Hello and welcome to my website, styled in the format of the Commodore 64 !
Programming in the early 80's required serious effort - Nobody else to ask when something didn't work! Regular visits to the library renewing books that sometimes got reserved and it would do my head in! Looking back now I can see the "geek" in me was there from an early age. I got into BASIC programming in 1982 with the Vic20 when my brothers we're out on their BMX's. This gave me lots of time to type out programs from books and test the results. Go back over every line of code to see where I'd gone wrong, correct any mistakes and get it going! The biggest killer of all was typing out a massive program perfectly, to find that the code in the book was wrong, so the end result was bugged! If you can overcome that shit, you must have OCD. That said, there were a lot of pleasures from seeing the end results of all the hard child labour involved lol.
Remember adjusting that little screw in the tape device to "load/listen" the game you'd taped off your mate? Sometimes it took time but it was worth it for a game that would last for hours on end ;)