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I think this is really sweet & empowering. :)

"Abundance thinking. If the computing capacity feels too limited for anything, you can rethink it from the point of view of abundance (e.g. by taking yourself fifty years back in time): tens of kilobytes of memory, thousands of operations per second – think about all the possibilities!"
-- permacomputing.net/Principles/

@tty I'm currently playing with a chip that has 512 bytes of RAM. My current thinking is “I need 50 bytes for this, what on Earth am I going to do with the other ~450 bytes‽” 😊

@alderwick That sounds like a nice feeling.

Designing & building electronics circuits makes computing seem otherworldly powerful. The idea of storing just a few *bits* of memory, when working with analog circuits, feels really powerful & impressive.

@alderwick It's like I keep on forgetting how incomprehensibly powerful computers are.

@tty reading around that wiki helped me redirect my aims with limited platforms. i especially liked the bit on yin & yang in regards to tech hacking.

@tty A lot of people could do with this kind of thinking in cycling (18 gears isn't enough, they want 22, or 24, but when they started cycling they had 5)

@tty I would like to re-state that this reframing works for both past and present-day hardware. If one can get comfortable with limitations that go back a decade or two, using anything within 10 years feels like an insane power trip, despite it being considered barely enough in most dialogue heard today.

That's why I adore projects that show how ridiculously powerful today's "mundane/almost obsolete" hardware really is.

I know it's an obvious point, but I like dwelling on it for a bit.

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