Ancient 8086/80286 unixes?
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Fri Sep 14 14:41:06 CDT 2007
> On Thursday 13 September 2007 01:30:39 Ensor wrote:
> > I first came across this myself in the mid-90s. I'd picked up a copy of
> > "Elektor" for the first time in almost 10 years and was surprised that they
> > didn't provide any listings of any form for the projects based around PICs,
> > you had to send away for pre-programmed parts.
> That's about when I remember seeing it happen; also with an article in
> (possibly) PE&EE about building a Z80-based SBC that ran Forth.
Actually, Elektor have been rather better about this recently, and in a
lot of cases the _source_ code for the microcontroller firmware is
available as a free download from their web site.
Alas, in some cases (often for the projects I am most interested in :-(),
this is not the case, often becasue the author gets a royalty from each
pre-programmed chip sold.
> These days when you can build a simple PIC or ATMEL programmer from a couple
> of components, or buy an EPROM programmer off eBay for about a tenner,
> there's not really an excuse.
I suspect the reason (not an excuse...) was that they made money selling
pre-programmed chips. Certainly when you boughht the pre-programmed chip,
it came copy-protected.
> Ob. on-topic: does anyone remember the Forth SBC article I was talking about,
> and does a copy of it exist online anywhere?
No, and as a Forth (and stack based languages in general) lover, I would
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