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                       |_|    ...2017-12-25 |___/ 

Merry winter solstice
(Whenver it was, I think the 21st.. matters not).
The reason I'm writing a blog now, has nothing to do with the season.
The reason was that somebody put a table of input-latency measurements online
and it's really interesting and depressing.
It basically shows that latency is increasing, the apple2 had quicker "from key
to screen" response than a 4 ghz i7. I'm aware of the technical reasons, and
appreciate the difficulty in amending this, but it nevertheless got me thinking
about something else, that is somehow related, maybe.
The table is available on the WWW: https://danluu.com/input-lag/ 

The world that ran away

If you're of a certain age, you remember a time where the ability to comprehend the finer details of the operations of your computer-machine was fully within your grasp, you might not have fully exploited that, but your interactions with the machine were inherently more intimate as more knowledge was required of you to make it perform. I think a lot of people long for that time, when they felt like, if they really gave it their all, they'd have a chance to get into the machine, to understand it, to know what _computing_ was really about. I think that is one reason for nostalgia in some of the more technically-minded of us. Let's be honest, the field is moving too fast for us to be acutely aware of all that happens, and technology moves at such a pace that, during the lag between a new idea reaching us, us comprehending and beginnign to use it, that idea may have been already replaced and obsolete. I think some of the appeal of the old computers, is this sense, that you're standing at the peak of the mountain, looking out into the future void. It lends a sense of the pioneer, it opens up for the imagination. It tickles the imagination in a different way to stand at the zenith of technological achievement in a different way. "Just imagine if I could make my _COMPUTER_ turn on the coffee maker in the morning!" or "Just imagine if I could make a searchable database of all my friends and families phone numbers and addresses", well, these are solved problems, your coffee maker can turn itself on, and there's an app for that. So you just don't get to dream so small. That might be some of the appeal of retro computing, forgetting, for a moment that many of those easy trains have gone, and pretending that there's still a throve of new exciting (and simple enough) things that _you_ can make your computer do, that's never been done before. Keep dreaming, no matter how small :) - OUT