Hardware (What Interests me....) was : (PDP-8/s on e-bay)

From: Dave Dunfield <dave04a_at_dunfield.com>
Date: Thu Oct 21 20:54:42 2004

>But then it still amazes me that I know many programmers who don't own a
>'scope or soldering iron (and wouldn't really know how to use them
>anyway), but I don't know a single hardware hacker who doesn't have a C
>compiler and know how to use it.

The best hardware guy I know (by a lot) barely does any software - doesn't
know (or have) C, but has been known to do a quick-and-dirty BASIC program
when he has to. He does however understand low-level software and how it
relates to hardware very well - he has an uncanny abiilty to find the lowest
cost way to implement something and still make it "reasonable" from a
software point of view.

[I'm officially a software guy, but I have 3 scopes and a couple of
 soldering stations (even a desoldering station) - but I do agree: most
 software guys I know are not like that]

dave04a (at)    Dave Dunfield
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com             Vintage computing equipment collector.
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