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Today I was looking over some of the computer programs I wrote back in the 1980s when I had a Commodore 64, and suddenly remembered a very helpful book which I once owned. It was called "Mathematics On The Commodore 64" and I decided to see if there was a copy available online. There was - at Amazon - for $158 ! (I was expecting it to be about $20).

 

Actually I still have dozens of other Commodore 64 books in my library, and hundreds of C64 Magazines as well ... I'll have to see if I can get rid of some of them at $158 a throw.

 

 

Update:

I checked out some of the titles in my library and they are being sold at Amazon for anything from $2.15 to $99; most at about $18-$25.

On eBay the magazines are selling for about $5 each.

 

 

 

 

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Are they being used with functioning C64s, or are they just collectors' items?


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May as well give it a try.


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Pretty cool, Joe.  I think you should pick up some cash selling that old stuff.

 

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Are they being used with functioning C64s, or are they just collectors' items?

 

I got rid of the computers in the early 1990s when IBM became the standard - can't remember whether I sold them or gave them away.

 

I kept the books and magazines because the programming algorithms they contained could be easily transferred (usually unchanged) to the QBASIC language used on the IBM computers.

 

These days I have Liberty BASIC installed on my computer but I rarely use it. Even so, the algorithms in those old C64 books and magazines still work perfectly well with Liberty BASIC (but it's probably 15-20 years since I opened one of those books/mags.)


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I rarely have occasion to write programs nowadays, but when I do, I use C. To expand the category of "program," I also use Bash (a GNU analog of Windows .BAT files) for process control, and POV-Ray SDL, which is a proprietary computer graphics language. C and Bash come standard with GNU/Linux distros.
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HTML and rudimentary PHP are about the limits of my programming skills. I did write a few BASIC programs on the Atari 800XL, stupid stuff like writing a "random" sized block to a "random" location on the screen in a "random" color while making a noise. It was surprisingly non-random and really bad code.

 

Later I graduated to the 16 bit Atari ST family, and eventually received a free Atari TT from Atari because I was promoting BBS software that could run on the TT.  I kept that until it had an accidental collision with a cement floor, the Atari TT is almost as rare as hen's teeth.

 

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Oh, yes, I also do a bit of JavaScript and CSS on occasion. I do HTML, but I've never mentally thought of that as programming.

If I get back into creating Web pages for an online server, I will certainly look into PHP, and possibly PERL, but at the moment, I'm not up to budgeting the energy to learn them.
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 I do HTML, but I've never mentally thought of that as programming.

 

It certainly is nothing like writing executable code, if it is programming at all it is just barely so.


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