Website: Miscellaneous Stuff moved

Posted on 2023-08-14 22:04 +0100 in Coding • 2 min read

This evening I've spent more time working on the planned complete remake of my personal website, in this case "porting" over many of the files that made up the old "miscellaneous stuff" section of the site. If I'm honest, most if not all of the things in there are no longer relevant (like: who really needs a shell script to make gnuplot plots from files pulled off a 1990s-era Garmin handheld GPS unit?), but I thought I'd keep them kicking around "just in case".

One wee section I wasn't going to get rid of though was my scans of three pages from a UK magazine called Personal Computer News. These contain Grid Bike; a game I wrote for the VIC-20, all in BASIC, and got published. For my efforts I got a huge cheque for £40! If that doesn't seem like much to you, trust me, to 1983 me this was huge.

I bought a 16k RAM pack with the money.

Funnily enough, while trying to improve some of the links in the text, I decided to see if there was now an archive online somewhere and, sure enough, there is: in the obvious place. This means that my web site isn't the only copy of my program on the net. If you go to the December 21st 1983 edition and turn to around page 84, there I am!

The cover of PCN

At this point I'm almost tempted to try and get an emulator up and running and get the code going again. How much fun would it be to add a video to my YouTube channel, of me playing one of the very first games I wrote?