Monday, September 14


Daily News Stuff 13 September 2020

Pieberry Edition

Tech News

  • Raspberry Pi overkill for you needs?  The Iconikal SBC is $7.99 on Amazon.  (Tom's Hardware)

    That includes - or included; it's currently sold out for some reason - a Rockchip RK3328 with four 1.5GHz A53 cores, 1GB RAM, a free 16GB microSD that you probably shouldn't trust, a power supply, and a 16x2 character LCD screen.

  • The next SpaceX Starship prototype will have the final nosecone and control surfaces and attempt a 60,000 foot flight.  (Tech Crunch)

    Per explodia ad astra.

  • Trying out ASRock's DeskMini X300 with Ryzen 4000G.  (WCCFTech)

    The first time I saw a picture of this thing I thought to myself, what a crappy, cheap case.  Turns out it was more of a crappy, cheap photograph; it's brushed aluminium that they somehow made look like poorly-molded plastic.

    It's a little larger than a NUC - it's a standard mini-STX form-factor measuring 6" x 6" x 3" where the typical NUC is 4" x 4" x2" - but on the other hand it can fit APUs up to 65W, two M.2 NVMe drives, and two 2.5" SATA drives.

    As expected, with a Ryzen 4000 APU it goes vroom.  Not recommended for overclocking though.

  • Windows 10 is getting a new Start Menu.  (Bleeping Computer)

    I only ever see the default start menu for as long as it takes me to install Start10, so I really couldn't comment.  It will suck though, that much is certain.  Couldn't comment apart from that it is certain to suck.

  • I should make the MUL, DIV, and MAC instructions on the Imagine two bytes, shouldn't I?  It won't affect the performance at all, except if you're multiplying by a 10-bit immediate value, and it frees up two whole pages of opcodes.

Retrocomputing Video of the Day

This looks a lot like the HP 200 Model 16, a tiny 68000-based workstation.  It's not, though; it's the HP 150, a tiny 8088-based touchscreen PC.

He's going to do a follow-up video on the disk drive unit, which is the same one as the Model 16.  I'll be interested to see that, since I've heard but can't confirm that these drives ran at 600 RPM, twice as fast as any normal 3.5" drive.

He notes an interesting point on the text mode used on this and other old HP devices.  The 150 has an 80x27 text display made up of 9x14 pixel characters.  But it then says fuck it, I'll do what I want and shifts individual pixels by a half pixel width or widens them by one third as needed to make individual characters more legible.

That's some trick.  Makes me want to reproduce it in my emulator, though you'd need a 4320-pixel-wide display to do that exactly.

Disclaimer: It's basically a bunch of dinosaurs in an industrial blender.

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1 Helpful hints: Something that's priced at $ 8.00  but you can't buy it isn't at $ 8.00. You have to actually have a transaction for the price to work.
But thank you, I'm probably going to look at the pine64 web store again, see if something materializes.

Posted by: Phil Fraering at Tuesday, September 15 2020 05:21 AM (Clxcy)

2 Very true.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, September 15 2020 08:29 AM (PiXy!)

3 Wel, shit.  Apparently I blocked some annoying popup at tom shardw are and now I can't see anything from them anyway.  Might be interesting, and that same bit of hardware is something like $70 at

Posted by: normal at Tuesday, September 15 2020 10:57 AM (obo9H)

4 Direct link to Amazon.  Currently unavailable though.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Tuesday, September 15 2020 12:14 PM (PiXy!)

Posted by: Phil Fraering at Tuesday, September 15 2020 10:41 PM (Clxcy)

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Apple pies are delicious. But never mind apple pies. What colour is a green orange?

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