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posted by LaminatorX on Friday February 21 2014, @05:33AM   Printer-friendly
from the I-don't-care,-I'm-still-free.-You-can't-take-the-garage-from-me dept.

demonlapin writes:

"Brian Benchoff at Hackaday has an ambitious new project: a homebrew computer based not on a classic 8-bit processor like the Z80 or 6502, but on the 16-bit Motorola 68000. It's a backplane-based machine with wire-wrapped connections planned. His first summary post is here. Blinkenlights are planned."

[ED Note: With so much commercially available hardware getting more and more locked down, projects like this are a good reminder of what is possible for a dedicated enthusiast.]

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by toygeek on Friday February 21 2014, @05:38AM

    by toygeek (28) on Friday February 21 2014, @05:38AM (#4104) Homepage

    *This* is the stuff I loved /. for back in the day. SN: You're doing it right!

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by davester666 on Friday February 21 2014, @08:06AM

    by davester666 (155) on Friday February 21 2014, @08:06AM (#4159)

    My university (UofA, no, not Alabama or Arkansas, but Alberta) used small 68K motherboards, with some RAM, various serial/parallel ports and had us create a hardware project out of it.

    I made a wire-wrap video card, with the RAM [also all wire-wrapped] being accessed alternately by the video circuitry and the CPU. Good times.

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by fleg on Friday February 21 2014, @09:22AM

    by fleg (128) Subscriber Badge on Friday February 21 2014, @09:22AM (#4178)


    my favourite bit of the article:-

    "A much better solution would be uCLinux. It’s designed for embedded systems and has ports for just about everything, including the 68000. This, a C compiler, and a text editor are all anyone really needs for a fully functional computer."

    made me smile.