Things I liked about 80's/90's computing:
- Total control over my hardware
- Software that worked with me, not against me
- Superior aesthetics (yeah I said it :3 )
- Overall sense of promise and freedom

Things I like about computing today:
- Easy and open access to knowledge
- Insane amounts of storage
- The sheer computing POWERRRR

Now if only we could make these attributes come together instead of being period exclusive. :blobthinking:

@polychrome Man all I want is GPIO without having to program a microcontroller :(

Dozens of ports for all kinds of peripherals, all that insane computing power… but you can’t just send a signal over a wire. Fuck modern PCs. At least the old ones had parallel ports you could abuse.

@dredmorbius @lachs0r General Purpose Input/Output. Basically a series of pins usually hooked up directly to the CPU that you can either turn on/off to manually send a signal or otherwise listen to an incoming signal. It's pretty great when working with electronic components.

@polychrome So -- device controls / programmable hardware / robotics?

That sort of thing?

@lachs0r

@dredmorbius @lachs0r anything at all. The difference from other ports like USB is that it's completely manual and has direct influence over the "powered on" and "powered off" state of each pin so your code has full control over what is happening. Can also be good for low latency input like joysticks.

It's pretty great if you're a programmer.

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