[thechat] Ancient computers (was: IT is here!)

John Handelaar john at userfrenzy.com
Fri Dec 7 07:08:29 CST 2001

> -----Original Message-----
> From: thechat-admin at lists.evolt.org
> [mailto:thechat-admin at lists.evolt.org]On Behalf Of Madhu Menon
> Sent: 07 December 2001 03:48
> To: thechat at lists.evolt.org
> Subject: Re: [thechat] Ancient computers (was: IT is here!)
> At 05:06 AM 12/7/2001, Martin typed these words:
> >The C5? Great fun, if a little unstable when cornering at speed.
> The first computer I ever used was a BBC Micro B with 32K of RAM 
> in 1986. :)

NOW you're talking.  In 1986 I did my O-Level Computer Science;
project was wide open.  I built an IRC-alike in BBC Basic using
Acorn's 'E-net' coax as a transport and a 50-message rolling
flat file on a shared disk for 'scroll-back'.

I've made this joke on #evolt before - but if BBC Basic was a
scripting language now I'd be so l337 it's unbefuckinglievable.
Closest you can get is Python (yes, really) - when I get the
time to plough through that ORA book I'll be happy.  PHP first,


[Whose laptop got half-inched from a pub last night. Not amused]

John Handelaar

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