On Friday 21 April 2006 6:44 pm, Earnie Boyd wrote:
> > Things get rather "interesting" when you're writing software for a
> > 266MHz ARMv5-based system with 32MB of RAM, even if it happens to be
> > running a fairly full version of Debian...
> 32MB is large compared to 64KB; that is all I had to work with when I
> started developing software.
Wow! You had a whole 64kB? What luxury!
The first system I used had only 16kB. This was in the research labs at
Short Brothers, in Belfast, where we used it for real time acquisition
and analysis of strain gauge data from destructive test experiments on
The only form of data storage was 8-inch floppy disks, with a capacity of
160kB each, IIRC -- might even have been less than that! It did,
however, boast a minimal FORTRAN compiler in ROM -- limited by the
absence of data type declarations, logical operators and logical IF
constructs, thus supporting only implicit typing of variables, as either
REAL or INTEGER, and the arithmetic IF for decision making.