My Life Through Computers – DD22

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First, I would like to say that I’m sorry for taking so long.  I had some audio problems first, and then I had my computer hard disk crashed, and I lost my video file, so this episode is just going to be the audio file.  For those of you that enjoy watching my podcast, I’m sorry.  I will have more videos soon.

 

appleIIDom talks about the first time he ever saw a computer, which was back in 1980.  I know, old right?!  Haha.  That computer, which was an Apple II started Dom’s love affair with, not only computers, but with Apple computers.  He talks about the games he played on this computer and some of the basic commands he used to used.

 

appleIIeDom then talks about the next computer he used, which was an Apple IIe.  The Apple IIe was very similar to the Apple II, but one of the things Dom remembers is that they started adding color monitors.  Dom talks the games he used with this computer and also more about getting into using Basic computer language.

 

appleIIcAfter this, Dom used the Apple IIc and later, in high school, the Apple IIGs.  He talks about some of the different games and programs he used to use, and he also talks about how he used to write games in Apple Basic, learning Apple Pascal and Apple Machine Language in high school.

 

Dom also talks about the difference in the numbering between Binary, Octal Decimal, Decimal and Hexadecimal.  See the table below to give you an idea.

 

Binary Octal Decimal Decimal Hexadecimal
0000 0 0 0
0001 1 1 1
0010 2 2 2
0011 3 3 3
0100 4 4 4
0101 5 5 5
0110 6 6 6
0111 7 7 7
1000 10 8 8
1001 11 9 9
1010 12 10 A
1011 14 11 B
1100 15 12 C
1101 16 13 D
1110 17 14 E
1111 20 15 F
1 0000 21 16 10

 

As Dom talked about, he learned how to program in Applesoft Basic programming.  Some of the commands that Dom remembers are as follows.

 

  • HOME
  • PRINT
  • GOTO
  • IF – THEN
  • LET
  • END

To give you an example of a simple program to try, copy and past the following small program in to the APPLESOFT BASIC in Java.

10 HOME

20 PRINT “I love to listen to the Dom’s Podcast!”

30 LET A = 0

40 LET A = A+1

50 IF A = 15 GOTO 80

60 PRINT A

70 GOTO 40

80 PRINT A

90 PRINT “The End!”

100 END

 

Just copy and paste and see what happens, and then have a play.

 

 

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