Emulators of Classic Computers

From: Tom Jennings <tomj_at_wps.com>
Date: Thu Jan 15 15:53:48 2004

On Thu, 2004-01-15 at 12:29, der Mouse wrote:
> > But it's not even unlikely that half a century from now our clean and
> > neat binary logic hardware will be as robust and orthogonal-seeming
> > as electron tube logic does today. In fact, I think this is just as
> > or more likely than the former scenario.
> And any decent electronics hacker can interface electron-tube logic to
> modern-day logic with fairly minimal effort. I expect the analogous
> statement to be true 50 years from now.

Yes, it's not THAT hard, and tubes are very forgiving in their way
(never mind slow enough) but the knowledge is increasingly arcane is my
point, and approaches used are often wildly different, and that this
will occur again and again.

In fact, our past is probably easier to deal with than tomorrow's. Stuff
before now was often built from 'standard parts',and that's less true
today, and certainly more true for the current silicon crop.

Mainly my point was it's not safe to assume tomorrows past will be like
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