Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Aug 2012 22:45 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Hardware, Embedded Systems "It is 30 years since the Commodore 64 went on sale to the public. The machine was hugely successful for its time, helping to encourage personal computing, popularise video games and pioneer homemade computer-created music. [...] BBC News invited Commodore enthusiast Mat Allen to show schoolchildren his carefully preserved computer, at a primary school and secondary school in London."
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RE[2]: Comment by KLU9
by darknexus on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 13:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by KLU9"
darknexus
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2008-07-15

When used to a full screen editor like the C64 it was a bit strange to edit BASIC on an Acorn though. You could move the cursor around, but you couldn't edit. Instead you'd move it somewhere and you could copy text to the line you were really on.


Sounds like the Apple II's primitive edit mode when you were running the Applesoft Basic interpreter, at least in DOS 3.3 which used the version of Basic your machine had in ROM. ProDOS's basic.system (which was always used if present on a bootable ProDOS disk) made a few improvements later on, but it was still a bit awkward to use.

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RE[3]: Comment by KLU9
by MOS6510 on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 14:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by KLU9"
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2011-05-12

As I remember it you had a line cursor. The direction keys would create a block cursor (or the other way around). You could move to any place on the screen and hit a "copy" key. The character under the cursor would appear under the "mother" cursor and the "ghost" cursor would move to the next character.

More annoying was that the Electron had a "break" key that performed a reset, while the C64 had a "delete" key at the same position, top right. I was used to a C64 and each time I made a typing mistake the Electron would reset.

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