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Change in computing

2001-01-07 22:10:31+00 by Dan Lyke 0 comments

Back on New Year's Eve Dave Winer told a story about progress in computing technology which ended: At every step, a well-meaning person would say "What do I need that for, I like entering my programs on front-panel switches. What does this do that I can't do with switches?" The first computer I programmed on was a KIM1. It had a 20 key keypad and an extremely small, limited (6 digit LED) display. The computer I expect to code for in the next year that I'm most excited about exploring has, coincidentally, a 20 key keypad, a small LCD display, and probably similar computing power to that 1MHz 6502 (A Google search on "6502" is interesting...). It's my cell-phone. The more things change...

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