I did a hand held pH/ion concentration meter using the 8048. It was fun.
You knew where every damn byte was at all times. The counter top lab
devices used the Z80 and I hardly knew what to do with all that space.
On 10/01/2015 01:56 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I had a 68000 development board when they first came out, but missed the
6800, 6809, HC08, HC11 and the rest. No particular reason, I just went
down the Intel/Zilog path instead. In later years I went with Atmel
rather than PIC. Again, no particular reason.
On 10/02/2015 11:24 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Did I mention I've done a bit of FORTH programming :) I even have an old
HP 16C programmer's calculator. Great fun leaving that lying around and
watching someone try to use it. For extra credit, leave it set to hex.
5 5 + A ???? WTF?
They tried. I was somewhat pissed when IBM put the Good Housekeping Seal
of Approval on the 8088 piece of crap rather than the Z8000. Turns out
Exxon had bought a major stake in Zilog and IBM was in a pissing contest
with Exxon so the Z8000 was never on the table. The 68008 had been
considered but IBM didn't think Motorola could reliably supply parts. At
that time Motorola had a bad rep of hanging you out to dry if they got a
massive contract from the auto industry.
I still have a Captain Zilog t-shirt around here someplace.
On 10/1/2015 12:54 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The first Reading Machine (KRM) had 8KB (4KW) of "core".
Granted, it was a dedicated device but far more complex than
many pieces of bloatware currently offered (where most of the
code is spent drawing pretty GUI's)
We has 20Mhz PCs using Harris chips - and we built 12mhz ATs whenIBM
was doing good to get 8 - and soon had 24s running stable, and selling
for less than "Big Blue" sold their 8.
We also had CDRom long before IBM did - as well as providing larger
hard drives. Lots of features that pushed "big Blue" ahead. The Tier 2
mfgs were also technically "clones" - including AST, Packard Bell,
Compaq, HP, Sanyo, etc.
All Trillium clones passed ALL compatability tests.
i386 based box was embedded diagnostic tool using serial bit shifting
method on logic circuits. Then water cooled back panel, the CDC made
96 layer back panel water cooled. I spent many years at local university
campus. They were multi vendor user for political reasons. DEC, IBM,
CDC, Honeywell. We site EICs were always got along very well. We almost
cross trained ourselves among us, LOL! We used to have a French Bull
made mid-level box which used CMOS VLSI using CML circuitry. One board
was drawing like 35 Amps. We used to call it welding machine. That CMOS
caused lot of headaches caused by static from mis-handling it. Then strict
anti-static measure was implemented which was strictly reinforced. If a
guy was found touching the board with bare hands without glove, strap
and mat, he could be fired on the spot. You know the story about Zenith
laptops during desert storm 1?
What is your back? Process control? Or telemetry? One box solution for
My backround was automotive - then I changed horses and got into
computers. My main job at Trillium was putting CD Rom onto networks
back before Novel knew what a CDRom was, and Unix didn't have a clue
either. The company I worked for was at one time the largest reseller
of hard drives for IBM PC and compatible computers (this was before
the XT) and the largest distributor of CD ROM drives in Canada as well
- We were the first distributor of Hitachi CD ROM drives in Canada -
We put CD Rom towers into university and medical libraries across
We also built premium clone computers - with 2 year warranty.
Then the owner hired a "harvard MBA" type manager who wanted to "grow
the company" - and also wanted it for himself. The business was
mismanaged to death in several stages.
Common story with Gung Ho type with fancy degrees, LOL!
I always liked Plextor SCSI drives. I still have some on my desktop.
It has 3 optical drives Blue ray writer, etc. which is handy. I still
use Panasonic CD-RAM too for small back ups.
On 10/01/2015 04:56 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I worked for a company where the CEO's son was a Harvard MBA. The
company had over expanded right before the plastics industry took a hit
with the oil embargo and was having problems. Sonny boy was brought in
to fix things. It took him about a year to fix us into Chapter 11.
Prior to that he'd helped another company. I don't think it was Jim Fixx
but there was some fairly famous runner who had started a couple of
runners' stores in Boston. The kid helped him expand the operation into
Yah, that's quite common.
Dad starts a business, devotes all his time and energy to it and ignores his kids.
As we all know, ignored children are often under-performers.
Few people can have their cake and eat it too.
The owner of the first company I worked for had been an engineer at GE,
took an idea GE didn't think was worth pursuing, and turned it into a
good sized enterprise. Son #1 turned out to have the hobby of raping
middle aged women in parking lots. He was never found legally guilty but
decided to live 1200 miles away from upstate NY. #2 wasn't doing too
well in a junior college meat cutting course so he dropped out and
became a VP. #3 was actually human and stayed away from the circus.
The old man drove his Lincoln into the garage one night, closed the
door, and forgot to turn the engine off. I wondered if he'd been happier
just drawing a GE check.
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