Vintage Computers

I guess it is probably my tinkering with the Raspberry Pi, not sure, but for some reason I’ve had a very strong urge to find an old computer from the 1980’s. I used to use an Apple IIC, Tandy 1000, and Mac 512, so I started looking for one of those. I’ve always been interested in these old things, but I’ve kind of let that go.

Until now.

I put an Apple II emulator on the Raspberry Pi and started messing around with it. Eventually I decided to try to write something for it. A game.

I have a degree in Computer Science, and I used to work as a programmer, so I have written a decent amount of software, and even a couple of games. But that was all on newer computers, with more modern programming languages, not on an Apple II using their very rudimentary BASIC language.

So yeah, it’s… rough going. The thing is, it’s so lacking that it is hard to do things you want to do on it. Even simple things. Even drawing two boxes of different colors right next to each other isn’t really possible because the way graphics are done on a hardware level will cause the colors to bleed over into each other. At least in hi resolution, which is what I’m trying to use. It’s rough, that’s all I’m going to say. I’m still working on it.

Anyway, I wound up looking around for one of these old things, and I came across a TRS-80 Color Computer 2 and bought it. I’m waiting for it to ship, but from what I can tell (never even seen one of these in person) it is very similar capability-wise to the Apple II, except possibly being a little easier to program for. So I’ll probably finish up the game for Apple, then port it over to the Color Computer 2 when I’m done.

As far as writing-

I’ve been querying more. No agents have been interested yet, but I got a very personalized rejection, and the agent seemed to like the idea and the story quite a bit, just didn’t love it quite enough to represent it. I’m taking this as a positive thing, and I’ll keep going.

Meanwhile, ideas for new stories have been flying into my head lately, so I’ll be making some notes so I can get to these in the future.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!