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[#] Fri Mar 27 2020 13:57:53 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Wow, there's a lot of it. What I love about these older systems is that it's possible for a single person to understand the entire computer, from the hardware level all the way up through every level of the operating system.

I knew my C-64 with that level of understanding. I spent countless hours poring through books learning every hardware register on every chip and poking around (pun intended) to learn how it all worked. It's possible to understand Z-80 and CP/M at that level too. After around 1990 or so it started to become impossible for one person to understand the entire hardware/software stack of a modern computer.

Still thinking about this "post-apocalyptic computing" concept, though ... if we find ourselves in a world where chip fabs no longer exist, the VAST majority of "scrounged hardware", even in junk piles from before the collapse, will be at least 32 bit.

(Final note: if something like this happens, I want to die first.)

[#] Thu Jul 30 2020 00:54:48 EDT from ParanoidDelusions @ Uncensored

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Funny thing, I'm on my Amiga in an ancient terminal program in a Telnet session, and I can't easily follow the links above to see where they lead - that tends to be the case. You can get online, but you can only see a portion of the view. Like being a 2D person in a 3D world.

[#] Thu Jul 30 2020 19:52:31 EDT from darknetuser @ Uncensored

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2020-07-30 00:54 from ParanoidDelusions
Funny thing, I'm on my Amiga in an ancient terminal program in a Telnet

session, and I can't easily follow the links above to see where they

lead - that tends to be the case. You can get online, but you can only

see a portion of the view. Like being a 2D person in a 3D world.




Agreed.

I try not to post http(s) links when working on BBS with text terminal interaces. Or if I do, I post a summary of the contents behind the link.

http(s) is so pervasive that even FreeDOS had to include a web browser.


[#] Fri Jul 31 2020 13:01:39 EDT from ParanoidDelusions @ Uncensored

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My feeling is that part of the allure of old-school telecommunications is less fluff, though - so, I suppose I'm getting exactly what I want. 

 

 



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