I got my first PC in 1980. It was a Texas Instruments 99 4a home
computer. It came with a Basic programming language and the manual had
programming examples. I typed in the programming examples and experimented with them trying to learn what the different Basic commands did and how to use them. I also bought
an Microsoft Extended Basic programming cartridge for it. The Texas
Instruments 99 4a computer had no hard or floppy drive. I bought a
cable that connected to a tape recorder and that was how I saved the games that I created on it. My second computer was an Atari 800 XL home computer. I also bought an Microsoft Extended Basic programming cartridge for it as well as many game cartridges and an external five and a quarter floppy drive unit. My next computer was
an IBM PC Jr. It had a programming language named BasicA as well as GW
Basic. It also had two five and a quarter floppy drives built in. I
bought my first talking computer in December of 1989. It was an NEC 286 16 MHZ with a 20 meg hard drive. It ran Jaws for dos version 1.0 with an Accent SA hardware synthesizer. I programmed in GW Basic and Quick Basic 4.5 on it. At first I didn't know how to make Quick Basic programs work correctly with Jaws, so I wrote Jaws script
files to go with the games. Later I did learn how to make the games
work correctly with all of the dos screen readers. In the year 2000 I
started writing games for windows in Visual Basic 4.0. I couldn't figure out how to make the games so that all of the windows screen readers would read the text, so I started making the games self voicing by use of recorded Eloquence speech. I am now creating the games for windows in Visual Basic 6.0 and using the Microsoft
sapi5 text to speech engine to make the games self voicing.
BTW The Atari 800 XL had 64k of ram just like the C64. It did not have a sound
synthesizer like the C64, but did have 4 sound channels. I also had a speech
synthesizer program for it. Not a screen reader. It would just say anything
that you typed in.
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Chardon Ohio USA
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