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Comment Hoard hoard hoard (Score 1) 309

When I think about all the stuff I've given away, sold or scrapped over the years it makes me a little sad. An IBM 5155 luggable computer, several Apple IIes, a Spring Circle Apple IIe clone, a couple of Amstrad PC1640s and an Amstrad PC2286 amongst others. Of course, I'm buying it all back now at inflated modern prices :)

Comment Re:Not A8 (Score 1) 197

> No, I meant Acorn.

Acorn had Acorn as a Customer? ARM was not separate company from Acorn until after Apple invested. The Archimemdes was made by Acorn using the ARM processor that Acorn designed and had manufactured by VSLI Tech. It was only several years later (around 1989 IIRC) that Apple decided to invest, and the CPU business was spun off as Advanced RISC Machines. This was well after the ARM architecture had become well established outside the US by Acorn and the Archimedes. It was the existing success of Acorn that drew them to Apple's attention.

>They did very well in the UK schools market and quite well in the UK home market, which got ARM's volumes up, but they had almost no international sales so they were basically invisible to US...

I see. I have never lived in the US and don't share your perspective. The Archimedes sold a crapload better than the Newton here, with most Newton models never even being imported. But this is getting off-track. You said that the ARM was "made popular" by the Newton, which I dispute. Popular means something like:

regarded with great favor, approval, or affection especially by the general public; "a popular tourist attraction"; "a popular girl"; "cabbage patch dolls are no longer popular"

The fact is, the Newton was never regarded with great favour, approval or affection. The Archimedes was, and was regarded so several years before Apple had anything to do with Acorn or the Archimedes. I agree that the Newton established the ARM core as a low-power CPU for mobile devices. But what made the ARM core popular was Acorn well before Apple even had a look in.

Comment Re:Not A8 (Score 1) 197

>Having Acorn as a customer...

I assume you mean Apple. :)

>Newton demonstrated that you could put a reasonable amount of CPU power in a handheld without needing a huge battery

True enough, but Acorn had been making ARM computers for six years by the time the H1000 was released. It's hard to beleive Apple would have invested back in 1989 or thereabouts if ARM hadn't gained a notable place in the market already.

Comment Re:Not A8 (Score 1) 197

> Apple was one of the original ARM investors (back when it was Acorn RISC Machines) and pretty much made it popular with Newton...)

That's the first time I've ever heard the Newton described as "popular"!

Actually, Acorn (who, as others have noted, designed the ARM processor) made ARM popular with the Archimedes.

Comment Need two votes for one vehicle! (Score 1) 1141

I have a small, modern, efficient motorcycle. Ridden hard over winding hilly road it gets about 26 mpg (8.8 l/100km) and ridden gently on open roads it gets about 33 mpg ( 7.3 l/100km). It's much more fun to do the former than the latter though :) With 135KW (180 HP) and 0-160 kmh (0-100mph) in 2.7 seconds you have to keep shoveling in the fossils ;)

Submission + - New Zealand u-turns, will grant software patents ( 2

ciaran_o_riordan writes: Due to lobbying by a group called NZICT, New Zealand's parliament is now set to let go of its proposal to ban software patents. Patent attorney Steven Lundberg announced the details in a blog entry. This was quickly deleted, but not before it got stored in Google cache. Here we can read that "Hon Simon Power has asked MED [Ministry of Economic Development] to work with the Parliamentary Counsel’s Office to redraft the section along the lines of the European Patent Convention." Which is exactly the opposite of March's announcement that "computer software should be excluded from patent protection as software patents can stifle innovation and competition, and can be granted for trivial or existing techniques" The background to this case gives every reason to be hopeful, if computer users in New Zealand get active again.

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