metric vs. hexadecimal [was: Re: [oclug] KWeather]
miden at travel-net.com
Mon Mar 21 08:20:27 EST 2005
On Sun, 2005-03-20 at 23:11 -0500, Frank Stratton - VE3YY wrote:
> This is a true story!
> At one time believe it or not, a computer manufacturer I worked for, was
> looking into having a piece of memory represent three states, zero, one and
> not (zero or one). Memory was so expensive when I was first around computers
I seem to recall reading something about quantum computer's memory being
able to hold multiple states.
> They set one fellow off to see if he could design a computer system to
> this numbering system. The company went belly up before he completed
> project. I believe this was a fitting end to the idea because I think
> were going to send him to the funny farm. I've often wondered what
> have happened if he had succeeded.
Perhaps we would soon be reading anecdotes about the obscure, forgotten
On Sun, 2005-03-20 at 23:25 -0500, Richard Guy Briggs wrote:
> So, what would have happenned if we had evolved with 2 fingers and a
> thumb on each of 3 limbs, or 9 limbs? ;-)
Ergonomic keyboards would be a basic necessity?
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