Microsoft open sources GWBASIC

Richard Pope mechanic_2 at
Sat May 23 22:31:22 CDT 2020

Hello all,
     I started with a VIC, I then got a C-64, C-128, A1000, A2000 which 
I converted into an A2000T, the A3000T and finally an A4000T. I 
eventually broke down and got a 486 machine and installed Win2000 on  
it. Argh! I kept my A4000T for years after I got the 486. I networked 
them together with Arcnet!
GOD Bless and Thanks,

On 5/23/2020 10:25 PM, Fred Cisin via cctalk wrote:
>>> Later it offered the C128, which had multiple operating modes,
>>> including a much better BASIC and an 80-column display, but also an
>>> entire incompatible 2nd processor -- a Z80 so it could run CP/M. This
>>> being the successor model to the early-'80s home  computer used by
>>> millions of children to play video games. They really did not want,
>>> need or care about _CP/M_ of all things.
> On Sat, 23 May 2020, Jim Brain via cctalk wrote:
>> Again, misleading.  The Z80 was not a design goal.  a 2MHz C64 
>> compatible with 80 columns was the design goal.  THank the Z80 on 
>> some Marketing shmuck that promised CP/M compatibility on the unit 
>> (thinking the C64 CP/M cart would work, which it can't, because the 
>> cart is badly designed, I am told it was a bit f plagiarism from an 
>> Apple II CP/M card, but failed to take into account the strange C64 
>> bus cycle).  Bil is around and can happily tell you the story of 
>> simply designing the Z80 cart into the main motherboard to checkoff 
>> the requirement and quit having to fight to get the cart to work.
> I met a few early purchasers of the C128.
> They were C64 users who felt that they ALSO needed a CP/M machine, and 
> it was handy to have both machines in one case.
> It's possible that with a few more iterations, they might have been 
> able to get the Z80 side and the C64 side to work together better.
> -- 
> Grumpy Ol' Fred             cisin at

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