|>> here’s what an Apple II system looked like, circa 1977 (yes, that’s a cassette tape recorder; Google it)|
This was indeed my first computer, the Apple II+.
Integer, or Floating point BASIC, anyone?
I remember loading and recording programs to tape.
Apple licensed Bell and Howell to make some at the time.
Star Trek... fun game (written in integer basic).
I wrote a game for it ... a Donkey Kong clone, called "Barrels". Vector graphics.
Pop open the lid... only two pieces of a velcro-like material kept you from playing with the innards.
48K RAM. You could remove a memory chip, and plug a full peripheral card into a slot that had a cable going to a machine socket you'd plug into where the memory chip you removed was. This would give you a full 64K of RAM. You were there, man, with that 64K. Totally there. Maxed out and cruising.
With a daisy wheel printer, you were really cooking.
My first job, programming on the II+... for Merril Lynch, during the summer of my freshman high school year. Had to get my working papers signed.
Does that date me? ;)