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1980s PCs

Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:31 am UTC
by Bloopy
This is our first PC from 1986 when I was 2. Not sure if I should be surprised that its name doesn't return any Google results, but it's a Super Star XT-6 made in Taiwan - an IBM XT clone which no doubt infringed on a patent or two.

In a big up yours to third millennium electronics, both it and the original monitor seem to be working just fine without the need for any repairs.

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This is the second computer program I ever wrote (in BASIC) when I was 10... "The Clown Show". :mrgreen:

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Re: 1980s PCs

Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
by wumpus
I don't remember that editor at all (I wrote nearly all my BASIC on 8-bit Ataris, and mostly wrote Visual Basic much later on PCs). Presumably it was part of BASICA (or possibly QuickBasic, although I think QuickBasic had a "later DOSish" interface). I *did* use an editor presumably inspired by it called TED.com (which had only 10-12 "features": one for each function key. But it was faster than you could hit "page up/down" even with an XT).

Was the editor part of BASICA (or BASIC.com) or similar?

Re: 1980s PCs

Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:53 am UTC
by Bloopy
It's BASICA, the version seen here: http://www.os2museum.com/wp/dos/dos-3-3/

Re: 1980s PCs

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
by SuicideJunkie
Here's mine, pretending to run a game over 20 years too new for it.
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We had two from that era, and sadly my Dad threw out the wrong one after its brother died, and thus none remain.

Re: 1980s PCs

Posted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:40 pm UTC
by commodorejohn
wumpus wrote:I *did* use an editor presumably inspired by it called TED.com (which had only 10-12 "features": one for each function key. But it was faster than you could hit "page up/down" even with an XT).

Ah, nice. That's still my go-to editor when I'm working with XT/AT-class hardware. Bare-bones, but zippy as hell. Also had a snazzy 90-column mode if you were running on a Hercules card.

Re: 1980s PCs

Posted: Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:34 am UTC
by Bloopy
Not long after posting this thread I tried to write to the Super Star's hard drive and stuffed it a bit, but the drive doesn't seem to be completely out of action. Plus we can still play games on floppy or maybe find a replacement drive.

It had a collection of BASIC games and things which are difficult to find online, so I'll see if I can copy them off the 3½" floppies. One of them is this. Kind of like a primitive predecessor of SingStar I guess. :D