What are the really unusual or weird computers?
lproven at gmail.com
Fri Jun 22 18:07:37 CDT 2007
On 22/06/07, Jim Leonard <trixter at oldskool.org> wrote:
> Curt @ Atari Museum wrote:
> > What floored me was how tiny and how little there really
> > was on the Mac motherboard, I couldn't believe so much power and
> > abilities came from so little.
> The original Mac doesn't get enough "hacker" credit. A ton of tricks
> went into the software that drove that thing. Pretty much everything
> was done in software, even the sound generation (which is why you get a
> variable answer every time you try to look up how many simultaneous
> voices the machine could produce -- it was a single-voice DAC, but
> various programs did varying levels of music synthesis or digital
> channels through mixing).
Absolutely. The original Mac was an amazing bit of design and had a
number of elements that neither Windows nor Mac OS X manage to
capture. Some of the original design team were genuine computer genii.
Folklore.org has a lot on this topic.
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