So, I feel that I must assert my Nerdelicious-ness by posting what I was wearing yesterday (under my labcoat, of course!).
Back in the twilight of my nerd-hood in the early 80s, my father (an electrical engineer) brought home a most wonderous contraption. It was my very first computer, a TI99 made by Texas Instraments.
Check these stats and drool! Processor speed a blazing 3.3 MHz, memory was an ample 256 bytes, PLUS 16 KB RAM. Can we say SAH-WEET???? It ran on Basic of course, only the most cutting edge OS would do for my three-year old brain. We even splurged on some righteous peripherals like a tape deck, and a 5 1/4 inch floppy drive. Whoa Nelly!
But what was most thrilling to this young nerdlet was the speech synthesis program that this TI99 had. The program came with a book of 200 or so words, which, if typed-in, the computer would say! I made it my mission to use these 200 words in the most hilarious (to me) and annoying (to my parents) way possible. The three words which fit the bill were: KICK, BOTTOM, and GOOD. Yes, ladies and gentleman, this poor TI99 was forced to say KICK BOTTOM GOOD KICK BOTTOM GOOD over and over for my delight until He-Man came on.
Later, when we got a Tandy, I became obsessed with text-driven adventure games such as ZORK (and all the spawn of ZORK), PlanetFall, MoonMist, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…………..well pretty much ANYTHING made by InfoCom.
In fact, one of my goals for this blog (I now immediately realize) is to make contact with one of those InfoCom guys. Although I would have to complain that the tip line for their games (you know, if you got stuck) was way over-priced.