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The Strange Pleasures of Retyping Computer Code, Over and Over and Over Again

Back in the 1980s I did it all the time — and it was weirdly fun

Code for Conway’s “Game of Life”, from the 1979 book “BASIC Computer Games”

I first dove headfirst into computer programming during the summer of 1981, when my father’s friend lent me his VIC-20.

He’d bought the machine figuring that, hey, computers are the wave of the future




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Clive Thompson

Clive Thompson

I write three times a week about tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer for NYT mag/Wired; author of “Coders” and “Smarter Than You Think”

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