Photo memories of 18 first computers
by Nicole Bremer Nash | June 11, 2010, 3:17am PDT | Image 1 of 18
Franklin Ace 2000 series
TechRepublic member Tink! shares this memory about the Franklin Ace 2000: "I was 5 years old and it was the family computer. My dad taught me how to do simple math calculations on it and I learned how to type using a 5" floppy disk game called MasterType. (When I say "type" I mean real "touch typing". I was typing 60-90 wpm by the time I was in grade school.)"
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Franklin Ace 2000 series - Image 1 of 18
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But, I have plenty of C-128s and things to go with them. Learned the 6502 OpCode and it had a Z80 also. Ran CP/M on it for some time.
My first real jobs second paycheck bought my computer
Then after playing only games or writing Atari Basic (very much like HP Basic) I started to use the 4 joystick ports as two 8bit I/O ports. After having them switch on/off red LED's (the only color in 1982). I hooked them to 8bit Digital to Analog converters to move motors to angle mirrors to aim laser beams like at the Laser Light shows. The audio input was from the cassette tape data recorder, it was only a 1 bit sampler but it input the beat rate of the music to change the mirrors (two angles) to aim the beams of red lasers. Later for a blue Krypton 5 watt beam that we aimed at the moon and could see at night. They had yet to make an affordable green laser so we could not do RGB full color.
After putting it together it did not work. Sent it in and Timex sent me back a working model.
Had fun peeking and poking the computer and learning Z80 instruction set all 156 OpCodes.
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