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April 03, 2023

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  • Remembering Gordon Moore and the iAPX432 debacle. (The Chip Letter)

    Intel's planned followup to the wildly successful 8080 was not the 8086 or even the Z80-like 8085, but the iAPX432, an object oriented mainframe-on-a-chip (well, mainframe-on-a-board since it was a multiple chip implementation) that actually eventually worked but was so slow that nobody ever used it for anything.

    It took a diametrically opposite approach to RISC: Instead of relying on clever compilers to make simple hardware work, it tried to bring the hardware up to the level of advanced programming languages like Ada.

    In 1975.

    It was 30 times as complicated as the 8080 but worse by almost every measure, and was completely abandoned.

    The only other company I know of that has attempted this is hi-fi maker Linn, whose Rekursiv CPU suffered a similar fate when it turned out that commodity Sun 3 workstations ran the same code cheaper and faster.


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That Apple Thing I Mentioned But Forgot to Post Video of the Day



Apple has made it so that a five cent part can't be replaced if it fails - and it does fail - rendering your laptop incapable of detecting when the lid is closed.

That's the least of the anti-consumer things Apple does, but it's one of the most inexcusable.

Also MacBooks lack the Four Essential Keys.


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