You spoiled brats with your C64s with floppy drives and your VIC-20s... you had it too easy. The original Commodore PET had 8K of RAM, a 40x25 character display, and storage on a cassette tape.
- * Playing stored program tapes on my cassette player (later on when I got a modem, discovering that the sound was very similar)
- * Clumsy but workable graphics using the shaped symbols in the upper ASCII set and POKE commands to move them around the screen quickly
- * Opening the case to explore the motherboard, and discovering that the connector for the CRT could plug into other pins sticking up to produce interesting flashes on the screen (amazingly did not electrocute myself or fry any components)
- * Trying to write a Monopoly game and blowing up the 8K RAM just defining an array of 40 elements for the property squares
Good times! My roommate in college did get a C64. He had to keep two 1541 floppy drives, because they tended to overheat so he'd keep one in the freezer and swap it out with the one that was overheating.