Why blinkenlights ?
jos.dreesen at bluewin.ch
Tue Mar 20 15:18:40 CDT 2007
I am currenly contemplating what kind of IO to put on my coming i8008
system : what is it that makes blinkenlights (i.e. leds and switches )
seem so attractive ?
It must be about the worst possible way to interact with a computer...
So why is it then that almost all early micros had them ?
a 7segment display with keyboard ( as in a H8) is clearly more usable,
and would have cost nothing more. Or were early eproms (for the monitor
program) that expensive ?
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