Last Updated or created 2022-11-29
While attending the LTS (lower vocational technical school), i could often be found in the computer lab.
I was the only student who had his own key.
We had a classroom with 16 computers, 2 drives at the master station and a printer.
Everything was connected using Econet. (These where the first networked computers i’ve worked with)
So every moment we didn’t have a class, i was there.
Even when i had to do final exams, i was late entering, and sometimes one of the first leaving.
Today (2022) i ran an emulator on my machine and typed in one of my old programs found in a notebook.
(The real system above pictured, i have to repair)
By the way, this is one of the computers from school, even with its original wooden monitor stand. The school contacted me (a few years after leaving this school) if i wanted to buy one of the machines.
One of the shorter programs in basic
20R=.8 30Q=.05 40MODE0 50X=500 60GCOL1,3 70Y=500 80MOVE650,650 90DRAW670,650:DRAW670,670:DRAW650,670:DRAW650,650 100A=GET-48 110IFA=1THENX=X+Q 120IFA=2THENX=X-Q 130IFA=3THENY=Y+Q 140IFA=4THENY=Y-Q 150IFA=5THENR=.8 160IFA=6THENR=0 170X1=200*SIN(X)+500 180X2=200*SIN(Y+X)+X1 190X3=50*SIN(Y+X+R)+X2 200X4=50*SIN(Y+X-R)+X2 210Y1=200*COS(X)+500 220Y2=200*COS(Y+X)+Y1 230Y3=50*COS(X+Y+R)+Y2 240Y4=50*COS(Y+X-R)+Y2 250CLS 260IFX4>650ANDX4<670ANDY4>650ANDY4<670THENPRINT"RAAK" 270MOVE450,450 280DRAW550,450 290DRAW500,500 300DRAW450,450 310MOVE500,500 320DRAWX1,Y1 330DRAWX2,Y2 340DRAWX3,Y3 350MOVEX2,Y2 360DRAWX4,Y4 370GOTO80 380MODE7 390PRINTTAB(12,10)CHR$129CHR$141"FASH-SOFT" 400PRINTTAB(12,11)CHR$130CHR$141"FASH-SOFT" 410A=GET 420RUN
Keys 1,2 - first arm (left/right) 3,4 - second arm (left/right) 5,6 - open/close grabber
This program got me in trouble because my teachers didn’t believe me. It wasn’t written by me according to them. Because my math grades were terrible!
Later versions had a nicer looking robotic arm. (More 3d, not a line but a arm with thickness)
*CAT ; list disk files LOAD"FSHDRAW" ; load Print to file or clipboard LIST07 ; page formatting VDU2 ; start output redirection (screen + "printer") LIST VDU3 ; stop redirection
Installing the Emulator under linux
git clone https://github.com/stardot/b-em.git sudo apt-get install autotools-dev automake sudo apt-get install liballegro5-dev cd b-em/ ./autogen.sh ./configure make ./b-em