processor out of TTL chips. I got a complete working version running in simulation and was about 90% done breadboarding it when I sparked it out with static electricity and blew a bunch of random chips. I got frustrated and never got the hardware working. The design was pretty cool though. 16 bit stack pointer, 4 registers that could be used as 2 16 bit registers and address pointers, and an ALU. I might revisit it some day. I've been watching with interest ever since David's first video about the X-16 and will definitely be purchasing one when it's available.
  13. Hello! I recently discovered David's channel on YouTube (the making of videos for Plant X2 and then Planet X3) and following the trail led me to the discovery of Commander X16 (and the vintage computers in general). India was nowhere around on the tech map when these early machines came out (I think the first personal computers here would have been the DOS-based machines in the early 90s, I could be wrong though.) I am finding myself drawn tho the project, and looking forward to being part of the KS when it launches! On a side note, I want to develop a video game, a metrodivania to be precise. I have no exposure to making games, and though I have tried to look into Godot, Unity etc as starting points, the attempts have been abortive. I want to start off with a game for the X16 - the constraints imposed by the hardware and memory could actually benefit me since the ecosystem could be comparatively easier to understand (I think!). I am reading up on this, and I realise I can either work in BASIC or Assembly -- what should I choose, considering I will be starting from zero on either? Thanks!
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