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    AndyC

    , ScottWelker wrote

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    Surely then you (at least once) decided your POKE'd assembly was good-enough to execute without first saving to tape (takes too long you know)... hung the machine (or worse) and had to start all over :-/

    Obviously, because saving stuff to tape was so slow and I was naturally absolutely 100% positive is was going to work just fine, this time. Most often, it didn't!

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    blowdart

    , AndyC wrote

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    Obviously, because saving stuff to tape was so slow and I was naturally absolutely 100% positive is was going to work just fine, this time. Most often, it didn't!

     

    Damned kids today have it is with "download source" from github.

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    vesuvius

    @blowdart: Been reading your book today, saved me a lot of time.

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    blowdart

    , vesuvius wrote

    @blowdart: Been reading your book today, saved me a lot of time.

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    Oh! Wow!

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    AndyC

    , blowdart wrote

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    Damned kids today have it is with "download source" from github.

    Indeed. If you haven't type in a eight page hex listing from a badly reproduced and barely legible dot matrix printout that inevitably contains numerous errors (some of which may or may not get "fixed" in a future magazine issue) then frankly you have no business calling yourself a programmer.

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    ScottWelker

    , AndyC wrote

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    Obviously, because saving stuff to tape was so slow and I was naturally absolutely 100% positive is was going to work just fine, this time. Most often, it didn't!

    Those were the days... and yet we kept that optimism. Still do. THIS TIME!! It'll work!!

    Developers must be the most optimistic people on the planet. If we were realistic we'd probably have walked away.

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    Sven Groot

    @AndyC: Guess that counts me out, then. I did type in long BASIC listings from the newspaper's IT section, though. Smiley

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    Bas

    I remember typing an eight page listing from a TI-99 4/A book to make a slot machine. Also, recording a listing that was being broadcast over the radio and once, from an actual record.

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    Minh

    , Bas wrote

    I remember typing an eight page listing from a TI-99 4/A book to make a slot machine. Also, recording a listing that was being broadcast over the radio and once, from an actual record.

    It's fun seeing old & new tech mix... kinda like this

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    ryanb

    , AndyC wrote

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    Indeed. If you haven't type in a eight page hex listing from a badly reproduced and barely legible dot matrix printout that inevitably contains numerous errors (some of which may or may not get "fixed" in a future magazine issue) then frankly you have no business calling yourself a programmer.

    Been there, done that.  Don't miss it.

     

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    ScottWelker

    @ryanb:Here Here!! Once helped a math prof. debug code he typed in from a magazine.

    He used "l" for "1" and "O" for "0"... worked just fine on his typewriter Expressionless

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