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It explains the main challenge to circuit building even after transistors were invented:
from the book:
“For some time now,” wrote J. A. Morton, a vice president of Bell Labs, in an article celebrating the tenth anniversary of the transistor, “electronic man has known how ‘in principle’ to extend greatly his visual, tactile, and mental abilities through the digital transmission and processing of all kinds of information. However, all these functions suffer from what has been called ‘the tyranny of numbers.’
Only reason I can think of is that it may be difficult to program, right? Need equipment that is a bit more expensive maybe? Not sure.
And by difficult to program, I mean more difficult than newer chips like ATMega line (think Arduino), etc.
No the board runs CP/M and you can code in Assembler, Basic and I think Forth
What is the hardware programmer like? Is it expensive? Can you (did you) build one yourself? Is it just a serial interface? Is there a hardware programmer with USB interface?
Millions of questions here.
The MCU Atmega32A is used as universal I/O subsystem, as Eeprom, and as reset and 4/8MHz clock generator for the Z80 CPU.
Inside the Atmega32A it is flashed an Arduino bootloader taken from here, and it is possible to use the Board Manager of the Arduino IDE to "import" it.
Can you (did you) build one yourself?
I bought the board and am soldering components, a lot of the are on order so it will be a while before I can update.
Is it just a serial interface?
There is a community that offers other boards for this chip/board but I'm at an early stage so if I can get it running on serial I'll be happy and then go from there.
Is there a hardware programmer with USB interface?
I guessed you would be a US native, this side O' the pond you were either a Sinclair or a Commodore they had big battle for the bedrooms. I went '64 as most of friends had one. The tape drive was an art form all it's own
Thanks for the recommendation! I bought and finished the ebook. I didn't know Bob Noyce of Intel, together with Jack Kilby, was the integrated circuit inventor.
I was also from electronics school. All my classmates were reluctant in it because their grades did not meet the cutoff points of their choice course. I enrolled in electronics because I wanted to be an inventor like Thomas Edison. That was before I knew of his bad reputation. I was not good on hands-on activities like soldering and wiring, so I transitioned to a software development job in the end.
Good that George Boole and Claude Shannon are mentioned. It makes me want to learn boolean algebra and information theory.
I was the one who gave you a 5 for this recommendation.
Hellboy - I was one more random fan expected to see Hellboy 3. It didn't happen. But instead got this
Glass - Split was good. It increased unbreakable expectations & forced me to watch this. Disappointed
Rambo: Last Blood - This one actually expected bullet. It was only available movie at that showtime during our unplanned visit to nearby mall. I liked the previous movie(Rambo) for action sequences.
I've got the feline that you're purrfectly right on that one!
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