Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Jul 2011 12:01 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Back in the 80s, the Commodore C-64 had an intelligent floppy drive, the 1541, i.e. an external unit that had its own CPU and everything. The C-64 would send commands to the drive which in turn would then execute them on its own, reading files, and such, then send the data to the C-64, all over a propriatory serial cable. The manual for the 1541 mentioned, besides the commands for reading and writing files, that one would read and write to its internal memory space. Even more exciting was that one could download 6502 code into the drive's memory and have it executed there. This got me hooked and I wanted to play with that - execute code on the drive. Of course, there was no documention on what code could be executed there, and which functions it could use." Very interesting. I'm most interested in how he describes others taking his work, and making it better. This would be impossible today, thanks to Microsoft, Apple, and other patent trolls.
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RE: Painful memories...
by Laurence on Mon 18th Jul 2011 12:42 UTC in reply to "Painful memories..."
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We had a C64, but my father never saw a reason to get a floppy or tape drive. So all of my programs were written on paper, and had to be retyped after each reboot. It was cool at first, but having to re type everything caused me to lose interest after a while and just use it with the game cartridges.

Sort of sucks looking back on all the fun I could have had with the disk drive.

A floppy drive I could understand (I started out on an Amstrad CPC646 with no floppy drive), but no cassette drive either!?

That's a little like buying a car and being told the petrol tank is optional.

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