VTech PreComputer 1000

VTech PreComputer 1000

I got this at a rummage sale. It's circa 1988. VTech makes new ones now that are fancy and have a mouse, trackball, or some gui-pointing device. This thing has BASIC! It's PRE-BASIC 1.0 I think. Cool...

I wonder if the new ones they sell now have BASIC on them. Sadly, they probably just have a 'word processor' and maybe an 'address book' and 'calendar' - TRAGIC! When I was a kid, I programmed in BASIC, and I loved it. I'd hate to see my kids just view computers as dumb appliances. For so many office-worker-drones, that's all they are, just another piece of office equipment, like a stapler or a calculator (don't get me started on slide rules!). Hmm, I suppose that's changing, thanks to the web (or the net...) or not. I dunno. I'm tired.

Well, I've ranted too much, anyway it's a cool computer. Here's some BASIC:

10 PRINT "HELLO WORLD"
20 SOUND 20,5