[SATLUG] Presidential Candidate Websites

Al Castanoli afcasta at satx.rr.com
Tue Sep 16 23:48:32 CDT 2008


On Tue, 2008-09-16 at 20:01 -0700, Ernest De Leon wrote:
> Ah but so was I. I got into tech at a very young age...probably too young by
> most people's accounts. My uncle, a sysadmin for several decades now, bought
> me my first 'computer' at 5 years old.  It was a TI-99/4A which allowed you
> to play cartridges with games on them, or one cartridge with a basic
> interpreter.  As there was no hard drive (nor recordable media that I can
> remember at the time), you would lose your 'program' every time you powered
> off the unit. Naturally, it had no monitor and connected to a regular tube
> tv via a uhf/vhf modulator.

The TI-99/4A was a wonderful machine for its day - I taught an Air Force
Electronic Maintenance Tech how to program Basic on one up in San Angelo
around 1982, and yes, you could get a floppy drive for it.

We replaced it with an Amiga a year or two later.

Al Castanoli



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