My keen eyes are always scanning book titles for vintage computing books. Last week I was lucky enough to see this fun cover in a pile of books at a local ‘green’ recycler in Canberra. The price? Free!
The library in primary school featured a few books for children with lines of BASIC code which I to borrow and fill and entire afternoon typing out code only to have the ultimate pay-off – a low resolution rocket shape move up the screen!
This book has already taught me something – decoding barcodes by eye. Printed page 27 (PDF 25) is worth looking at just to learn how to ‘break’ a barcode. Other ‘fun’ covered in the book includes:
- Programming using BASIC with an explanation of lines, run/print command
- IF statements
- REPEAT … UNTIL
- Knock knock jokes
- PLOT and DRAW commands to draw a basic tree and bird shape
- Cute hand drawn Disney graphics
Scanned using an Epson V700 Perfection, Mac OS X 10.10.1, Preview to scan to TIFF, Photoshop CC to level/crop/sharpen each page individually and lastly Acrobat X to combine everything into a logical PDF.