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Uphill both ways in the snow.

OK.. well, I was lucky to have a ham father, but he let me solder some of 
the boards for our original S-100 system.  Early on it consisted
of many Solid State Music boards, but by the time it was retired had a 14" 
10 Meg hard drive with a hand wired-wrapped host interface for the SASI 
interface.  The floppys were NorthStar hard sectored 5.25".  Went from 4K to 
48K when we got rid of it.

I was about 7 years old when the original machine was built-- I used to 
write programs in machine code (no assemblers back then), and by the time I 
wrote the CP/M BIOS driver for the 14" drive I was about 11 I think.  I did 
the cassette tape thing, but the paper tape thing went away when I was about 
5 years old, so I missed it!

Learned "BASIC" by disassembling the original Microsoft BASIC (it was buggy 
back then!) and looking at the keywords.

I actually was an "authorized Apple Service technician" when I was in Jr. 
High school.  Got me out of Home Ec.  Just had to fix "bad Apple's"!

God, is this how I ended up being a EE who does software?  Maybe a normal 
childhood would have been better?  Let's say it this way:  I could identify 
with the movie "Wargames" in the early 80's as I was
running almost the same machine as in that movie.  With a 600 baud (!) PMMI 

Oh well, enough nostalgia.

Fred W0FMS

>From: "Howard Long" <howard@howardlong.com>
>To: <johnh@ih2000.net>
>CC: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
>Subject: RE: [amsat-bb] Looking for Commodore tracking sw
>Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2001 23:08:11 +0100
> > Ah, youth.  You youngsters never had the delights of wiring
> > up about 65 SSI  TTL chips to support an Intel 8008 chip,
> > running at (hang on to your seat) 50 KHz!  And I did it in
> > the snow, too.   John  W5EME
>Right that's done it.
>Now let's see yours.
>73 Howard G6LVB
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