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Hardware, Embedded Systems In this article, I'm going to explore the idea that the 8 bit home computer not only had a great deal to offer the prehistoric early-humans of 1985 but that it may also have a place in the modern world; perhaps, there is something that we can learn from it. Having identified the laudable, worthwhile elements of this class of machine, I'm going to make some suggestions towards a scheme that would embody these characteristics in the form of a machine that would have a place within the modern world.
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by alexandru_lz on Wed 18th Apr 2007 20:18 UTC
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1 MB of flash memory is absolutely, way more than enough to store an operating system AND its apps. Try to move past the current trend where an app needs several KB of code just to start up, let alone do anything useful. If I remember well, GeOS for C64 came on... two or three disks, which meant about 200 KB and it had quite about everything Windows 3.1 had.

The only problem here would be with personal file storage and data caching, but still, at 128 MB of flash space, most users of such a machine would instantly become agoraphobic.

The end result would greatly depend on what you expect as an end-user, but to be fair, there are a lot of users who wouldn't mind *some* limitations. I could still do some bloody good work on something like the Mac Classic -- and if it were to be manufactured again, it would be really cheap.

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