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|Read Epub î 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (Software Studies) º A single line of code offers a way to understand the cultural context of computing Neat I ve been reading a lot of Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost books recently, since no one can so unapologetically justify 8 bit geek nostalgia like academia can And as a grown man who has a nearly unhealthy love for all things Commodore 64, I had to pick up this book It s a 300 page exercise in deconstruction, focusing on a single line of C64 BASIC code the very title of the book that prints a random maze In these details lie ghostly associations with distant and forgotten forms of cultural I ve been reading a lot of Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost books recently, since no one can so unapologetically justify 8 bit geek nostalgia like academia can And as a grown man who has a nearly unhealthy love for all things Commodore 64, I had to pick up this book It s a 300 page exercise in deconstruction, focusing on a single line of C64 BASIC code the very title of the book that prints a random maze In these details lie ghostly associations with distant and forgotten forms of cultural activity and production whose voices echo from somewhere inside the labyrinth of material history accumulated in a particular technology The book ties the elements of the deconstruction back to well trodden anecdotes and back stories often better covered in other books.A Commodore 64 was very different than an Apple or an Atari 800 Interacting with a computer back in the 80s meant knowing how to exploit many platform specific details Given these machine specifics, a given programmatic approach would usually go with the grain of one system, but against the grain of another I did enjoy seeing the difficulty of porting the one line BASIC program to the Atari 2600, which by the end, provided arevealing comparison that does simply lining up the technical specs of the two systems for side by side comparison Another reader has shown how bloated the Java equivalent of the program could become Although team writing an entire book about a BASIC one liner is a clever conceit, the results I found to be highly patchy There was some interesting history of the C64 and of BASIC, and some amusing bits of 30 year old assembly code, but there was also way too much pointless riffing and capital t Theory about What It All Means Mildly recommended to those of us of a certain age who grew up programming on the first generation of home computers. The first 50% or so of this book is super pretentious, annoying artsy yammering The second half is a wonderful little technical romp, especially if you have some experience programming asm Definitely worth speeding through the smelly half to dive into the fun.