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    The cool thing about the VS23S010D-L being used here is that it is an SRAM chip with a bonus video display controller feature, not the other way around. It’s a little hard to get here, but I’ll keep trying.

    The author’s “history” writeup is worth a lazy afternoon of reading and is where I learned the above tidbit: https://basicengine.org/history.html

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      That is quite interesting :)

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      Until a couple of months ago, I was kind of looking for something like this to get my son started in programming. I ended up using a Raspberry Pi with a C64 emulator using retropie.

      I used to think that learning BASIC was the best way to get into programming because that’s how I got into it. Only recently have I realized that learning BASIC worked in the 80s and 90s when technology was just more limited. You would turn on a computer and you would be met with a monochromatic prompt. I remember learning how to use BASIC to change the text color on the screen and it blew my mind and prompted me to keep exploring.

      I bought the old book that I used when I was in the 5th grade to learn programming (called Basic Fun: Computer Games, Puzzles, and Problems Children Can Write). I remembered it being awesome but a lot of the exercises in there are pretty boring in 2018 :(

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        They may feel boring in 2018 because our minimum expectation has been raised by modern marketing/entertainment training us over time to have shorter and shorter attention spans.

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        I want to make this so much!

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          This is one of my new favorite things.