For this year’s Christmas Episode of Let’s Code MS DOS we are revisiting Power BASIC and will be coding a very seasonal snowflake. It will be based on the Koch curve, especially implemented using an L-system. This is a rather easy system to describe fractal structures. It is not as hard as it might seem and you will be able to adjust the curve to display different things.
The Commodore 16, or C16 for short, is one of the few machines that Commodore designed and produced in the mid 1980s based on the TED chip. They were supposed to be cheap, entry level home and business computers mainly geared towards text display. But they also had some graphics and sound capabilities. They sadly fell short of their goal, mainly due to the fact that founder Jack Tramiel left Commodore and new management didn’t really know what to do with the TED machines. The C16 is a brother to the more sci-fi looking C116, but comes in a classic C64 style breadbin. We will have a look inside, upgrade it to a more usable 64KiB of RAM, and play some games and demos on it!