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CoCo Urbane

Done at Last

I finally finished my urbane program. The last part was the save routine. Now I’ll debug it by using it to write my earl program. Back when the coco 2 was new this professor wrote a karl program for it. This little symbol moved around the screen picking things up and putting them down. He wrote an article about it in the Rainbow magazine. A magazine devoted to cocos. He showed how to add two distances. He said if anyone could multiply them before the next issue came out he’d give them a copy of his program. It was very fancy. That was back in the days when you saved and loaded your programs on audio cassette players. I wrote a bare bones version and figured out how to multiply distances. I typed up what karl needed to do to multiply distances. One of his assistants typed it in and made a couple of typos. Of course it didn’t work. I sent a tape in to prove that it worked. He couldn’t load it because the tape had a flaw on it. I never did send it in again. Ever since then I have been writing earl programs (karl). Easy Assembler Robot Language. Of course my name is Earl. Now you know what I’m going to be doing for a while.

By earlcasper

Retired US Postal Clerk. BS at University of Washington. Studied computers at Arizona State University. Lives in Kansas City KS.

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