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Rekindling Forth with a Propeller Jupiter Ace [feedly]

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  • bill rowe
    Shared via feedly // published on Hack a Day // visit site Rekindling Forth with a Propeller Jupiter Ace The Jupiter Ace was a small membrane keyboard,
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 28, 2013
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      Rekindling Forth with a Propeller Jupiter Ace

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      The Jupiter Ace was a small membrane keyboard, cassette tape drive computer akin to the ZX Spectrum released in 1982. Priced at £90, it was a little more expensive than its home computer contemporaries, but had a very interesting feature: instead of BASIC, the Ace ran Forth. This interpreted stack-based language is far more capable than the BASIC variants found on home computers of the day, but unfortunately the Ace failed simply because Forth was so foreign to most consumers.

      Not wanting to let a good idea die, [prof_braino] is bringing Forth back into the modern age. He’s using a Parallax Propeller to emulate a simple home computer running Forth. Instead of a book-sized computer, the new Propeller version runs on a single chip, with 8 CPU cores running 24 times faster than the original, with 32 times more RAM and an SD card for basically unlimited storage.
      Filed under: classic hacks, Microcontrollers


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    • Lee Hart
      ... Interesting! Though he does say that he s not emulating any part of the Jupiter Ace; he just built a computer that runs FORTH. -- Never doubt that the work
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        bill rowe wrote:
        > Shared via feedly <http://bit.ly/SA6Efh> // published on Hack a Day //
        > visit site <http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/hackaday/LgoM/~3/fxjzN2yAA10/>
        > *Rekindling Forth with a Propeller Jupiter Ace*

        Interesting! Though he does say that he's not emulating any part of the
        Jupiter Ace; he just built a computer that runs FORTH.

        --
        Never doubt that the work of a small group of thoughtful, committed
        citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever
        has! -- Margaret Mead
        --
        Lee A. Hart, http://www.sunrise-ev.com/LeesEVs.htm
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