My Microsoft Turning Point (Premium)


What’s interesting, to me, anyway, is that the Commodore 128 came with a Microsoft-branded version of BASIC that was pretty terrific. I never owned a C128---my friend Dave did---but I did buy a C64 cartridge called Super Expander that basically allowed C64 BASIC to work similarly to the superior C128 BASIC, with its high-resolution graphics capabilities. So where other teenage nerds would walk into a retail store, find an idle computer, and type in a silly BASIC program that displayed “Paul was here …” (or whatever) on a loop, I would do the same to a C128, but it would draw circles, squares, and other shapes all over the screen in random positions, sizes, and colors. I could make that thing sing.

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