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My old computer has a 64 x 32 or 64 x 64 pixel resolution and a 3x 4 pixel font (all upper case) was used for such things as Tiny BASIC. Memory was a big issue and the font and the routines to draw strings into display memory bloated up the interpreter from 2k to 3k, leaving you with only 1k left for your BASIC programs.
My version of this encodes the full set 0f 96 printable ASCII characters in just 288 bytes and about 256 bytes for the drawing routines, a little over 1/2 k total. My font is not monospaced, so I usually get more than 16 characters per line. As a bonus, the routine that draws the characters can also be used to draw sprites.
Readability is quite a problem with this sort of fonts. You don't have a pixel to spare, but some characters (like Q, M, W, # or &) need a width of 4 or 5. I find it readable and useful enough for a computer from 1976: COSMAC Elf screenshot[^]
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.
Thanks for the screenshot! It did some good to grow up on systems like this. CPUs are now so fast, and memory so cheap, that you get folks developing systems that need to scale using approaches like Thread Per User, Thread Per Request, or even Thread Per Object. And then wondering why the system tips over.
"the debugger doesn't tell me anything because this code compiles just fine" - random QA comment
"Facebook is where you tell lies to your friends. Twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers." - chriselst
"I don't drink any more... then again, I don't drink any less." - Mike Mullikins uncle
For a minute I was impressed, until I realised it's just too good to be true. They can't have advanced robots this far yet otherwise we would have seen plenty of videos even just getting some of this stuff to work. It pretty good CGI though... until the dog
Kind of disappointed and relieved at the same time. It would be a great advancement in technology, but undoubtedly will be used for the wrong reasons when it does happen.