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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, Insightful) by regift_of_the_gods on Friday February 21 2014, @06:09AM

    by regift_of_the_gods (138) on Friday February 21 2014, @06:09AM (#4118)

    There's ARM. And as server-side computing is becoming mostly x86_64, I don't mind because it means that as I (slowly) learn to read the generated 64-bit instructions, I'm able to apply what I learned to different OS platforms. It's the trend towards JVM and other virtual machines that kinda bothers me. Now I've gotta learn this Node.js business and stuff like that, it's a totally different mindset from system programming. Java the language is not bad, but nobody - especially not employers - care about Java the language. They care about the hottest Java-based frameworks, APIs, and tools - or the same for Python, Ruby, or JS.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21 2014, @06:23AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 21 2014, @06:23AM (#4125)

    Now that there's a 64-bit ARM, will we finally truly have one architecture to rule them all? Which will win the final battle, AArch64 or x86-64?