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How it was: Fan-fold paper and ASCII art

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SteveD_Aus   10/20/2011 11:21:18 PM
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Reminds me of when I first got into computing with the arrival of my C64 one Christmas. Much of that early time was spent typing in programs (BASIC, of course) from magazines and books. A favourite was Basic Computer Games by David H. Ahl the founder of Creative Computing magazine. I'd repeatedly borrow this book from my local library and enter the programs into my C64. I think it was more about the typing than the running, but Ahl's book had a great mix of programs. One was the Banner program that would take a text message and convert it to a large banner of ASCII block characters over as much fan-fold paper as neeeded. On my C64 without a printer, I would just watch the generated output scroll past on the TV screen but later on I dd use the program to create real banners for birthdays and other occasions. Of course since fax machines also used roll paper at the time and could transmit 'banners' as long as the machine itself did not throw a paper jam error of some sort after deciding a sheet could not possibly be that long...

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BigTech0   10/14/2011 9:52:05 PM
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Check out aalib (http://aa-project.sourceforge.net/aalib/) for a high-quality ascii-art generator. People have tied this as a display backend into various simulators, a TV viewer, even the popular libsdl graphics output library. Pretty clever.... Now you just need a real vt100 to display the output. :)

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M_S   10/13/2011 2:39:25 PM
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I worked at Martin Marietta maintaining some line printers in the late '70s, early '80s. As I remember, the boxes of paper were rather large - somewhere between 1 and 2 feet tall. Those printers were really a bear to keep working right - it seemed I was continually trying to tune one or another of them to keep the hammers from jamming!

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Max The Magnificent   10/10/2011 3:40:34 PM
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Now I'm openly crying...

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David Ashton   10/7/2011 9:40:19 PM
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That's not the half of it. I had to be pretty ruthless. I had an old wind up telephone. A lot of Nixie tubes. Abouth half my vinyl records (including Deep Purple's Made in Japan :-(( ).... The first Stereo I built myself - Amp from Sinclair modules (do you remember those Max?) plus a homebrew Preamp, speakers from some old boxes I got plus a kit of 2 x 3-way speakers I bought in Johannesburg, and turntable from a kit. I had some BIG tears roling down my cheeks at the time.

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Max The Magnificent   10/7/2011 12:47:39 PM
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OMG I would have LOVED that as part of my collection -- and you chucked it out? A little tear is rolling down my cheek as we speak...

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David Ashton   10/6/2011 10:56:09 PM
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Until I left Zimbabwe I had a Baudot code tape (5 holes, not 7 like ascii) with the Ballad of Eskimo Nell on it. I chucked it out as teleprinters that can read it are now all in museums...

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Max The Magnificent   10/6/2011 3:17:15 PM
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I think it had just dawned on me that it was my turn to buy a round of beers (grin)

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