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- Run on minimal and improvised machines.
- Interface through improvised means (serial, keyboard, display).
- Edit text files.
- Compile assembler source files for a wide range of MCUs and CPUs.
- Read and write from a wide range of storage devices.
- Replicate itself.

@yogthos on the one hand I'm pretty sure if civilization collapses, getting a basic computer to work with spare parts would be the last of your worries.

On the other hand this project is far too much fun for me to dismiss for rational reasons. :blobowo:

@polychrome @yogthos That's been my experience. When the shit hits the fan, and you are worried about food, shelter, and water, that's all you have time or energy to think about. Add to that the likelihood of massive civil unrest, violence, and such, and I doubt anyone will have time to fuck with computers.

@bamfic @yogthos @polychrome Then again, wouldn't it be nice to be able to have a little computer to help with organizing? Or do math and stuff?

@bamfic @yogthos @polychrome

Eg. try watching a few old episodes of the BBC's computer education stuff. It's from an era where personal computers were just beginning to become popular and it's very interesting to hear the stories of how computerization gave businesses an edge.

My theory is that even if we went full Fallout-style-post-apocalyptic, the communities that could maintain their communication infrastructure and use computers to plan and optimize workflows would have an edge over those who don't.


@bamfic @yogthos @polychrome

Other example: inventory management

if scarcity becomes a problem, it would be very helpful to know what resources your community has

@grainloom @bamfic @polychrome I agree, even basic computing provides huge benefits in terms of organization and planning. Computers can also provide a knowledge base. For example, there are offline Wikipedia backups, and they're only 79 gigs or so. Having access to all that information would be a huge benefit.

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