Monday, December 7, 2015

Is this the first academic slide presentation using an 8-bit computer since the 80's?

Who knows, but it was fun:


But my message is quite serious: By insulating new computer science and IT students from how computers really work, we may well be disadvantaging them, by preventing them from learning how a computer really works.  It's quite the same idea as starting a mechanic on a simple old car, instead of on a nuclear submarine: make the important details visible so that they can be learnt.

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  1. Nice video what shows what really computer is and much more understandable what programmer do - example with POKE and PEEK is great to show how computer handles memory... and more!
    Great!

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  2. You know? If Commodore 64c (original, not Mega65) gets even more cheaper.....schools and universities could really use them for educational purpose and be very cheap on the pocket of the institution. For example, people will use Commodore 64 for power point presentation (even have graphical presentation), there could be a mathematical program for the Commodore 64 with graphical bar drawing and everything that could be used in Math classes for presentation and even could replace the whiteboard as teachers can write notes on the Commodore 64 and for math class can be used to do calculation to explain formulas and stuff.

    Just my thought on the matter. Of course there will be required programmers to write the programs to make it easy for teachers to do presentation in class without fooling in code during class, etc.

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    1. I think that would be taking it too far. My thinking is really about using simple computers for only a few weeks of intensive activity to get people understanding how computers work, and then when they start being frustrated by the lack of capabilities, they are then in a position of wanting and being ready for "normal" computers.

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  3. Oooooo....boot camp, eh? LOL

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  4. Computer Science students had to learn digital logic and assembly language, even though we don't use them at work. The principles are important to learn. And I think some principles are learnt best on a small platform.

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