Accelerator boards - no future? Bad business?
cisin at xenosoft.com
Fri Apr 22 15:28:00 CDT 2016
On Fri, 22 Apr 2016, Eric Christopherson wrote:
> I like the new types of peripherals but it makes me a little uncomfortable
> knowing that e.g. in the case of the uIEC-SD for Commodores, the clock
> speed of the peripheral is 16 to 20 times that of the original host CPU. I
> keep hatching little schemes of perhaps putting a tiny OS kernel in the
> thing, but at that point *it* would become the computer and the 128 would
> be just sort of sitting there. The same is true of the CosmosEx device I've
> been thinking of getting for my Atari STs; it has a Raspberry Pi inside.
I heard at the time, that the Apple Laserwriter was the "most powerful"
machine that they made, and that certain people were connecting terminals
to it and programming in Postscript. I did some trivial programming in
Postscript, but didn't have a Laserwriter. It was a stack based language,
with similarities to Forth. I suspect that the "terminals" were actually
terminal emulation in whichever machines were currently connected anyway.
I made a company logo that was outline letters with a fill of lines
radiating from a point (think about Moire pattern artifacts when pushing
the resolution limits). Then I found that the "Freedom Of Press"
Postscript emulation of the commercial large format printer was too slow,
and did not have a large enough stack space. (whilst other deadlines were
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