>>13874>It's often falsely advertised as good for getting into programming but python sucks for that. It's mainly for non-programmers that just want to glue shit together
I never thought of it that way, but it does make sense. I took a basic class in C some time ago, and didn't remember most of it. I still have Borland Turbo C for DOS under DOSBox from back then because I refused to use the visual studio trash they used in class. Right now, I'm learning a bit of MATLAB since I'm studying engineering. That's basically the extent of my experience.>If you want to cross this over with the retro computing hobby, you could get any version of forth you can find for the C64.
This might be an idea, actually. They also had BASIC and others, too, for the C64 didn't they? I would probably still prefer an Amiga to a C64, but looking on the Web it seems that C64s actually are not priced out of my reach. But it's hard to justify spending hundreds at the moment. Maybe I should start trawling my local dumpsters, school ewaste, and recyling centers again...
As for math, I'd say I'm competent. I mean, I know my calculus since like I said I'm studying engineering. Although, I think something more like number theory would be better for programming in some ways.>Yes, that's actually the site I remember. bookmarked!
thanks.>I picked up a bunch when they were still electronics junk and not collectors items
absolutely nice. good on you for saving them from the landfill. I also have a 5:4 screen and to be honest I don't like it so much. I'd much rather use 4:3. Do you have a CRT TV? a small 9 inch one might be perfect for a C64.
I've heard of those Amiga cards. they're cool I guess but like you said maybe not so useful. Although I have seen ethernet adapters for Amigas. I remember seeing a video online where someone was able to use an Amiga to send and receive email, which is pretty damn cool. and also access a telnet BBS. Perhaps if SSH could be gotten to work on one, you could visit whisperchan on your amiga. not sure if that's possible though.>Any luck with that yet?
I took the thing apart and I gotta say I really thought the insides would be a lot simpler. I guess I was expecting to see a less dense PCB, but it seems that this is a phone from the 90s and so has more complex components than an older car phone might have.
I was hoping that the handset part would simply be a keypad, screen, speaker, etc. and that the real hardware would all be inside the transceiver box. But, the handset PCB is very complex. So, it won't be feasible to reuse the old hardware. the keypad matrix is printed on the PCB. Even the screen was surprisingly high-tech. it appears to be just a clear glass panel, but on closer inspection it has electrical traces on the edges that are much, much finer than a hair. and it attaches to the contacts on the PCB by what looks like a rubber gasket. I can only assume that the gasket is z-axis conductive, that is, current can pass up and down but not side to side. so when you stick it on top of the contacts, and then stick the LCD glass on top, the current from contacts can pass into the screen.
so, trying to reuse that is basically out of the question. I do not have nearly the level of skill it would take to try to wire a microcontroller in to these complex parts. there is a Motorola chip on the board as well, I considered perhaps trying to program this chip, but ultimately I think it will prove a waste of time. I would have liked to be able to preserve the internals as much as possible, but it seems like I will have to replace most of it. the plan then would be to reuse the membrane keypad, speakers, microphone, buttons, etc. I'd have to fabricate a matrix for the keypad, and find an LCD display that could fit where the old one went. even the backlight LEDs for the keypad are miniscule surface mount components. it's a shame, I would have liked to keep it as original as possible. It will take some time and money so for now I'm putting it aside.