Cooking a Computer

Over at 8 Bit Spaghetti, Kyle is building an 8 bit computer from discrete components. To repeat this feat, go over to Instructables and read the guide.

Personally, I enjoy his reading tips. Recommending books that are 20 and almost 40 years old for a digital project really makes me think. Despite working in a field that progresses so quickly, the base knowledge is still the same. I wonder how many of today’s developers know what the 7400-series is.

Another part of his journey that brings back memories is the chapter with his accounts of micro programming. A good micro programmer and a nice set of buses can really make the difference between an average and a quick computer. It also shows how closely related the digital hardware and actual programming actually are.

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