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Re: Early Automation system nostalgia (was:why I like assembly (And CRTECH))
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Subject: Re: Early Automation system nostalgia (was:why I like assembly (And CRTECH))
From: John Stortz <ka4flx@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2018 12:34:25 -0500
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I am reminded of an article I read about someone building automation software to run on a C-128. I think it was connected with some college station & offered for public domain. I thought, "Wow! this system is so cheap & could last forever!"
Didn't realize, back then, that TAPE would become obsolete...

John S.

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On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 10:31 AM, Willie Barnett <wbradiolists@gmail.com> wrote:
OK, I should have been more specific. ;) We didn't have automation *available to us* back then... not that NONE was available. :) Whipping-up that very rudimentary system was a very rewarding project! My co-workers liked the simplicity of it. (Relatively speaking... set the 2 analog receivers, put tapes into the decks, and press a key.) I loved having those first two shows ready! ;)

BTW, one of the nice things about the C128 that made this project workable, was that it used the 60Hz line frequency to keep ACCURATE time! I tapped into one of the two internal clocks for the scheduler. :)

Lamar, you never cease to amaze me with your awesome "tinkeritis" projects! Man... if I had even half of your skills... ;)

I'm just puttering along with GWBASIC and struggling to get better with C for the Arduino! (Wishing there was a GWBASIC for it! LOL!) ;)

Bummer about that lightning strike... but kudos to you for making such a painstaking backup! It's my mantra: You can NEVER have "too many" backups! :) (Thankfully, they are MUCH easier/faster nowadays!)

I am also THANKFUL for co-workers that don't "tinker where they don't belong"... both in my past, and present, the folks I work with are truly top-notch. I am THANKFUL for each one of them! :)


On Sat, Feb 3, 2018 at 11:07 AM, Lamar Owen <lowen@pari.edu> wrote:
On 02/02/2018 09:41 PM, Michael Barnes wrote:
Actually, there WAS automation back then. Way ahead of its time was the WINGS system, developed by the HCJB Engineering Center. I believe the first version went on line around 1989 or so. Originally running on DOS 5.1, it had a basic GUI for user interface....
I remember the first automation system I used; Digital DJ was its name.  Put my first one in on September 1, 1991.  A little later, put in another system alongside of DDJ called 'The Auto-Mate' by John Zolkoske;

Anyway, great nostalgia time, there.....

References: Re: why I like assembly (And CRTECH)
(Willie Barnett <wbradiolists@gmail.com>, 2 Feb 2018 17:53:20 -0000)
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Re: Early Automation system nostalgia (was:why I like assembly (And CRTECH))
(Lamar Owen <lowen@pari.edu>, 3 Feb 2018 16:08:05 -0000)
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