Reply 20 of 29, by Jo22
Get a haircut you young hippies..... 😁
Man, where do you know of my haircut from ?? 😳
I do play some nostalgic music that I used to listen in early 90s with .mod and .s3m files.
I just loved scream tracker back then. I also run software used for testing different hardware in dos.
Building these little Covox plugs really helped me liking that kind of music.
As time went by, I found out that some songs are actually more than the acoustic equivalent of graffiti.
I think that gaming is the most unique thing you can do with old hardware.
If you want all the games to work how they used to, you pretty much need old hardware.
That's one other reason I keep old parts. I preserve/fix them for testing/comparison.
While I'm not a good programmer, my hardware might help some other dev in the future to check behavior of the real thing.
Also Hercules and monochrome LCD or plasma screens aren't properly emulated yet.
It's good to be able to see these old gems of games with the eyes of their developers (through the use of old hardware).
I'm learning Pascal for the first time through Turbo Pascal 7 and I'm having a blast. 😀
I love that it has the ease-of-use of QBasic, but also a more advanced type system, a bunch of advanced features (like pointers) from C/C++,
That retro game, Paku Paku, was also made by its auhor with the help of TP7 (that cheater! 😉 )
But yeah, TP is a fine piece of software. Personally, I grew up with v3 and v6.
Version 3 was also popular on non-PC platforms, I remember.
It was recently given free for CP/M-80, or so I heard (better double check).
Also interesting retro languages are QuickBasic 4.5 and Visual Basic for DOS. And K&R C (no C++).
Last time, I used a nifty old Basic to C transpiler (B2C) to port a program for my gameport project.
I do my retro-programming on a 486, and Watcom C (which I also use for some projects currently) now feels
painful in comparison each time I have to wait for the compiler, heh.
I'm often using both DOSBox and a 286 for that. 😀
Though I also have my Compaq Contura w/ 486 that I use now and then.
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In what to one race is no time at all, another race can rise and fall..." - The Minstrel
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