MavEtJu's Distorted View of the World

Philips MSX

Posted on 2008-03-01 09:00:01, modified on 2008-03-01 09:00:00
Tags: Memories, My Computers

We never really owned an MSX, it was lent to my father for a short period and during that time it was abused by me discovering the digital world of computers.

The MSX was the first (and as far as I know only) attempt to make a home computer which was compatible between multiple vendors. A Z80 chip, a sound chip, a graphics chip and a two extension ports, of which one was used for a 3.5" floppy drive. Yes, 3.5". Totally incompatible with the P2000T which used the digital recording cassettes, totally incompatible with the 5.25" floppies everybody else used. But it was fast and big.

The graphical capabilties with the lots of colours brought me to the wonderful world of Fractals. Yes, more code to copy from books, while translating the that-basic-dialect-in-that-book into MSX Basic. I still have the book!

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