Tag Archives: Commodore 64

BSave and BLoad for the Commodore 64

I wrote this little subroutine package for the Commodore 64 in 2002. You can likely still find a cached Usenet post to comp.sys.cbm referring to it. I thought that I would add in an open-source license header and would present … Continue reading

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Jim Butterfield : The Commodore Guru

Originally published on: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 19:35:16 +0000 Jim Butterfield passed away on June 29th, 2007 after a long battle with cancer. I grieve with the family and the legions of techies who looked upon Jim as a mentor … Continue reading

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My Journey Began with BASIC

Originally published on: Sun, 13 Mar 2011. “It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration” – Edsger Dijkstra My … Continue reading

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BBS Fun in the Eighties

Originally published on: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 My introduction to the world of electronic bulletin-board systems ( BBS’s ) began in the mid-1980’s. One evening, my friend John called to say that he’d gotten a modem for his Commodore 64. … Continue reading

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The 300 BAUD BBS Experience

One of the most enjoyable eras in my history of personal computing was the stretch of time from 1984 to about 1986 when the local Bulletin Board System (BBS) scene was in its infancy. I wrote about this in another … Continue reading

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Extending Commodore 64 BASIC

Back in the day, I used to write machine-language subroutines for the Commodore 64 that I would then call from a main program written in BASIC. I found it easier to use BASIC as the higher-order controller over a set … Continue reading

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1985 Computing : Atari and Commodore

I happened upon a stash of episodes of the television series The Computer Chronicles from 1985.  At the time, I watched this show as often as I could.  The primary sources for computer news in those days were magazines and … Continue reading

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My First C64 Interrupt Program

In late 1983, I began learning 6502 assembly-language by hand-assembling 6502 code on an Apple II computer at school. I had also been toying with a Commodore 64. I had been reading some C64 articles that pertained to inserting interrupt-driven … Continue reading

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Happy 30th Birthday, Commodore 64

30 years ago today, the venerable Commodore 64 home computer was released. While it wasn’t my first microcomputer, I was most fond of this little computer. The C64 and Me I had been using a C64 in a classroom environment in … Continue reading

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Ancient Devtools

When I first began using microcomputers in the late 1970’s, development tools for 8-bit machines were precious and mysterious commodities.  Most of these sorts of tools that looked to be useful were very expensive.  My usage of most of these … Continue reading

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