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Raspberry Pi Gets 512MB Filling

jjmcwill Re:Bring on the Android Pi (178 comments)

This behavior by the phone makers has had perplexed me for some time now.

Can't they see how bad they're making the phones when they pile on all these crappy mods?

about 2 years ago
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Atari 1200XL Stacked Up Against a Dell Inspiron

jjmcwill Re:Not again! (253 comments)

I had a 1200XL, and after updating the ROM, a 256K RAM upgrade, and the video output circuitry, it was every bit as good as the 800XL.

I actually took an XF551 drive modified to use a 3.5" floppy drive mech, and hacked the controller board and drive inside the 1200XL case. The floppy drive was accessible on the right side of the computer via a nice square slot I cut out of the case.

It was pretty darn cool at the time. SpartaDOS was very similar to MS-DOS in terms of a command oriented disk operating system, and I made the leap from my Atari to PC's pretty easily.

I can't believe someone came up with a SD reader hack for them. I'm amazed some people are still hacking them!

about 5 years ago
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SCO Proposes Sale of Assets To Continue Litigation

jjmcwill Captain Ahab (290 comments)

Seriously, does this not seem like Darl McBride is so obsessed with going after "the great white whale" that it's all he can think about, to the exclusion of everything else?

Where and when does it all end?

more than 5 years ago
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What Micro-Controller Would You Use to Teach With?

jjmcwill Basic Stamp (175 comments)

For high school kids?

I think something like a Basic Stamp would be a better fit. You're not gonna have time to teach these kids Assembly Language or C programming AND still have time left over so that they can do something useful with it. I think you'd want to them over the hurdle of learning to program as quickly as possible so that they can move onto the fun stuff: making robots that can move, make decisions, sense their environment, etc.

I think learning BASIC would be much easier. It's what we learned in 7th & 8th grade.
We had 68HC11 Heathkit trainers in an advanced digital electronics class taught at the High School level. It took us a long time to learn to do even trivial things in assembly on those things, and we met for 10 hours per week. (Two 5 hour days).

more than 7 years ago

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