Historic Tweet

The 140 character limit on Twitter may be a constraint for some, but it lets others go retro.

On February 20, an antique Commodore VIC-20 (circa 1981) at the Personal Computer Museum in Brantford, Ontario was used to send a tweet. There was a CBC report on YouTube the day before, and the event itself was recorded for posterity here.

The program had to be loaded into memory from a cassette tape. Talk about constraints!

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  1. Ah, but completely amazing that my little tape deck could play back sounds which translated into 1s and 0s. Our first family computer was the TI99-4A which operated in similar fashion.

  2. While the VIC-20 had only 5k of RAM, it had some pretty neat games and helped pass many a rainy day.

    What a gem that PC Museum is! While browsing through its website and gallery of \artifacts\, I came across the Atari 800XL, with which I ran a BBS with a 300 baud modem when I was in high school — http://bit.ly/dypj57

    Visiting that museum’s site brought back many memories of a time when computers were fun, long before our society became utterly shackled to computers and the Internet.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  3. I had a cassette player to go with my TRS-80 Model 100 too. I probably still have it somewhere, if I dig around a bit. It never did fit in the carrying case, which I just opened up again for the first time in years, but the acoustic coupler was in there. I remember carrying that thing to conferences so I could check my e-mail, 1980s-style.

  4. Oh man, nostalgia time: I also had a TRS-80 100 (a “Trash 100, as we said then), one of the truly great machines. The height of its impressiveness was when I was in a cottage without electricity in deepest, darkest Europe, writing away on it day after day and saving to cassette, all powered by double A batteries. Hard to beat, even now. Lovely thing.