[rescue] Small servers (was Re: WTT: 1.5G of PC2700 for 1G of PC100)
Geoffrey S. Mendelson
gsm at mendelson.com
Sun May 4 15:38:04 CDT 2008
On Sun, May 04, 2008 at 04:16:36PM -0400, Shannon Hendrix wrote:
> Almost no living programers today would even know how to write code
> for a machine that was not based on 8/16/32/64-bit 2's compliment CPUs
> and not too many more have any idea how to deal with a machine that is
> not Intel based or running a video console.
I don't know, It's been a long time, but I still could probably dredge
up with a few days time one of, BAL (IBM 360/370) (and channel programs),
COMPASS (CDC-6400) (and some familarity with the IO processors),
IBM 1130, and if I really had to HP 2100. The HP 3000 and Buroughs used
Algol, and I probably could dig that up too, though I don't think I wrote
Algol code for them, but I seem to remember writing it for something.
I might even be able to figure out again Comodore 64 (6502) and
Z80 assembly language too having written a few lines of code in them.
Gone forever are passing aquaintance with SHAL-A (Philco 1000/2000)
and 1401 Autocoder, which I looked at but never really wrote anything.
On the other hand, some of the newer processors I've written code for
such as the 8088, 680x0, PPC, AT&T 3B2, 80386 onward, and so on
was done in C, and I can't seem to remember much differences between
them that the C compilers did not take care of.
I'm not sure besides "folk tales" if they really mean much today. If I
were going to pitch myself as a BAL programmer who could write
300 lines of tested and commented code a day on a long term project
or a PERL/Bash code monkey, you can guess what I would do. :-)
> This is only the tip of the iceberg though... a good portion of
> software today WILL NOT EVEN RUN without a network connection.
> That's just pure stupidity.
No, it's good business. :-) Think of it as pay-per-view software.
Remember Sun's "the network is the computer"? That's the business
model with 99.99% "local offloading". IMHO the worst of both worlds.
Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Jerusalem, Israel gsm at mendelson.com N3OWJ/4X1GM
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