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by commodorejohn
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)
Replies: 65
Views: 1288

Re: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)

Because it's not as good at being x86 as the other options, and only somewhat better at hitting a power/performance sweet spot than a decent i5, and if you don't need x86 specifically I have no idea what you're doing looking at Atoms to begin with...
by commodorejohn
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)
Replies: 65
Views: 1288

Re: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)

Atom is surprisingly performant for what it is, but its main use is to give you something that's usable in a netbook form factor if you also require x86 compatibility. Beyond that, it has pretty much nothing to recommend it. ARM is indeed underpowered compared to other architectures; the frustrating...
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)
Replies: 65
Views: 1288

Re: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)

The nicest one I've personally owned was my R61, but the X201 I'm using as a daily driver now is quite nice as well.
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)
Replies: 65
Views: 1288

Re: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)

Yep. The Thinkpads aren't perfect (I still long for a modern laptop with a trackball, and newer Thinkpads changed out the keyboard for one of those irritating flat-topped variants,) but they're head and shoulders above almost everything else in the field.
by commodorejohn
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Car Talk
Replies: 13
Views: 305

Re: Car Talk

Yeah, that's why I didn't get a Volkswagen until I moved out to California. Woulda just been eaten away...
by commodorejohn
Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)
Replies: 65
Views: 1288

Re: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)

Yeah, it's a weird arrangement for a tiny trackpad, plus a rather cramped chiclet keyboard.
by commodorejohn
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)
Replies: 65
Views: 1288

Re: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)

The Pinebook would be interesting to me if it weren't yet another goddamn Chromebook with the fucking clickpad and chiclet keyboard. Ye gods.
by commodorejohn
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Operating Systems/Hardware
Topic: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)
Replies: 65
Views: 1288

Re: A Guide on Your Options for non-x86 Computers (2017)

That's kinda what I suspected. Really though I should just get my Orange Pi setup rolling, only there's a lot of BS involved in getting it to work with monitors that are *gasp* *shock* not 1080p . Well, anyway, I did manage to get this far, in that I got Debian rolling with a boot script that deliv...
by commodorejohn
Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: your latest purchase
Replies: 411
Views: 12346

Re: your latest purchase

After like a year waiting for Sweetwater to get them back in stock, I've finally plunked down for an Oberheim SEM reissue (patch-panel edition.) Looking forward to finally getting this :)
by commodorejohn
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: CP/M-80 ADA on HPPA linux
Replies: 5
Views: 121

Re: CP/M-80 ADA on HPPA linux

Ah, sweet :D Do share the code when you've got it all sorted out - there's a handful of CP/M emulators out there, but the only ones I'm aware of that provide transparent access to the host filesystem are DOS-only.
by commodorejohn
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: CP/M-80 ADA on HPPA linux
Replies: 5
Views: 121

Re: CP/M-80 ADA on HPPA linux

Ah, cool :) Does it use disk images, or does it provide access to the host filesystem for the CP/M program?
by commodorejohn
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: your latest purchase
Replies: 411
Views: 12346

Re: your latest purchase

Hah, I haven't seriously dug into Portuguese since years ago when I was translating some of my cousins' Aninha comics.
by commodorejohn
Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: your latest purchase
Replies: 411
Views: 12346

Re: your latest purchase

OPM and OPN actually do share more differences than you'd expect (and the OPN implemented with TDM distortion on early Genesis cannot be replicated with anything else unless you use the same amplifier). That's not my forte though since I get most exposure from the OPL series (*drool* OPL2 *drool*),...
by commodorejohn
Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: your latest purchase
Replies: 411
Views: 12346

Re: your latest purchase

There's a surprising number of Nekochanners who are into synthesizers, actually. I have no idea why this should be the case, but there you are. Anyway, the FB-01 is a fun little box :) Nowhere near as flexible as their professional-level FM keyboards, but plenty flexible enough to play around with, ...
by commodorejohn
Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: IBM
Topic: the IBM AS/400 machine-interface (MI)
Replies: 7
Views: 163

Re: the IBM AS/400 machine-interface (MI)

Y888099 wrote:So, is it similar to byte-code?

"Bytecode" is just a generic term for the machine language of a virtual-machine architecture, so, yes.

I'm curious, does it always do the translation dynamically on loading, or does it cache it in the filesystem somewhere?

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