Keatah Posted June 29, 2022 Share Posted June 29, 2022 For general discussion. Which classic comp do you believe offered the best hardware/software pairing & integration? Biased or not I vote Apple II because of how easily I learned the ins & outs of Applesoft BASIC and then subsequently DOS. The mini-Assembler and Monitor scores points too. Using DOS was like BASIC suddenly getting new commands. It was like a text adventure! New commands to make your character do new things. It was like a hi-tech version of LOAD & SAVE for cassette, a concept all of us were familiar with. Lots of time to contemplate how things operated by the forced waiting for something to load. So us cassette users instantly knew two primary DOS commands straight away. Consider how to see the contents of a disk, the Apple II was beyond simple. All a user had to do was type CATALOG. A list of the disk files appeared onscreen. C64 way of things was ridiculous and retarded. You had to type LOAD"$",8 and LIST. The 6 year old in me was blown into a sea of confusion. Why would one use the LOAD command to see a list of files? And why the "$",8? Why was I looking on the disk for dollar signs? And after serious thought, why 8? I had only one drive device, and why call it "8" and not a normal sense-making "1". To add insult to brain stress we had to LIST it. More tedious typing. And the fucking procedure deleted your basic program from memory! Just 2x retarded. The C64 required you to type 15 keystrokes and killed your in-memory program. The Apple II was simple, type 8 keystrokes. And it didn't erase your in-progress work! Atari DOS 2.5 wasn't much better with a menu system. And I can only imagine what other systems of the day put their users through. 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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