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.)
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.
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.
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.
If you have the Citadel client running locally you can configure it to open links in a real browser, then you can just hit "<U>RL View" at the message prompt. I've never found text-mode browsers to be useful at all. Even back in the old days when web pages were static and straightforward, they were never built for multiple kinds of devices as the creators of HTML intended; they were built for Netscape. And today, most web pages are mini applications running in the browser window; forget about them even rendering at all on anything other than a modern browser.
A previous employer was talking about software as a service around 2006, he said it would be the future. I didn't believe him. Everything is a web app. My mother enjoys genealogy, she had a great program that she spent years getting the data into. She had to update her computer and the software is no longer available, it is a web app. She spent years working on our families history, there are many things she doesn't want others to have access to. It might be listed as private but it isn't.
Quicken is another program that is software as a service.
I don't think consumers really relish it, but are being forced into it.
When people start looking to cut expenses, it's those recurrent expenses they look to drop first.
I am currently dealing with a software vendor who offers both on-prem and SaaS versions of their software. If it were my decision I would have gone with on-prem. Their SaaS version is completely stupid: they make you choose the version of their software you want, and then when they offer new versions you have to go through a complex set of upgrade procedures. This completely discards the CI/CD benefit of SaaS while still forcing the customer to pay forever.
Of course, I still think that software costing more than $0 is evil.
Tue Aug 11 2020 13:43:51 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ UncensoredBusinesses like SaaS. Sellers because it leads to predictable revenues, buyers because operational expenses are better tax wise.
I find that executives dislike SaaS when their IT staff tells them, "We don't actually have any control over that service, we just call their tech support and they fix it, and we're not necessarily their priority customer."
I once explained it almost exactly like this to a room of C level executives. The CFO said, "Give me their number, I'll call them and we'll see about that."
A couple hours later he came back and said, "Those guys are assholes..."