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

From: Richard Erlacher <edick_at_idcomm.com>
Date: Sat Apr 27 02:12:35 2002

Often there's good reason why folks hacked their video toys to use them for
computing. Toy manufacturers weren't blind to this.

The packaging is a problem under some circumstances, since making an elegant
game station is a different task than making an elegant computing station.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan Wright" <dtwright_at_uiuc.edu>
To: <classiccmp_at_classiccmp.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2002 10:05 AM
Subject: Re: "Toy" computers (was Re: Micro$oft Biz'droid Lusers)

> Richard Erlacher said:
> >
> > The grandkids have Playstations. Adults might want 'em too, since some of
> > games are pretty slick. I don't relate to that, myself, but I know lots
> > folks enjoy a game as a form of diversion. I don't think anybody would
> > mistake one for a computer though it wouldn't surprise me to learn that
> > somebody somewhere had figured out how to make it run Linux. I just can't
> > imagine why one would want to.
> Well, for starters, the thing has a pretty impressive MIPS core, and there's
> faculty member here who's porting computational chemistry apps to the PS2
> running linux...
> http://spawn.scs.uiuc.edu/research/sonyps2/ps2project.htm
> - Dan Wright
> (dtwright_at_uiuc.edu)
> (http://www.uiuc.edu/~dtwright)
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