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Thread: Silly Address/Data LED front panels on 80s machines.. or are they?

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    Yeah, I suppose the MCM/70 beats the Sphere handily. But the Sphere still beats the KIM-1, that didn't come out until 1976.

    Of course if what keeps getting regurgitated in pop media today is to be believed no one had ever even dreamed of a microcomputer with a boot ROM and keyboard before the Apple I...

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    But then, everyone knows that Steve Jobs invented the microcomputer--just like Nikola Tesla invented alternating current....

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    And Edison invented incandescent lamps.

    And Lee Iacocca invented the minivan.

    And NASA invented microwave ovens and Velcro™.

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    The KIM-1 was just reformatted LED lights.
    The French machine and the Sphere-1 were clearly a complete change.
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    French machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    French machine?
    I'm thinking of the later Micral computers, not the first ones.
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    By the time the Micral C came around, the no-LED systems were getting pretty common. Heck, the Apple didn't have them.

    The N of course, did.

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    It was pointed out to me this weekend that I completely missed the point of the OP.

    eeguru - Any hints on the project you are working on?

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    I read the thread title for what it was. eeguru could just as well have devised an LED peripheral for an S100 system that displayed address and data lines, even if there wasn't already one. Do you need one to do work? No. Do you want one to play a game? Yes.

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    When you're programming in machine language, (not assembly language,) the LEDs are the bare minimum you need, but also the most you really need to do your work.

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