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16 December 2009 @ 02:56 pm
This was an entry on Boing Boing's 100-word fiction competition "Found in Space" and it touched my geeky little heart:

10 INPUT "Please enter your username: ", U$

20 IF U$ != "Amanda" THEN GOTO 160

30 PRINT "My dearest Amanda,"

40 PRINT "I thought I'd never see you again."

50 PRINT "You've grown."

60 PRINT "I guess I've stayed the same."

70 PRINT "I may not be everything you want me to be."

80 PRINT "But I loved you first, and I loved you best."

90 PRINT "There was a time you loved me, too."

110 INPUT "Come back to me? ", A$

120 IF A$ = "N" OR A$ = "n" THEN GOTO 150

130 PRINT " <3 <3 <3 "

140 GOTO 130

150 END

160 PRINT "Invalid username: "; U$

170 PRINT "You cannot access this space."

180 GOTO 10

It reminds me of how I used to write journaling programs in BASIC so that I could password-protect all my omgdeepthoughts (at age 8). Call it proto-blogging, except with no audience. I wish I still had those diaries somewhere, although I doubt the 5 1/4" floppies they were saved on would do me much good now.
五十音図pfrank on December 17th, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
aww! That's amazingly sweet.
doʇɐǝʇopdoteatop on December 17th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Totally. I still have a box of those old disks, also the 3.5" ones from after that was invented. I absolutely intend to go back and recover that stuff. One of these days ...
harkalark: scaredharkalark on December 17th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
You'd better hurry. Technological obsolescence happens faster than you'd think. Aside from finding a drive that can still play those disks, it's even harder to find computers and especially the software to access what's on them.
harkalark: white & nerdy 1harkalark on December 17th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
D'aw. :)