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The 'Asmara to Massawa Road' (in Eritrea):
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Wasn't that one of Sinclair's claims, that the ZX80/81 had the welly to power a moon rocket or a power station
In 1969, the Apollo 11 guidance computer had 4 kilobytes of RAM and a 32kb hard disk.

Just 11 years later, the ZX80 arrived with a whopping 256kb of RAM. EDIT 256 BYTES of RAM, not kb. I'm an idiot

Here's Margaret Hamilton, who led the team that developed the software to run that Apollo computer system:



She and her team are considered the first software engineers (she coined the term). They were among the 400,000 people it took to land humans on the moon and return them safely to Earth.

As a kid, I was obsessed with the Gemini and Apollo space programs. I guess I still am

Last edited by robotunes; 10th April 2020 at 04:27 PM.. Reason: ZX80 had 256 bytes of RAM, not kb, which would have been phenomenal in a home computer back then!
Old 10th April 2020
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In 1969, the Apollo 11 guidance computer had 4 kilobytes of RAM and a 32kb hard disk.

Just 11 years later, the ZX80 arrived with a whopping 256kb of RAM.

Here's Margaret Hamilton, who led the team that developed the software to run that Apollo computer system:



She and her team are considered the first software engineers (she coined the term). They were among the 400,000 people it took to land humans on the moon and return them safely to Earth.

As a kid, I was obsessed with the Gemini and Apollo space programs. I guess I still am
I too am obsessed with balancing things, I haven't sent anyone to the moon though. Maybe I should, the moon is lonely:
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In 1969, the Apollo 11 guidance computer had 4 kilobytes of RAM and a 32kb hard disk.

Just 11 years later, the ZX80 arrived with a whopping 256kb of RAM.

Here's Margaret Hamilton, who led the team that developed the software to run that Apollo computer system:

She and her team are considered the first software engineers. They were among the 400,000 people it took to land humans on the moon and return them safely to Earth.

As a kid, I was obsessed with the Gemini and Apollo space programs. I guess I still am


Its amazing how powerful computers have become and how we take them for granted. Who'ed have thought 50 years ago people would of imagined us sitting at home/work in isolation casually posting full colour multi MB random crazy pics and gifs on a music forum out of boredom.
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In 1969, the Apollo 11 guidance computer had 4 kilobytes of RAM and a 32kb hard disk.
...Except there was no hard disk:

It was all done with "Core Rope Memory"!
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Its amazing how powerful computers have become and how we take them for granted. Who'ed have thought 50 years ago people would of imagined us sitting at home/work in isolation casually posting full colour multi MB random pics and gifs on a music forum out of boredom.
...using a pocket-size computer/camera/phone/music player that bounces signals off satellites in a split-second!
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...using a pocket-size computer/camera/phone/music player that bounces signals off satellites in a split-second!
I read all of that in Marvin the paranoid androids voice


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...using a pocket-size computer/camera/phone/music player that bounces signals off satellites in a split-second!
...Maybe if you had pockets as deep as NASA in 1969:
Here's what it looked like:
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Its amazing how powerful computers have become and how we take them for granted. Who'ed have thought 50 years ago people would of imagined us sitting at home/work in isolation casually posting full colour multi MB random crazy pics and gifs on a music forum out of boredom.
I remember growing up in the 90s not having a computer, and I remember most kids not having one at home either. Going to the computer lab once a week was a thing in school. Then in the early 00s we had a home computer, and I became addicted thanks to things like:


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a nice means of transport


Too IKEA.
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...Except there was no hard disk:

It was all done with "Core Rope Memory"!
Thanks! Love learning anything about any space program.
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I remember growing up in the 90s not having a computer, and I remember most kids not having one at home either. Going to the computer lab once a week was a thing in school. Then in the early 00s we had a home computer, and I became addicted thanks to things like:


It was RS that kept me going during my darkest years.
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Thanks! Love learning anything about any space program.
Well in that case I would be remiss if I did not point you to this:
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In 1969, the Apollo 11 guidance computer had 4 kilobytes of RAM and a 32kb hard disk.

Just 11 years later, the ZX80 arrived with a whopping 256kb of RAM. EDIT 256 BYTES of RAM, not kb. I'm an idiot

Here's Margaret Hamilton, who led the team that developed the software to run that Apollo computer system:



She and her team are considered the first software engineers (she coined the term). They were among the 400,000 people it took to land humans on the moon and return them safely to Earth.

As a kid, I was obsessed with the Gemini and Apollo space programs. I guess I still am




Built across the street from where I grew up.
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Well in that case I would be remiss if I did not point you to this:
Thanks for the recommendation!

I prefer documentaries though. Not trying to be snooty. Hearing an astronaut say, "We had a 30% chance of coming back alive" is much different than hearing an actor say it.

What are your fave docs? Chatting with you makes me want to rewatch:

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It was RS that kept me going during my darkest years.
I wonder if we ever ran across each other, I started the week RS2 launched. I pretty much wasted entire summers playing Runescape. Remember when this was the pinnacle?
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