Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Aug 2012 04:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Quick - name the most important personal computer of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Those of you who mentioned the legendary Apple II - that's fine. I respect your decision. Forced to think objectively in 2012, I may even agree. But if you just named Radio Shack's TRS-80, you made me smile. Your choice is entirely defensible. And back in the TRS-80's heyday, I not only would have agreed with it but would have vehemently opposed any other candidate."
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RE[6]: Were TRS-80 clones legal?
by zima on Sat 11th Aug 2012 23:39 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Were TRS-80 clones legal?"
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Hm, now you basically add that most people were simply forced to pick up some BASIC - and certainly quickly forgot it. Like it was the case with all the people from my highschool, which at ~16 taught everybody... LOGO.

I wouldn't call it "coding was far more popular" - and I still have some doubts about calling it "coding" at all: as I write nearby, this type of computer activity, & the level of "insight" most of those folks had, doesn't seem too far removed from people who have step-by-step instructions, written for them on paper, how to do the most straightforward (it would seem to us) Windows GUI operations ...because they were suddenly forced to do it, usually by their workplace replacing typewriters and paper spreadsheets with computers and such
(people who can't create new email, can only reply; and send their email address to somebody basically right by, using... fax; who absolutely can't use search functions of computers; who must be periodically reminded that mouse pointer follows movements of their hand in two dimensions even in Start Menu ...I'll better stop recalling now)

And I wouldn't call those able to use GUI software - they are trained (not educated, more like you train an animal) to do some resemblance of it, they give an impression that they have any real grasp.


Generally, we still have many more coders around now (I strongly suspect also UK-wide; but certainly overall) ...just, those who choose that more actively.

BTW, I stumbled on a nice http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_home_computers sortable by country of origin. Jupiter Ace seems curious (if not for... yoghurt case - seriously, WTH was it with British computers and their cases & keyboards?! ;) ). Or Memotech MTX - apparently with some pre-Hypercard, hm (and its weird history with the Soviets - best of all, a version with red case)

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