"Toy" computers (was Re: Micro$oft Biz'droid Lusers)

From: Sean 'Captain Napalm' Conner <spc_at_conman.org>
Date: Thu Apr 25 18:46:03 2002

It was thus said that the Great Christopher Smith once stated:
> That pretty much describes commodore disk drives, yep. The
> point, though, is that they plug directly into an interface
> that's already on the machine, so we would get into the sticky
> discussion of how "directly" a drive must be handled. Require
> too much of the logic to be in the computer, and suddenly an
> external IDE disk wouldn't count.
> As an aside, I've heard of interesting things being done with
> the disk drive "computers," though I can't think of any off hand.

  The CPU in the disk drives could be programmed and I've heard stories of
programming two such drives to handle copying files between them, leaving
the main computer free to do other things, including being off entirely.

  -spc (Which is pretty neat actually ... )
Received on Thu Apr 25 2002 - 18:46:03 BST

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