1 single line of BASIC code in only 40 columns; happy Friday everyone:
A friend of mine here in Seattle refurbished my beloved old 1702 last week. He made it look utterly brand new! Completely cleaned inside and out, and not a moment too soon. Little did I know the Lurking Horror that was waiting to stab me in the heart any day now.
And now, with a full recap, here's to the next several years (hopefully).
I bought a few years back for $18, looks like it has gone up almost double.
Two thumbs up for the music in the vid.
As to the 1702, glad to hear yours is refurbed. Man I really need to inspect the caps in mine and my 1084. That is a big job as there are a lot of caps if I recall. I hate working on CRTs for the HV factor, even though I know how to discharge, I still don't like it. Does you friend happen to have a BOM or a caps list for the 1702? I can find it all out myself but it is so much faster if one already exists.
It's funny you mention that book, ZZ. I actually saw a picture of a guy holding it yesterday on (iirc) a Thimbleweed Park forum of some sort. I instantly recognized the cover, as it is the commodore blue and that distinctive white pattern! So I started looking around to see who still published it. Best price I could find was $35. So it and one other book are sitting in my cart, which I've left there for now. But I'll probably look to getting them so I have something to read over spring break.
I'm not a programmer - do you think the book would be interesting for me to read?
Fun side-note. I also discovered over the weekend how to add a 2nd line of BASIC to the program to insert random colors to the "walls" which looks really nice.
Personally I don't see it as a reading straight through kind of book but it has some cool discussions. And I have only read bits and pieces here and there.
I bought it when it was $18 and mainly because I always remembered the one liner and like you the color of the book and the font were unmistakable. But if it was $35 I am not sure. I think I would probably wait for it to go on sale if it were that price when I first got it in 2016.
The book is cool. It's an arty academic text, which is why it's pricey (MIT Press). It's written for a non-technical audience, a collection of articles on tech, art, and history. A couple of the articles walk through program listings but do so at a slow pace for non-programmers. It's meant to be of general interest.