Canon Cat was: 68k homebuilts
dkelvey at hotmail.com
Sat Dec 13 08:50:03 CST 2008
First I'd like to mention that the Canon Cat is an interseting
68K machine. With an assembler written in Forth for the 68K
one could even use it to create their code for their home
built 68K machine.
Behind the Cat's editor is a nice Forth that give one complete
access to the Cat's I/O and memory space. It has a bit mapped video
It would be a great machine to create code and debug. The
ability to attach code words to the Forth makes it an
easy way to run code in an environment that is one of the
best for experimenting and debugging. One can use the
editor to write the code and then assemble and debug
using Forth as a debug monitor.
A few of us have started a google group specifically for
the Canon Cat. It can be found at:
We are new ( a few weeks old ) and are looking for more members.
We welcome talk on other related subjects. This includes the
Swyft prototype, Apple II's SwyftCard and SwyftWare.
Talk on Jef Raskin's concepts of Humane Interface are also
You say, this is all fine but you don't have a Canon Cat and
these machines are as rare as hen's teeth.
It seems that one has just come up for auction. See:
The suggested price is not giveaway but reasonable, considering
that they have gone for as high as $1800 on ebay.
Send e-mail anywhere. No map, no compass.
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