The most interesting and fulfilling activity for myself is programming these machines, as often or not you can still get some practical use out of your machine or even write a retro style game or two!
Vintage Computer Club - Programming
For example I was having a problem with one of my joysticks so I wrote a joystick test program on my VIC-20 so that I could then test out to see what had failed and also to verify that I had repaired it correctly.
10 POKE 37139,0
20 POKE 37154,127
50 POKE 37154,255
60 DN=0: UP=0: LT=0: RT=0: FIRE=0
70 IF J1 AND 8 THEN DN=1
80 IF J1 AND 16 THEN LT=1
90 IF J1 AND 4 THEN UP=1
100 IF J1 AND 32 THEN FIRE=1
110 IF J2 AND 128 THEN RT=1
120 PRINT UP;DN;LT;RT;FIRE
130 GOTO 10
Fancy doing some 8088/8086 Assembly?
How about writing games for the ZX-Spectrum?
We have teamed up with Jonathan Caldwell to publish his book in App form .
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