Runstop

On my way to work I stopped off at my post office box at the now hallowed Newton post office. After clearing out the advertising, I decided to explore the building a bit more. I climbed up the stairs to the second level, the home of the Artspace gallery and the National Film Archive’s Auckland space.

The NFA had an exhibition called Control/Alt/Delete, a collection of old computers and clips of old TV commercials and news items about the rise of personal computers in the 1980s. It was really, really interesting. I think it closes in a couple of days, but if you can make it along, you should.

As I was wandering amongst it all, I saw a Commodore 64 in 64C form. Its screen emitted an alluring blue glow, which slowly drew me in.

I knew what I had to do. I typed:

10 PRINT "ROBYN IS COOL"
20 GOTO 10
30 END

Then:

RUN

And soon the screen was filled with a scrolling wonderment of ROBYN IS COOL.

Now, the exhibit’s been running for a few months, so surely I’m not the only person to have done this. But in the remote chance that a harried curator has googled “how to stop robyn is cool on old computer”, it’s simply a matter of pressing the RUN STOP key.

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