Blast from the past

In the mid eighties, I was very much into the Commodore 64 demo scene. A 'demo', as we called them, consisted usually of music, scroll text and some moving objects. The more advanced and cool the demo was, the more respect you got in the community. My demos were not really advanced, but they were my first dips into design work.  

Me and a friend could sit for hours programming demos that we sent to other friends on 5¼-inch floppy discs in the mail. In this pre-internet era, good information on how to program in assembly code was very difficult to find so we had to reverse engineer other peoples work and try to figure out how things worked. 

"Creating and programming these demos has really helped me in later years when it comes to understand and read code and how computers work in general."

Recently these demos was 'lost' on old 5¼-inch floppy discs that had not been used for 25 years. I bought something called a ZoomFloppy from Retro Innovation as a last resort to try and save some of the work we did. This means to hook up a 1541 Floppy Drive to a USB port and transfer the content from the floppy's to your hard drive. 

My friend had an old and beat up floppy drive that I never thought in a million years would work. But amazingly it worked! We managed to get disc images from all the discs with our hard work on. It was truly a trip down memory lane. 

Action shot from the process of extracting the Commodore 64 disc images. The beat and battered 1541 floppy drive actually worked!