Friday, February 2, 2018

Il mio primo computer


Day 146 of My Italian Learning Journal*
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Today I was reflecting upon the prevalence of the personal computer, the PC. It was almost forty years ago that I purchased a Texas Instruments TI-99 personal computer, with a Basic Operating System. I even added a voice synthesizer later. I happened to be in a department store during a Christmas season, and there were a lot of people in the center of the store, and I was curious what all the fuss was about. The PC was on sale, so I picked up one of the last, not really knowing exactly what I was about to buy, or what I was going to do with the gadget -- it was a new gadget, and I love gadgets. Shortly after, I bought a Basic OS book and on my own learned how to program what now seems a primitive computer. The program I wrote soon exceeded the memory the TI-99 had. My son and I played a Star Wars game, a game that now looks like it was light-years ago. I have kept up with technology because I am a life-long learner. (Now for some practice with a script in Italian -- grammar corrections are welcome.)

Ascolta Questo:
  • Quasi quaranta anni fa ho comprato un computer TI-99.
    Almost forty years ago I bought a TI-99 computer.
  • Il sistema operativo era noto come Basic.
    The operating system was known as Basic.
  • Per saperne di più, ho scritto un programma in Basic.
    To learn more, I wrote a program in Basic.
  • Ho esaurito la memoria del TI-99. (16K RAM, 26K ROM --- Non ridere.)
    I exhausted the TI-99's memory. (16K RAM, 26K ROM --- Don't laugh.)
  • Io e mio figlio abbiamo giocato a Star Wars con il TI-99.
    My son and I played a Star Wars game on the TI-99.
[ Grazie a sailorcya ]
Alla prossima!

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*Note: This is my personal journal of daily practice in learning Italian. I welcome Italian grammar corrections. Grazie.

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