I think it's really sad that most computers today are used for consuming media and nothing else.
Back in the day, user manuals for new computers came with instructions on how to write your own programs.
Users were actually encouraged to learn how their computer works.
Now people are lucky if they don't accidentally install 30 spyware botnets while torrenting that latest hollywood movie, because they really have no idea what they're doing.
You don't need to back that much to find stuff with decent manuals, pic related came with a manual that had windows installation instructions, description of hayes commands, configuration options and internal registers for more advanced stuff.
>"The unbridled use of the go to statement has as an immediate consequence that it becomes terribly hard to find a meaningful set of coordinates in which to describe the process progress. ... The go to statement as it stands is just too primitive, it is too much an invitation to make a mess of one's program."
>it's sad that once people who bought a potato planted it to grow new potatoes, now everyone just eats them and almost everyone has lost the skill of growing potatoes
Welcome to human society, anon, where a certain task is not required for everyone in the population but only for a few who specialise in it, so the rest of humanity has more time to do more important shit. Enjoy your stay!
computers have become so advanced that there is very little technological progress anymore. that's why users don't code as much. nowadays it is all style over substance. hobbiest programmers have moved over to arduinos and discrete electronics as the learning curve to contribute to linux or program fpga's is far beyond what it took to write space invaders for the commodore 64.
>the learning curve to contribute to linux or program fpga's is far beyond what it took to write space invaders for the commodore 64
I feel this statement actually. I'd love to help and work on the kernel or driver support, but sometimes I feel it's just way out of reach.
It got casualised for commercialisation, they don't care about that shit it's just a tool to consume dank memes with.
The same thing happened to drones and it will probably happen to spaceflight and sexdroids.
You end up back in the garage anyway, anon. Sorry if you don't get the reference.
that was because there was rarely a sizable amount of software for these systems on release and even if there was, something as simple as a text editor would set you back $40, and any real applications like word processing/spreadsheeting software $100-$500
computers were also treated differently, they were used for different tasks and the people who were buying computers were usually buying them with the intent of programming them themselves or at least using them for jobs that would require development anyway
now that we have standardized platforms with large software bases (all written in much more complicated languages than BASIC), and if people want to write their own software they can google it
in other words, fuck off back to >>>/b/ 90s kids
It's a nice thing that everyone should be given the opportunity and encouragement to try. I'm just not seeing how it's any better than the feeling of successfully replacing your brakes, or cooking a multi-course meal, or painting a picture, or visiting a new city and making a new friend. They're all just flavors of self-actualization we use to pretend that we've done something significant before we die.