The story :
1982, I was 10 years old...As kid I was attracted by video games when I saw the Atari system. Fortunately I change my mind just before purchasing it when I saw the Colecovision.
It was amazing but limited, but I didn't knew why...For example I was puting the cartridge in a wrong position to make it bug and to see something else on
Later a friend of mine told me that he had a computer and asked me if I wanted to see it.
It was enough to convince my parents to buy me that beast (and that's the reason why my profile pic is a speccy picture).
The same guy showed me that there was also a computer at school that we could use to code in Basic. It was a GOUPIL II.
So, on our spare time we went to this place to code some games.
I discovered the Hebdogiciel magazine. I was a mag with a lot of code listings, good articles, and with interesting tricks like cracking software.
Our techno teacher wanted to introduce us at computing. It was a room with 12 Thomson TO7-70. They called this room
The computers where not connected.
Well the first day was so boring: She (the teacher) showed us how to start the computer, use the keyboard, load stuff...etc that I had the time to crack their main program
(PEEK/POKE) to change the variables from the beginning. At the end of the course, I took my time to pack my stuff and I was the last student, then she congratulate me because she noticed that I was familiar with computers and my performance with their software.
I replied :
Well I have been punished and never had the opportunity to use these computers again. Do you want to know what I was doing while the others were computing ?
20 GOTO 10
But with my pen !!
I sold the Speccy for a C64 after reading an article about the comparison about 8 bits computers.
It was an mistake because the C64 was unpopular in France: Only one guy had a C64 & me
There was something wrong with those computers:
-You needed a TV
-They were slow (tape) to save your code
1 example : When my father wanted to see a movie on the TV he was shutting off the electricity in the house to be sure I leave the computer. I was angry. Everytime I was loosing my code.
So the solution was the Schneider (Amstrad) CPC 464 color.
It was so expensive that I couldn't imagine to have a Floppy at this time and I succeed to deal with my father. I was not using the lounge TV anymore...
When I decided to move on 16bits, I was reading in the magazine that the performance between the Amiga and the Atari St were the same, instead the sound.
So I choose the Atari 520 ST. It was incredible. Each time I was starting it was like I couldn't believe it. like if I was dreaming. A very very good computer.
Until a friend invite me to his house to show me the
I can remember : There was a towel on it. He took it off, Kickstart 1.2...and put the
- He asked :
- No definitely !
Then he showed me Soundtracker, and that's how I started music.
Fortunately the ST died (guess it was the PSU) quickly, and as it was under warranty and the shop when I bought it wanted to take it back for a good price.