Retrochallenge, 2005

Ronald Wayne appleto at gmail.com
Tue Jun 14 15:58:54 CDT 2005


The 150 points (most protocols) vs. 300 points (HTTP/gopher) is an
artifact of the competition being designed for run-of-the-mill
personal computer users.  The idea was that HTTP is difficult because
some machines don't have web browsers available, while most people
won't even know what gopher is.  Yes, I know that most of the people
around here can fire up a telnet client and make HTTP requests and
some of you used to use gopher daily, but you're special!

There are no restrictions on software.  Of course most Linux
distributions and software will require an 80386 or better (or a 68020
plus MMU or better), so that doesn't earn you many points.  Same idea
with getting the machine online: sure it is easy with a 68000 or
better, but you simply aren't pushing the challenge to its full
potential: try getting online with a lesser machine.

Anyhow, my 1/2 hour of research leads me to believe that PDP/11 based
machines deserve a multiplier of 2, while PDP/8 based machines deserve
a multiplier of 3.  Am I facing a lynch mob here?




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