Casio AI-1000 info...
philip at axeside.co.uk
Sat May 9 12:26:22 CDT 2009
>> Does anyone have any detailed information on the Casio AI-1000? This
>> is (was) a pocket-sized computer in the vein of those old BASIC
>> handhelds, except it's programmable in Lisp, of all things... I'm
>> interested in what it's capable of, it just looks like a neat little
>> device but there's not a lot of detail out there other than basic
>> hardware specs.
> Really...? I've never heard of this. It sounds like a WHOLE lot of
> fun! Please share any information that you may find.
>> And of course if anyone has one they're just gonna throw away, drop me
>> a line :).
I'm afraid mine isn't for the throwing away just yet, but I'll stand in
line for the info - any info - if people have it!
I got the machine a few years ago when a friend of a friend emigrated to
the US and left his classic computer collection behind. (In fact I got
most of the collection, because I was the only one in that circle who
could afford the storage space. But I digress...)
It programs in LISP. It has a japanese text editor in which you type
phonetics on the QWERTY keyboard and it generates appropriate syllable
characters from one of the Japanese writing systems. I never discovered
how to edit a LISP program, so correcting mistakes was rather frustrating...
I bought a book on microcomputer LISPs, and the programming examples
worked, but it used none of the editing methods in the machine-specific
A word of warning. This machine is not fast. Even a quite simple LISP
program can take a while to run.
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