Please write me a program that makes a man walk across the screen getting lower and lower and tell me how it does what it does.
20 FOR Y=0 T0 25
30 FOR X=0 T0 40
40 PRINT TAB(X,Y) "*";
50 PRINT TAB(X,Y);
70 PRINT TAB(X,Y) " ";
80 NEXT X
90 NEXT Y
One misspent youth later, including the notable event of being dragged out of the computer room by the invigilator so that I could sit what was left of my french exam, I had written the following computer software:
- The school email program (BBC Micro, on the eNet network system)
- Decode morse code (including punctuation) (Sinclair ZX81)
- Various programming tools (music output, read-data-&-restore) (Sinclair ZX81)
- Database (Amstrad CPC6128) where I learned that adults will answer personal questions posed by a child if a computer is used.
- 3-player personal computer implementation of electronic game Detective Shoestring originally by Grandstand, which involved a cardboard separator on the screen, and added a helpful detectives dog as the third player. (Amstrad CPC6128)
- Much much more, and I also learned the futility of adding "-on-a-computer" to various other specialist tasks of the time. My attempt at scenery design on a BBC micro was doomed.
- ZX Spectrum 48K
- Amstrad CPC6128
- TRS80 II with dual disk drive
- 80286 with 2MB RAM and Hercules Graphics Card
- 397SX16 with 4MB