When I was in high school I spent math class writing programs in TI-BASIC on my TI-83. Lots of little games and graphic demos and great memories.
Over a decade later my brother found my calculator in storage. He cleaned out the rotten, desiccated batteries, scrubbed down the contacts with sandpaper, put in new ones - and there they were, all of my programs! I still can't believe it.
I work with computers for a living, so I know them well enough. I don't know calculators that well though, and after all this time, now that it's working, I am absolutely terrified that the data could get lost if I try to transfer any files or back them up to a PC.
My question is, is data loss or corruption a possibility when backing up this ancient calculator? Or should I not worry about it and just back everything up? Right now my brother is transcribing the programs manually just in case. Am I being too paranoid?
Also, I've set up and installed the TilEm emulator on my PC. The documentation has examples of installing compiled assembly programs, would the process be the same for installing a program written in TI-BASIC? Or as an alternative, is there a simple way to install or copy-paste a transcribed TI-BASIC program in an emulator like this?