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#1 JohnH

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Posted 07 April 2024 - 10:43 AM

Hey YouTuber I follow is trying out a piece of software originally released on the Commodore and apple 8-bit systems back in the '80s.


https://youtu.be/gip...oMXSIHiJuBSW-jA
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#2 hyiger

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Posted 07 April 2024 - 11:11 AM

This is fascinating stuff. I had a TRS-80 back in the day and it was amazing what you could do with it. Especially that the software, and usually multiple software, could fit on a single floppy. I estimated that one of my recent games would have needed to be distributed on 97,000 3.5" floppies. 



#3 Monel76

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Posted 07 April 2024 - 11:37 AM

I will try it asap thank for sharing!

#4 yuzameh

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Posted 07 April 2024 - 11:38 AM

Hey YouTuber I follow is trying out a piece of software originally released on the Commodore and apple 8-bit systems back in the '80s.


https://youtu.be/gip...oMXSIHiJuBSW-jA

I still use a DOS based Lunar Eclipse predictor via dosbox that plots in clunky CGA graphic mode as it does the job best and simplest.

 

I didn't start keying in astronomical code until DOS though, there wasn't much serious astronomical stuff around for BBC Basic in the Eighties, although a coupla books (Dillon-Smith I think) carried routines and code for simple stuff which became completely irrelevant once I had bought Guide 2.0 CDROM in the Nineties (the only reason I bought a "cheap" CDROM reader to fit in a 5.25" bay, the whole core popped out on springs, you lifted a lid, put the disc in, then manually shove it back in).  I keep old stuff because it is rarely done better now (I still have a DVDRW for that reason), modern stuff either often too busy or doing clever stuff on a commercial competitiveness level usually of no practical use to me whereas the economy of old code just got on with it)!



#5 GrassLakeRon

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Posted 15 April 2024 - 01:20 PM

I had sky travel for my 64.  Loved it in the 80's.  I still run deep sky 2000.  25 years and counting with that one.....



#6 Max Coe

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Posted 01 May 2024 - 10:14 PM

My first hard drive held 20 MB. Soooo muuuuuch space for OS, SW and data! These days, that's less than one of my FITS files.



#7 Daniel Dance

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Posted 02 May 2024 - 04:02 PM

My first hard drive held 20 MB. Soooo muuuuuch space for OS, SW and data! These days, that's less than one of my FITS files.

*MY* first hard drive was a cassette tape.





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