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Tandy 200
playing a set of calculated and listed instructions through the built in speaker.
Programmed in BASIC

Most of the code built in to this thing was written by Bill Gates, and you can sense that was not thought over a lot. The Atari had a lot more handy features for typing code. This thing is way to sensitive to little human errors like writing a wrong line number. Frequencies are programmed up side down, as a devision of a clock pulse. In short: It's an ass to program.

The LCD is 16 times 41 characters. It's black on olive, not backlit, low in contrast, hard to see.
It runs for 16 hours on 4 penlites. Turning it off does not erase the memory; it even continues to run on awaking turned off while running. Rebooting takes a sec. 

It's as light as a feather compared to the iBook. I would have taken it everywhere I go if it were user friendly.

It's so slow, I noticed a for:next loop is faster then a goto command. Printing a number to the screen causes an audible hold-up. Programming can't be done while playing. 

It's absolutely silent, unless you make it go "beep". The speaker is hidden inside, thus it has a thin character.
 

iBook 800
recording through the built in microphone.
A simple recording-device was 
programmed in Max/MSP.

This Mac was built at a peak of Steve Jobs career.

Max/MSP, by www.cycle74.com, is a graphic language, much like scratching with a stick in the sand. It takes a lot of mouse clicks to write in silicium, unless you use a 21th century stick like a Wacom pen.

The screen is about twice as large as the Tandy screen. It's 1024*786 pixels, backlit, bright, colourful and sharp.
It runs 3.5 hours on one battery load (rechargeable). Turning it off resets the memory, booting takes 2mins. The battery is a vulnerable, expensive and heavy part.

Though it seems to be one of the lightest contemporary machines, it's exactly a bit to heavy to carry around.

It's fast enough to program complex behavior while it's playing. It makes you believe that screengraphics do not take processing time, until you find out that calculations can not be done in time anymore.

You can hear it's harddisk in the recording. This machine's outputs sound fresh.

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5 goto 1000

7 brrr=rnd(1)*12538
9 for blib=1 to 150
10 splur=rnd(1)*7
20 fnuk=rnd(1)*1000:snuk=funk-500:brrr=brrr-snuk
40 sound brrr, splur
50 next blib
60 return

100 for rrr=16000 to 0 step -100
120 sound rrr, 1
140 next rrr
160 return

200 for lll=1 to 8
205 sound 12538, 12
210 sound 11836, 2
220 sound 11172, 8
230 sound 7456, 2
240 sound 7032, 3
250 sound 8368, 2
260 sound 7456, 2
270 sound 12538, 8
280 sound 6269, 1
281 sound 6268, 1
282 sound 6270, 1
283 sound 6268, 1
284 sound 6269, 1
275 sound 12538, 1
286 sound 6268, 1
287 sound 6270, 1
288 sound 6269, 1
290 sound 12538, 12
300 sound 7032, 6
310 next lll
320 return

400 for lll=1 to 8
405 sound 12538, 12
410 sound 11836, 2
420 sound 11172, 8
430 sound 3728, 2
440 sound 3516, 3
450 sound 4148, 2
460 sound 3728, 2
470 sound 12538, 8
480 sound 3134, 1
481 sound 3133, 1
482 sound 3135, 1
483 sound 3133, 1
484 sound 3132, 1
475 sound 12538, 1
486 sound 3134, 1
487 sound 3135, 1
488 sound 3134, 1
490 sound 12538, 12
500 sound 3515, 6
510 next lll
520 return

600 for lll=1 to 6
605 sound 12538, 12
610 sound 11836, 2
620 sound 11172, 8
630 sound 1674, 2
640 sound 1508, 3
650 sound 2074, 2
660 sound 3728, 2
670 sound 12538, 8
680 sound 1574, 5
685 sound 12538, 1
688 sound 1574, 4
690 sound 12538, 12
700 sound 1507, 6
710 next lll

750 for krr=1 to 100
760 prien=rnd(1)*1000
770 prr=krr-prien
777 if prr<0 then prr=prr*-1
780 sound prr, 1
785 next krr
790 return

1000 gosub 200
1010 gosub 100
1020 gosub 7
1030 gosub 100
1040 gosub 400
1050 gosub 100
1060 gosub 400
1070 gosub 7
1080 gosub 100
1090 gosub 200
1100 gosub 400
1120 gosub 100
1050 gosub 600
1160 gosub 7
1170 gosub 750
1180 end
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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