[rescue] A bit of Fun

Charles Shannon Hendrix shannon at widomaker.com
Thu Jun 19 17:49:23 CDT 2003

On Thu, Jun 19, 2003 at 12:26:42AM -0400, Steve Pacenka wrote:

> complicated video card architectures.  A limited IRQ count constrained
> the number of devices that could have dedicated interrupts, again

...or put another way, a limited ability to share IRQs.

The real problem was in requiring one per device in the first place.

A combination of both a number of IRQs and the ability to share them is

> In contrast I like the simplicity of early Mac hardware.  No need for
> parallel; fast serial can serve for modem, printer, and even light-duty
> networking; and SCSI is there for high speed interfacing of internal and
> external mass storage as well as scanners.  Multiple HIDs connect
> through one lightweight serial daisy chain.

The 8-bit Atari line beat them to this. For all practical purposes,
Atari had USB in 1979.

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