Various thoughts about travel, writing, and publishing -- plus anything else that is worth a comment by award winning science fiction author Henry Melton
Friday, July 23, 2010
Old Tron Memories
The media hype about the upcoming Tron movie brings back memories of those days. I was using a Tandy Model 100 as my writing machine at that time. It had 32K of memory which could be used to store text or programs. I could get a short story or parts of a larger work in there. I remember taking the Model 100 under my arm and writing under a tree in the park.
Of course, it also had BASIC and I wrote programs as well. With the ability to set and test pixels on the little screen, I wrote a Tron Lightcycle program. It was single or dual player, using the arrow keys for one player and the F1-F4 buttons for the other. The single player played against the machine.
I posted it somewhere online and got some nice comments on its playability, but I've long since lost track of it. Even Google can't find it. It might have been on a BBS, rather than a web site, and many of those never made the transition to the web. I don't even know if I have a local copy. So much of my early work, especially software, was stored off on cassette or floppy and I no longer have the ability to read what media I have left. Old story scraps are in a little better shape since I can still read the scribbles on rumpled paper.
It's a shame. I'd like to fire up the program an dodge around the screen again, just for old times sake, but I'll never find it again.