Post by Jeff Ledger on May 18, 2006 23:39:37 GMT -5
Funny how the lasting value of the 64 is it's ability to continue to grow with you.. (I'm not kidding) I was also young when I got my first one, and remember spending many hours playing games, running/calling BBS systems and programming. Like you, I've also noticed that I appreciate the hardware design of the unit alot more 20 years later as I'm dabbling with more electronics hardware now.
The ability to modify and add hardware is one of the main attractions for me with all of the 8bit machines, especially the Commodore. We've gained such fantastic technology with what we have now, and yet we've lost so much of the creative control.
I was talking with a friend the other day about what would happen if something economicswize or other happened which affected our ability to import or afford modern computer hardware from the places we get it now. He remarked that he would simply have to quit using a computer if his only choice were the old machines we used to create here in the States. His statement reminded me of just how little computer literacy we actually have compared to yesteryear. More people know how to "use" a computer, and less understand what is actually going on... scares me to death to think where we will be in another 20 years.
Were did we go wrong? How about removal of BASIC or for that matter any programming language shipped with the machine, combined with the fact that the hardware has little or no design documentation. Don't even get me started on workmanship...
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." -Albert Einstein