Last night I was reading, for the first time as a programmer, the Commodore 64 User's Guide. When I was a kid I remember going through it casually, wishing I had one small idea of what any of it meant. My father was an electronics engineer, because of that I was always enamored by the fancy diagrams in it.
Now I am reading it, understanding it, and once school frees up some time for me I'll be doing something I've waited thirty years for. Programming a Commodore 64.
I'll be honest, the thought brought up some emotion and I choked up a bit. And in case anyone is curious as to why I am learning how to program on a thirty year old computer; I'm using it to cut my teeth into low level assembly programming. It works like a more complex version of the assembler I learned on a simulated chip in my architecture class.
And the MOS 6502 processor is still used today. Produced by Western Digital, founded by Bill Mensch, father of the MOS 6502 and its decedents. Plus if you're a retro geek, it's really interesting stuff.
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