Monday, February 18, 2019
The 8-bit Barbarian
So, I came across this article on CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/17/tech/30-year-old-apple-computer-work-trnd/index.html, and I thought, "This is news? I do this all the time!"
Why, just the other day, I was climbing down an old dry well, and at the bottom I spied a box, so I climbed down for a closer look. To my surprise I saw an old Commodore Vic-20 box! What a find! except it was surrounded by snakes... and fire. Fire snakes actually! As I got closer, the fire snakes were all like, "You shall not have this biz!" And I was all like, "Oh yes I shall!" So I climbed back up and got a bucket of water. Needless to say those fire snakes ran like crazy when they saw me coming back. I grabbed the box and climbed out before they got any more ideas. Fire snakes can be kind of dumb.
When I got out of the well I opened the box and to my surprise, there wasn't a Vic-20 in it at all, but rather a Commodore 64. It was pretty nasty too, having gotten all dirty and yellow sitting at the bottom of that well. So I took it home and cleaned it up. Even clean though, it was still all yellow from being in that stanky old well for who know how long.
Before I invested too much time in this thing though, I figured that I should check to see if it worked, so I plugged it in, powered it on, and got exactly nothing. Well, not quite nothing. The power light came on but the screen was blank. "Hmmmm", I though. "Seems like it might be a memory problem." So, I used the old tried and true, "feel the ram chips" method of testing, and sure enough, one of those chips was hotter than a fire snake! That usually means that the chip is bad. Breaking out my trusty soldering iron, I replaced the bad memory chip with one that I had lying around (yes, I have that sort of stuff lying around), and voila! I had a working Commodore 64.
After giving myself a few chemical burns while restoring the plastic to its original color, I was ready to play Temple of Apshai!
Take that, Attic Guy! (I'm just kidding. It was awesome that his apple was still working) Original Nerds, represent!;-)
So maybe the well was Ebay, and maybe the fire snakes were the people trying to outbid me, but the rest is fact. :-)