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How cool/geeky is this?

Postby Kris Warkentin » Fri Sep 10, 2004 2:35 pm

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Re: How cool/geeky is this?

Postby Colin Burgess » Fri Sep 10, 2004 3:01 pm

Of course someone will ask

"When will Linux run on my lego machine?"

Kris Warkentin wrote:
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/mjhoward/logic.html

cheers,

Kris

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Re: How cool/geeky is this?

Postby John Nagle » Mon Sep 13, 2004 6:23 am

Mechanical logic is quite possible, but those aren't very
good implementations. None of them have gain. It's like
diode/resistor logic. You need power shafts and clutches,
like a mechanical desk calculator. Once you have elements
with gain, and detents, so you can clean up a signal, you
can make arbitrarily long chains of mechanical logic.

Ever see a mechanical shift register? The first one is
in the London Transport Museum, and they are still seen
in older printing presses and textile machinery.

The peak of pure mechanical computation was reached
with the Burroughs Sensimatic and the Remington Rand
Model 3 Tabulator. Both were programmable devices that
worked entirely mechanically. Those were the last
of the pure mechanicals.

The Kensington Science Museum in London has good
collections of mechanical computational devices.

John Nagle

Kris Warkentin wrote:

http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/mjhoward/logic.html

cheers,

Kris
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Re: How cool/geeky is this?

Postby Steve Reid » Mon Sep 13, 2004 3:52 pm

John Nagle <nagle@downside.com> wrote:
Mechanical logic is quite possible, but those aren't very
good implementations. None of them have gain. It's like
diode/resistor logic. You need power shafts and clutches,
like a mechanical desk calculator. Once you have elements
with gain, and detents, so you can clean up a signal, you
can make arbitrarily long chains of mechanical logic.

I think the amazing part is that you can use Lego to build it. I remember
when the cool new addition to Lego was wheels -- suddenly, you could
create vehicles instead of just buildings. Windmills also became a
possibility.

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Re: How cool/geeky is this?

Postby Chris Herborth » Mon Sep 13, 2004 6:28 pm

Kris Warkentin wrote:
http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/mjhoward/logic.html

Have, I've seen that at Geocities and other places before:

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due to excessive bandwidth consumption.

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Please read Terms & Conditions on bandwidth usage.

I especially like that last bit. ;-)

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Re: How cool/geeky is this?

Postby Chris Herborth » Mon Sep 13, 2004 6:29 pm

Colin Burgess wrote:

Of course someone will ask

"When will Linux run on my lego machine?"

Chances are that NetBSD already supports it...

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