Re: C= and internet

From: Marcello 'R.D.O.' Magnifico (
Date: 2001-02-02 22:08:11

> > How much complex do you think a browser for the 8-bit C= can be? 
> IMHO, the only tags that would *required* to be implemented are <A> (for
> the hyperlinks), <br>/<p>, and the forms-lot. Everything beyond that is
> pure luxury *cough* :)

Hm. In Lynx/Bobcat/others, I like having a rendering of the page close
enough to the original, just to understand it.

> > 320x200 image takes 8K if monochrome. Compressing and downsampling takes a
> > lot of CPU time and there's the real risk of making everything unreadable.
> Well, if the results of Netscape on a monochrome (1-bit) Xterminal are an 
> indication, I'd say that it'll be rather useless. 

Well, being Wave  a reality, I think it just depends on the dithering
algorhythm. Will try out a monochrome X server on a spare 486 here (in my
fleet designated as USS Jose Chung)...

> This all said, I had this nice little device sitting on my desk yesterday,
> consisting of a 8051 at 24 MHz (Comparable with a 2 MHz 6502 :-D ) and an
> Ethernet controller. They managed to put a web *server* in there, which had
> even enough free code-space to store objects locally (They used a P89C51RD+,
> which has 64K FLASH rom, alongside with 1 K RAM. It's not completely unfeasable
> that the Ethernet controller has some on-chip RAM as well, though)
> Very nifty. Plug it in a HUB, and your fridge sends you an e-mail if the
> beer is cold enough.

Huh? I'm also very interested. What sort of kernel and/or TCP-IP stack
runs on that? The 8051, if memory sustains, is a microcontroller shipped
in a variety of versions, one with internal BASIC interpreter and
TTL serial I/O (good to use a C= as its console, connected via the User


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