From: Ethan Dicks (ethan.dicks_at_gmail.com)
Date: 2006-09-29 00:17:06
On 9/28/06, Gabriele Bozzi <email@example.com> wrote: > Well, I did not know the fact of the 6530s. Obviously I never had a > Kim-1 to play :-( I don't either. I have a SYM-1 which is very KIM-like, but with 6532s (no ROM) rather than 6530s. I've always kinda wanted a KIM, but not enough to go trolling on eBay for one. > Another curiosity: at startup the machine reports 3571.8743 bytes free > !!! Four decimal places of a byte: that's what I call precision!! That's really strange. > After a while a power-cycle restore the usual 31000-something bytes > free. Suspecting some capacitor has reached it's retirement age. Old caps are one issue to deal with, so are crufty sockets. > By the way: the chicklet keyboard is not that bad, maybe is because > nowadays we are used to surrogates like those laptop's keyboards that > now the toy-kb of the 2001 seems acceptable. I got my start on a chicklet-keyboard PET. It helped that I was a kid and didn't have sausage-fingers, but at the time, I _liked_ the square layout - made8-way directional games easy to play. > I found a ROM containing TIM and other stuff, I guess I will give the > 2001 a try or some weeks on my desk. Nice. One of my greatest shocks when I got a 32K 2001-N (essentially the American version of the 3032) was finding out that TIM was in ROM on rev 2 ROMs. I quickly tired of entering in programs in hex and dropped $15 on a blank 2532 to get a better monitor from the local user group. Still have that 2001-N and it still has that ROM fitted in it. Maybe I should back it up ;-) Enjoy learning TIM, but if you intend to do much with that machine, you might consider an add-on monitor with more functionality (like line-at-a-time assembly and disassembly). -ethan Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list
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